When you see the trees for the first time it can burn a place in your memory. All those trees to pick from! How can you narrow it down? In the tenth chapter of Isaiah’s prophecy we spend a little time working through images of Jesus. There were three trees that Isaiah mentions. None of them are particularity great: a stump, a branch and a root.
A stump is a great place to start. Let’s walk through the reasoning behind a stump. For starters, normally it’s dead. Oh sure – you can get a runner or a shoot that will grow off of a stump, but normally when you cut down a tree to stump, it’s not coming back. In our Gospel lesson this morning John the Baptist gave out his warning to those who came to see him. “The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” Sound like an idle threat? See the trees!
Go back a couple verses into the previous chapter and you’ll hear something similar. “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.” Scroll down to the 14th picture and you’ll see what looks like tooth picks snapped off. This was a forest. The eruption of Mt. St. Helens leveled everything in its path. God did the same thing. Isaiah foretold the event recorded for us in 2 Kings 19 where God brought low the whole Assyrian army – the world power at that time in history.
Want to hear more – including what Jesus was never without when he left the house AND a picture of heaven? Watch this Sunday’s Message taken from Isaiah 11: See the Trees.
Speaker(s): Fred Guldberg