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Trees That Testify (1 of 13)
Series: Revival Preaching
Let's for a moment think about trees in the Bible. In Luke 19 there is mention of a certain tree. Most people have known about that tree since childhood. Many will identify with every tree in this chapter, and some will relate to one or two. But I trust that at least two of these trees will be essential to you. Trees are interesting. When my family moved to Hobbs, New Mexico, I asked my wife if she thought the Lord was call-ing us to that state. She replied, "No, there are no trees." She's from Arkansas where there are large beautiful trees, and in Hobbs there were no trees, no bridges, and not much water.
I remember reading about a city in Wisconsin where a courthouse was going to be built. There was a furor over whether a huge maple tree would be cut down or not. All kinds of people drew up a petition, saying a courthouse could not be built at that particular location because the engineer and landscapers had stated that the maple tree would have to go. Finally, the rebellion of the people was so strong that they decided to leave the maple tree, and literally built the courthouse around the tree!
Did you read about the lady who stood by a cottonwood tree with a shotgun and threatened to kill anyone who cut on her tree? That's what I call loving a tree.
People love the shade and the luxuriant growth of trees. There is a majestic quality about a tree. I suppose that God loved a tree. "Poems are made by fools like me," wrote Joyce Kilmer, "but only God can make a tree." There are seven important trees from which we can learn vital lessons.
THE SYCAMORE TREE
In Luke 19 the sycamore is seen as the tree of salvation. And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, ...
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