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Trees play a most vital role in our lives. Trees are essential for survival and continuation of human life. Trees keep our environment clean and pleasant. Trees are very helpful to our respiratory system. If there would be no trees on the face of this earth, then the existence of life would be impossible.

It is written in the Word of God that before the creation of Adam and Eve, on the third day, the earth brought forth all the plant life by the words of God.

“And God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth’: and it was so”

Genesis 1:11, KJV

 

Then on the sixth day God made man;

“And God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth’”

Genesis. 1:26

 

God breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life;

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”

Genesis 2:7

 

God gave him the responsibility to plow and guard the Garden of Eden:

“And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it”

Genesis 2:15

 

In the garden all the trees were bearing fruit. Adam and Eve had complete freedom to eat the fruit of all the trees, to keep themselves healthy and active—except one tree. But Adam and Eve ate that forbidden fruit. They committed sin against God. Due to their sin and disobedience the earth received the curse and from that time there grew thorns and wild bushes and all the wild trees.

The sin of Adam and Eve was that they took from the tree which was forbidden; they disobeyed God.

“But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, ‘Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die’”

Genesis 3:3

 

After the fall of Adam and Eve, God prevented access to the tree of life with the help of an angel with a sword. (That was not a physical tree).

“And the Lord God said, ‘Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever—Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life”

Genesis 3:22-24

 

As the man was progressing, he cut the trees, got the wood and then he made different things with this wood. Nowadays we see beautiful furniture, cupboards, sofas, doors, made of wood. Let us look into the Word of God with regard to wood:

21. Noah built a big ship (ark) with gopher wood. Those who entered into the ark were saved but the rest of the population perished in the flood. This wood was used to form a ship. It is a symbol of protection, safety and security. This is also the picture of human salvation. God saved Noah and his family by the tree, the wood, the ship.

“And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood”

Genesis 7:7

 

“And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark”.

Genesis 7:23

 

22. When Abraham offered his beloved son Isaac as a burnt offering before God. He laid him on wood on the altar.

“And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him”.

Genesis 22:3

 

“And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood”

Genesis 22:9

 

23. God spoke to Moses through a burning bush (a type of wood) and commanded him to liberate the people of Israel from Egyptian bondage.

“And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed”

Exodus 3:2

 

“Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt”

Exodus 3:1

 

24. Aaron had a rod in his hand that was made of wood. By the commandment of God he threw his rod in front of Pharaoh’s sorcerers and it turned into a serpent. The sorcerers also threw their rods, they also became serpents, but the rod of Aaron swallowed the sorcerer’s rods.

“For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods”.

Exodus 7:12

 

The sorcerers imitated Aaron but their work could not stand. Aaron’s rod was stronger than the rods of the sorcerers. The people of God are always victorious, and overcome the people of the world.

25. The wooden staff is also depicted as a provider. By the order of God, Moses struck the rock with his rod and water came out.

“‘Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink.’ And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel”.

Exodus 17:6

 

26. Aaron struck his rod on the water and the water turned into blood.

“And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood”

Exodus 7:20

 

27. God used wood to take revenge on His enemies. Aaron stretched out his rod over the land and the people of Egypt suffered with lice.

“And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast”

Exodus 8:18

 

28. Moses took his rod and stretched his arm over the Red Sea and the water was divided. The people of Israel passed through the sea as if on dry land.

“But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea”

Exodus 14:16

 

29. Wood was used in the tabernacle for burnt offerings.

“And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire”.

Leviticus 1:7

 

30. As the people of Israel were passing through the wilderness, they found the water which was bitter and they could not drink. They grumbled. God showed a tree to Moses and told him to put into the water. The bitter water turned into sweet water and people were able to drink.

“And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people murmured against Moses, saying, ‘What shall we drink?’ And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them”

Exodus 15:23-25

 

31. The enemies of God used a lot of wood to burn Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego but He quenched the heat of the fire. The three men survived, and a fourth One appeared with them in the fire, and protected them.

“Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace (one) seven times more than it was wont to be heated”

Daniel 3:19

 

“Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied [astonished], and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, ‘Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?’ They answered and said unto the king, ‘True, O king.’ He answered and said, ‘Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God’”

Daniel 3:24-25

 

32. The rod was used for training, discipline, and punishment.

“Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell”

Proverbs 23:13-14

 

33. Wood gives wisdom.

“The rod and reproof give wisdom …”

Proverbs  29:15

 

34. Wood is the symbol of death. Judas Iscariot was hanged on a tree. It is a symbol of judgment and punishment.

“And he cast down the pieces of silver into the sanctuary, and departed; and he went away and hanged himself”

Matthew 27:5, ASV

 

35. Paul writes to the saints at Corinth, they were his spiritual children in the Lord.

“What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?”

1 Corinthians 4:21

Here Paul talks about instruction and discipline:

36. The shepherd used the rod and staff to protect his sheep from the wild beasts.

37. The sheep (believer) is comforted by the rod and staff.

“… thy rod and thy staff they comfort me”

Psalms 23:4

 

38. In the tabernacle there was a wooden table.

39. Solomon used a lot of precious wood in the building of the Temple.

“Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and the brass for things of brass, the iron for things of iron, and wood for things of wood; onyx stones, and stones to be set, glistering stones, and of divers colours, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance”

1 Chronicles 29:2

 

40. God speaks through the prophet Haggai.

“‘Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified,’ saith the Lord”

Haggai 1:8

 

Today the houses of God are built by the people who are purchased by the blood of the lamb.

The Wood and the Manger, the Wood and the Cross:

 

f). At God’s appointed time, Jesus was born. Right after his birth, he was put in a manger, and the manger was made of wood. The Savior of the world was laid in a wooden manger. God did a great work to save mankind and restore the broken relationship of the Garden of Eden. The manger is a symbol of lowliness, inferiority, insufficiency and poverty.

“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich”

2 Corinthians 8:9

 

At the time of Jesus’ incarnation, wood was used to make a manger. The Savior of the world was laid down in a manger made of wood. The Savior was laid down in the wooden manger so that everybody could come and see him easily.

It is very interesting to notice that Joseph, the earthly custodian or guardian of Jesus, was also connected with the profession of wood working. Joseph was a carpenter.     As a boy Jesus helped his guardian, his earthly father. As a perfect man Jesus learned the skill and trade of carpentry.

g). When He was thirsty, Jesus asked for a drink on the cross. The soldiers offered him vinegar.

“After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith,’ I thirst.’ Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, ‘It is finished’: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost”

John 19:28-30

 

“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree”

Galatians 3:13

 

h). When Jesus concluded his earthly ministry, he was crucified. His cross was also made of wood.

i). Jesus was hanging on the tree, on the wood, on the cross.  He said to the thief, today you will be with me in paradise.

“And Jesus said unto him, ‘Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise’”

Luke 23:43

 

j). Wood brings salvation. Through the work done on the cross, still today many people enter into the kingdom of God.

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God”

1 Corinthians 1:18

 

On the cross Jesus gave his life. He died. He was buried. He rose again on the third day, ascended into the heaven. One day he will come back and take His people home and they will live with Him forevermore. The sinners will be judged, punished and the saints will be rewarded. The work done on the cross saves us. The cross is the power of God. The enemy was defeated by the work done on the cross

The branch of a tree turned the bitter water into sweet water. The cross of Jesus turns our dark lives into light, our hopeless lives into hopeful lives, and depressed lives into dignified lives, our sinful lives into saintly lives. It turns our trials into triumphs. The cross turns a bitter life into a sweet life. It turns a purposeless life into a purposeful life.

The cross gives a message of comfort. There is a judgment on the cross. The thief on the right entered into Paradise (the kingdom of God) and the thief on the left entered into eternal punishment. The tree of life is not a physical tree. They will be in the presence of the Lord, they will be in heaven:

“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city”

Revelation 22:14

 

In the great task of salvation, wood plays a vital role. Right after his incarnation Jesus was laid in a wooden manger. For his crucifixion and for the salvation of sinners, He was hanged on the cross, a tree; wood.

Now it is in the hands of man to accept or reject Christ, and according to his free will or the decision he reaches his destination. From the manger to the cross, the message of the Savior is vivid and clear. When a person understands the journey of wood to wood by the power of the Holy Spirit he has a deep and personal experience and accepts Jesus as his personal Savior.

May the Lord help you by His Spirit to know and comprehend the great power of God behind the manger and cross which is beyond human understanding.

Merry Christmas! May our dear heavenly Father bless you with physical and spiritual blessings.