Many times in scripture man is likened to trees. Christians too are depicted with tree-like features. “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly… But his delight is in the law of the Lord… And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 1:1-3. Believers will thrive and yield fruit as a choice tree planted in the rich soil by a source of pure water.
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was pictured as a great imposing tree in a dream. (Daniel chap 4) He called for Daniel to interpret the dream. To the king’s surprise Daniel told him that the tree in his dream represented himself. As the tree was to be cut down and lose its beauty King Nebuchadnezzar would lose his kingship.
The Lord God saw Israel as a green olive tree. Jeremiah 11:16. Israel’s King David also compared himself to a green olive tree. Psalm 52:8. The green tree symbolizes the fruitful people of God. What about the unfruitful trees – the unbelievers? John the Baptist said of them: “…therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” Matthew 3:10
We should now meet the most beautiful green tree. “For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?” Luke 23:31. Jesus said this of Himself. He was the green tree that the people wanted to crucify. If they crucified Jesus, the green tree having eternal life, what could the dry trees, Jesus’ enemies, expect to receive? Everyone is either a green tree in Christ or a dry tree without Christ.
A green tree is a well-nourished tree – a healthy tree – which produces good fruit. That describes the tree of life in the Garden of Eden which yielded fruit that would have given eternal life to man’s body. Because of sin, Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden and man has since lived in fallen and dying bodies. That is why Christians must receive new bodies before entering heaven. I Corinthians 15:50-54
Sin brought death not just to the body but to man’s spirit. Thanks be to God for His Green Tree, Jesus Christ, who can give us a new spirit – a new life. In Christ we are changed from a dry tree, a dead tree, into a beautiful green tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
May we Christians show our gratefulness by being faithful to God and His Green Tree, Christ Jesus, into which we are grafted by faith. If we are green trees then perhaps we can view the church as God’s forest packed with BEAUTIFUL GREEN TREES. Praise God for His husbandry!