The Story of the 3 Trees

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From the first time I read the following story I’ve never forgotten it. It’s an amazing allegory which teaches us that our carnal dreams must die before God’s heavenly dreams for us can come true-For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-10

The Three Trees

Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up.

The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: “I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I’ll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!”

The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on its way to the ocean. “I want to be traveling mighty waters and carrying powerful kings. I’ll be the strongest ship in the world!”

The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. “I don’t want to leave the mountain top at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me, they’ll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest tree in the world.”

Years passed. The rain came, the sun shone, and the little trees grew tall. One day three woodcutters climbed the mountain.

The first woodcutter looked at the first tree and said, “This tree is beautiful. It is perfect for me.” With a swoop of his shining axe, the first tree fell.

“Now I shall be made into a beautiful chest. I shall hold wonderful treasure!” the first tree said.

The second woodcutter looked at the second tree and said, “This tree is strong. It is perfect for me.” With a swoop of his shining axe, the second tree fell.

“Now I shall sail mighty waters!” thought the second tree. “I shall be a strong ship for mighty kings!”

The third tree felt her heart sink when the last woodcutter looked her way. She stood straight and tall and pointed bravely to heaven.

But the woodcutter never even looked up. “Any kind of tree will do for me,” he muttered. With a swoop of his shining axe, the third tree fell.

The first tree rejoiced when the woodcutter brought her to a carpenter’s shop. But the carpenter fashioned the tree into a feedbox for animals.

The once beautiful tree was not covered with gold, nor with treasure. She was coated with sawdust and filled with hay for hungry farm animals.

The second tree smiled when the woodcutter took her to a shipyard, but no mighty sailing ship was made that day. Instead, the once strong tree was hammered and sawed into a simple fishing boat. She was too small and too weak to sail on an ocean, or even a river; instead, she was taken to a little lake.

The third tree was confused when the woodcutter cut her into strong beams and left her in a lumberyard.

“What happened?” the once tall tree wondered. “All I ever wanted was to stay on the mountain top and point to God…”

Many, many days and night passed. The three trees nearly forgot their dreams.

But one night, golden starlight poured over the first tree as a young woman placed her newborn baby in the feedbox.

“I wish I could make a cradle for him,” her husband whispered.

The mother squeezed his hand and smiled as the starlight shone on the smooth and the sturdy wood. “This manger is beautiful,” she said.

And suddenly the first tree knew he was holding the greatest treasure in the world.

One evening a tired traveler and his friends crowded into the old fishing boat. The traveler fell asleep as the second tree quietly sailed out into the lake.

Soon a thundering and thrashing storm arose. The little tree shuddered. She knew she did not have the strength to carry so many passengers safely through with the wind and the rain.

The tired man awakened. He stood up, stretched out his hand, and said, “Peace.” The storm stopped as quickly as it had begun.

And suddenly the second tree knew he was carrying the king of heaven and earth.

One Friday morning, the third tree was startled when her beams were yanked from the forgotten woodpile. She flinched as she was carried through an angry jeering crowd. She shuddered when soldiers nailed a man’s hands to her.

She felt ugly and harsh and cruel.

But on Sunday morning, when the sun rose and the earth tremble with joy beneath her, the third tree knew that God’s love had changed everything.

It had made the third tree strong.

And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God.greentreescape

That was better than being the tallest tree in the world.

The next time you feel down because you didn’t get what you want, sit tight and be happy because God is thinking of something better to give you.

Author unknown

In the footsteps of Abraham II

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When we hear the word anti-Semitism it often invokes memories of the dark days of the Holocaust and World War II. Though some people have forgotten that horrendous time in history, many Jews cannot because there are too many reminders all around them(ie. news stories in paragraph above)-plus the plethora of terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah that they must constantly counteract. Besides these fierce haters, Israel -the homeland of the Jews-also has several nations whose leaders openly scorn them and some, such as Iran, threaten their annihilation. For some background information on “Who is a Jew?” go here.

Recent incidents have stirred Prime Minister Netanyahu to call the Jews (especially in Europe)to make aliyah to Israel. Anti-Semitism is growing rampant in France and other parts of the world. Earlier this year 4 Jewish young men where taken hostage and murdered at a kosher grocery store in Paris.  In Denmark terrorists attacked people at a “free speech” meeting in an internet café. Later that day they shot a Jewish guard outside of a synagogue during a bar mitzvah celebration. You can read more here.

Why are the Jews and Israel hated so much? One reason is because many of them seek to live by the Book-at least the first part of the Book -which is called the Tanakh by Judaism. Within the Holy Bible God tells us a lot about the purpose of Israel and the Jewish people. The following verses in Genesis 12 begins the story:

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great ; and thou shalt be a blessing:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

God chose Abraham who came from a land of idolaters (they served many gods)to be the father of Israel. It would become a nation that had a covenant with the One true God and therefore be an example to other ungodly nations. Through Israel the Messiah was born and the Gospel of Jesus Christ was spread across the world to Jews and Gentiles alike.

 And when he was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. 3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. 6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. 7And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 8And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. Genesis 17

A great point of contention among Arab people-nations is that Jews declare that the land of Canaan(where Israel is today) was given to them through the promise God made to Abraham. Jews consider him as both their ancestor and as the patriarch of Judaism.  But Arab  Muslims claim that  Abraham is their patriarch and prophet and that they rightfully inherited the land through his first son Ishmael. But the promise of the land of Israel came through the lineage of Isaac and Jacob-not Ishmael.

And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.Genesis 17:9

 But God did not forget Ishmael because he was Abraham’s son also. 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee : Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful , and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget , and I will make him a great nation. Genesis 17:20

Many people believe Ishmael’s descendents are now the Arabic desert nations of the Middle East. These nations include: Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Syria. The majority of them were founded in the exact same century as Israel was reborn. So you can surmise from the fulfillment of these prophecies that God did keep his promises concerning both Isaac and Ishmael. (Yet there are future fulfillments to come)

Muslims believe the Koran(Quran) was given to their great prophet Mohammad by the angel Gabriel. The Bible opposes such a possibility..Galatians 1:8, 9  Moreover, their “sacred” book is full of contradiction and error. And there is evidence that Islamic religion and traditions originated with the worship of the moon god of ancient times. To truth seekers it is obvious that Islam is a false belief system built on deceptive lies. 

According to the Koran they honor the “People of the Book” which means Jews and Christians.  Basically they claim to believe in the Torah and the 4 Gospels but they say that the Koran is the last and highest revelation of Allah’s truth. Still yet they assume that Jewish and Christian scriptures have been corrupted on purpose to discredit the Koran. Surely if they searched out the roots of their own religion then they would realize that Islam has no foundation in truth or peace.  Radical Islam teaches submission to Allah by force. Almost on a daily basis these terrorists target Jews and Christians in particular, raising the likelihood that it is the one world end -time religion that will be ruled by the Anti-christ. Read more here. True religion is only by choice and real salvation is only in the name of Jesus Christ. (Acts 4:12)

THE GOD OF THE BIBLE IS A GOD OF LOVE WHO CAME TO THE EARTH IN A HUMAN BODY AND DECLARED HIS LOVE TO US BY SACRIFICING HIMSELF ON THE CROSS FOR OUR REDEMPTION.  HIS NAME IS JESUS CHRIST AND HE SAID “I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU THAT WHERE I AM YOU MAY BE ALSO.”

 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go outinto a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed ; and he went out , not knowing whither he went . 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 11 Through faith also Sara herself receivedstrength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised . 12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead , so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. 13These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. Hebrews 11

Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed . 9 So then they which be of faith are blessedwith faithful Abraham Galatians 3

 Muslims and Jews alike must believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ if they desire to enter the Kingdom of God. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish , but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved . 18 He that believeth on him isnot condemned : but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved . 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest , that they are wrought in God.  St. John 3beautiful_natural_scenic_03_hd_picture_166230[1]

In the footsteps of Abraham-Part 1

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WRITING PROMPT-THIS ONE IS GOING TO BE A LITTLE UNUSUAL…WRITE A LETTER TO AN OLD FRIEND AND SAY WHAT YOU’VE NEVER SAID TO THEM BEFORE. THEN DECIDE IF YOU SHOULD MAIL IT OR NOT.

 

EACH ONE OF THE 3 MAJOR RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD HAVE A CONNECTION TO ONE PERSON. THAT MAN IS ABRAHAM -WHOSE LIFE STORY IS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS. IF YOU ‘VE NEVER HEARD OF HIM OR YOU NEED A REFRESHER COURSE READ GENESIS 12:1-9.

ONE THING JEWS, CHRISTIANS, AND MUSLIMS BELIEVE ALIKE IS THAT ABRAHAM IS THE PATRIARCH OF THEIR OWN  SPECIFIC “FAITH” AND THEIR  ANCIENT ANCESTOR ALSO.

JEWS CONSIDER ABRAHAM, AND SARAH HIS WIFE, TO BE THE FIRST HEBREWS OR JEWS.  AND ACCORDING TO THE VERSES BELOW GOD MADE A COVENANT WITH HIM AND PROMISED THE LAND OF CANAAN TO HIM AND HIS DESCENDANTS, MAKING THEM A GREAT NATION.  IN ADDITION GOD TOLD HIM THAT HE WOULD BLESS THOSE THAT BLESS HIM, AND CURSE THOSE THAT CURSE HIM AND THROUGH HIM ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH WOULD BE BLESSED. FUTHERMORE HE DECLARED ABRAHAM WOULD BECOME A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS.

(GENESIS 12 AND 17)

If you want to learn more about the 7 covenants of the Bible go here.

THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD AND BECAUSE OF THIS HE WAS CALLED RIGHTEOUS AND THE FRIEND OF GOD. (JAMES 2:23) YET TODAY MANY JEWS REJECT THE SPIRITUAL ESSENCE OF THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT.

1.THEY BELIEVE THE LAND OF ISRAEL IS PROMISED TO THEM

2. THEY BELIEVE THE GOD THEY SERVE IS THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD.

3. THEY BELIEVE THEIR MESSIAH WILL COME THROUGH LINEAGE OF ABRAHAM,ISAAC, JACOB, AND DAVID.

AND YET THEY CHOOSE TO DENY THAT THE SEED IN THE COVENANT PROMISE WAS FULFILLED IN JESUS CHRIST

16Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made . He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.17 And this I say , that the covenant, that was confirmed beforeof God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul , that it should make the promise of none effect . 18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. Galatians 3:16-18

For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel 7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called . 8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.Romans 9:7,8

And it shall come to pass , that in the place whereit was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. 27Esaias (Isaiah) also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved 28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a shortwork will the Lord makeupon the earth. 29 And as Esaias said before , Except the Lord of Sabaoth had leftus a seed, we had beenas Sodoma, and been made likeunto Gomorrha. 30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. 31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone; 33As it is written , Behold , I lay in Sion a stumbling stone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Romans 9

 

Jesus tells the unbelieving Jews in John 5:

39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye haveeternal life: and they are they which testifyof me.40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might havelife. 41 I receive not honour from men. 42 But I knowyou, that ye have not the love of God in you. 43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive . 44 How can ye believe , which receive honour one of another, and seeknot the honour that cometh from God only?45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust . 46 For had ye believedMoses, ye would have believedme: for he wrote of me.47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believemy words?(Deuteronomy 18:18, 19)

The followers of Judaism have rejected their own scriptures and their own prophet and the true Messiah. To read what the Old Testament foretold about Jesus go to Messianic Prophecies.

DESPITE ALL OF THE HISTORY OF THE REBELLION OF THESE UNBELIEVERS THERE IS STILL HOPE. (See Romans 11 and Jeremiah 31:31-37) JUST AS THERE IS HOPE FOR ALL BACKSLIDDEN CHRISTIANS…

(Isaiah 57:17-19 NKJV) For the iniquity of his covetousness I was angry and struck him; I hid and was angry, And he went on backsliding in the way of his heart. {18} I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him, And restore comforts to him And to his mourners. {19} “I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,” Says the LORD, “And I will heal him.”

(Jeremiah 3:22 NKJV) “Return, you backsliding children, And I will heal your backslidings.” “Indeed we do come to You, For You are the LORD our God.

(Jeremiah 24:7 NKJV) ‘Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.

PART TWO OF MY POST WILL FOCUS ON MUSLIMS AND THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT. WHAT CLAIM DO THEY HAVE TO THE BLESSINGS?…