by Jeff Strite

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A Christmas Tree in Bethlehem (3 of 4)
Series: The Immanuel Chronicles
Jeff Strite
Isaiah 11:1-10

Back in 2008 an Englishman named Greig Howe bought a 35-foot tall Christmas tree for his house. Now that's a pretty big tree. And you'd expect that Mr. Howe must then have a fairly large house. But he didn't. His was a two story dwelling that was only 30 feet tall.
So, did he just put the tree on the OUTSIDE his home and decorate it there?
No. What he did was he cut that tree into three almost equal parts and installed them in every floor of his house... including the roof!
He put the bottom chunk that has 10ft long branches in the living room.
The middle part was squeezed into the spare bedroom above.
And the top section, measuring 15ft, was placed on the roof directly above the bedroom.
It took Howe and 7 of his friends 2 entire days to put the tree in place.
Then they decorated it with 160 big ornaments and whopping 2000 LED lights. It even had a star perched on top.

Today I'm going focus on 3 facts about this tree:
1. It was a "Big" tree.
2. It was a "dead" tree.
3. And (outside of being a pretty tree) it didn't do anything of any value

Greig said: "From the outside it is a bit of an optical illusion because it appears to be one huge tree that has shot up through the ceilings and floorboards and out through the roof."
(12/17/08 Bizarre News).

A tree that "shot up thru the ceiling and floors and out thru the roof"
That's interesting. But that was all just an optical illusion.
Isaiah 11 that God planted a Christmas tree in Bethlehem... but His tree wasn't an optical illusion.

In the previous chapters God said it was His plan to cut down the trees of Assyria and Israel
Of Assyria He says: "See, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, will lop off the boughs with great power. The lofty trees will be felled, the tall ones will be brought low. He will cut down the forest thickets with an ax; Lebanon will fall before the Mighty One." Isaiah 10:33 ...

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