Saturday, March 24, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 March 24

“When thou shalt besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof by forcing an axe against them: for thou mayest eat of them, and thou shalt not cut them down (for the tree of the field is man's life) to employ them in the siege: Only the trees which thou knowest that they be not trees for meat, thou shalt destroy and cut them down; and thou shalt build bulwarks against the city that maketh war with thee, until it be subdued” (Deuteronomy 20:19-20).

Today’s Morsel:  I love fruits and nuts.  I could easily live off them without anything else.  From the beginning of creation, this was man’s food.  As the Lord told Adam and Eve, “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat” (Genesis 1:29).  However, today we see that a lot of the trees that we were told to not cut down are being cut down and use for building furniture and homes.  The Lord told Moses that when they took a city during a war that they were not to cut down the trees for meat.  In other words, those that provided fruit and nuts, for they were man’s life.  And yet we see that they besieged Jerusalem for a long time and cut down the tree of life, Jesus Christ, which was their meat.  And even today, man wants to cut down the tree, the church, which is his life and think that he can live without it.

Sing:  So, I’ll cherish the Old Rugged Cross, till my trophies at last I’ll lay down.  I will cling to the Old Rugged Cross and exchange it some day for a crown.

Thought for today: Don’t cut down the fruit tree.

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