While walking at the park, I noticed one of the tallest trees had fallen down. It was dead, an oak tree that was a favorite landing place for birds and even vultures who enjoyed the high viewpoint. The Lord Jesus takes us out of bondage and spiritual death he gives us joy and we become as his living trees of righteousness.
Isa 61:3 to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them a garland for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Jehovah, that he may be glorified.
A close look at a section of the tree that looked like an old face with sorrowful expressions. It is a matter of perspective, it was a majestic oak tree or a miserable dead thing?
In Christ we are joyful, living forever.
I noticed that someone had already carved his initials in the fallen trunk. How brave we are to whittle our fame on something once majestic. Like someone gloating. I am thinking again of our nation once strong, but now the leaders mar its substance with wicked laws?
Isa 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Isa 5:21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
An earlier picture reminds me of this stately tree with arms stretched up to the LORD. Another image comes in view of a once great Christian Cathedral, that opened it's doors to Muslim prayers. Would Islam open their doors to us? No way, what were the church leaders thinking? Liberal thinking is not following the Spirit of the Living God.
Mat 7:24 Every one therefore that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them, shall be likened unto a wise man, who built his house upon the rock:
Mat 7:25 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and if fell not: for it was founded upon the rock.
Mat 7:26 And every one that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand:
Mat 7:27 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and smote upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall thereof.
The birds loved to land in the upper limbs of the tree. Birds hang out in churches too, they are symbols of devils eating up the word of truth. The church is the visible kingdom of heaven on earth.
Mat 13:31 Another parable set he before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
Mat 13:32 which indeed is less than all seeds; but when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the heaven come and lodge in the branches thereof.
The tree has fallen. How long will it be before the nation falls under judgement? Cathedrals may fall, but the living church resides in each believer. If Jesus Christ is both your master and your savior, you are part of the living church of God.
1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
1Jn 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
1Jn 4:3 and every spirit that confesseth not Jesus is not of God: and this is the spirit of the antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it cometh; and now it is in the world already.
1Jn 4:4 Ye are of God, my little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.