by Mark Karris

Walking Fruit Trees of Righteousness
Mark Karris
Isaiah 61:3

If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be? A big tree? A small tree? A short tree? A tall tree? A tree with a lot of fruit and leaves on it? A tree that is thriving? Or a rotted and barren tree and one that is dieing? A tree in a forest? A tree on an island? A tree all by itself in a desert? Or a tree on a savanna giving shade to a lion? If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?

Today I want to talk about Trees and the Christian Life.

Most of us are familiar what Jesus said in Luke 4:18-19- (Isaiah 61:1)- The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor Is. 61:2 Continues in Isaiah
and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
Isaiah 61:3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks (oaks; or any large, mighty tree without reference to a specific species) of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

What kind of tree are you? Are there any Trees of Righteousness here?
I believe the metaphor of trees can teach us a lot about the Christian life. The Bible throughout the Old and New Testament uses the metaphor of trees and fruit to talk about human beings in their relationship to God and others.

As Isaiah points out, God, the Grand Gardener desires for us to be trees of righteousness, and I envision the calling of the church to be walking Gardens of Eden bearing beautiful and life-giving fruit that displays the glory and splendor of God.

There is an interesting story in the book of Mark, that I want to mention in passi ...

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