Saturday, July 2, 2011

2011 July 2 - Morning Manna

And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
(Genesis 3:8).

 Today's Morsel:  Trees. There are many types of trees.  There are hardwood, softwood, evergreen, and even fruit trees.  Trees serve many purposes: Wood to keep us warm in the winter; some provide food and shade, such as the Elm and Weeping Willows; we use trees for the construction of our homes, and even making weapons.   The Bible says "And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil"(Genesis 2:9).  But oftentimes when the Bible when  refers to trees, it is associated with men.  Men are seen as trees.  When Ezekiel returned to the brink of the river, there were trees on the banks of the river.  When Jesus  took the blind man by the hand, led him out of the town; and He had spit on his eyes and put His hands upon him, He asked him what he saw.  And the man looked up, and said, "I see men as trees, walking" (Mark 8:23-24).  John records in Revelation 21:1-2, "And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations".  Notice, trees and the leaves of the tree were for healing of the nations.  Jesus has sent us forth to heal and to set the captives free.  When we understand that we are one in Christ, we are to be strong.  Other times we are to be soft and compassionate.  We must provide shelter and shade our families from every wind of doctrine and the fiery darts of the wicked one. Our lives must display the fruit of the Spirit, and we must be as the evergreen, full of life.  Zacchaeus got up in a tree so he could see Jesus.  Many people are hiding among the trees like Adam and Eve, they don't want their sins to be revealed.  They hear the voice of Jesus, "Asking where are you', but they know that what they have done goes against God's Word and so they are hiding from God among the trees.  They hear His voice, but they are afraid to come out.  But if a person wants to be completely delivered,  they've got to come out from among the trees.
Sing:  He says come unto me all who are weary, and I will give you rest.  Bring what hurts, bring your scars, bring the load that you carry, and I will give you rest.

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