In the bible we found so many parables especially that used by Jesus Christ to deliver His teaching. Also before Jesus came down to the world, God has been using many parables that given through His prophets. If we look carefully God uses many elements of nature as a parable. This time I am interested to talk about a parable in the book of Psalm namely the parable of a palm tree and cedar of Lebanon
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; (Psalm 92:12 NIV)
The interesting thing from this parable is The Psalmist compares the righteous with the shoots that appear in the palm trees, and lush like a cedar in Lebanon. To capture the meaning and essence of this parable, let us first look at the character of both of these trees. First, let’s have a look on the palm tree. For the wanderers who walk in the dry and barren desert, it is uplifting thing if they see a palm tree. Why? Because if they meet the palm tree, so it means soon they will meet an oasis or water spring. There will be no a palm tree if there is no water spring around the tree.
How does the palm tree can grow in the barren and dry desert? When the seeds of palm are planted, the fibrous roots will penetrate the ground to find and absorb the water. Even though the roots of palm tree do not penetrate too deep to the ground but each fiber of the roots will spread and gripping the ground so strong. That is why the palm tree could become a strong tree. The palm tree will be deeply rooted although not too deep.
This is the meaning and essence that The Psalmist wants to convey. Deeply rooted! The righteous shall have strong roots. The righteous will be able to stand strong in the midst various obstacles, remain strong even though hit by powerful desert storm, and be able to continue to grow and produce fruit. I likened the problems and obstacles such as the dry, barren and scorching desert but the palm tree remain able to grow through deeply roots and know where put their hope. And the God’s word clearly says:
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV)
Palm trees are able to grow in the middle of a barren desert because they know where to find water. So it is with us, we will be able to live even though in the middle of struggles and hard life if we know where to obtain the “Living water” furthermore, when Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well:
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water… Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:10, 13-14 NIV)
Besides having a deeply rooted character, Like a palm tree which is full of nutrients and invigorating, the righteous supposed to be a refresher for the “barren and dry “environment , become an oasis in the desert, and be blessing that bring joy to others. In the other word, be the light and salt as the message of Jesus himself. (Matthew 5:13-16 NIV)
Now let’s take a look to the second tree, Cedars of Lebanon. Cedars are known to be very strong and not easily weathered. Getting older instead of being fragile, even the wood is getting stronger. The tree is also known to have a strong resistance to weather changes. No wonder at the time, cedars is often used for palace’s pillars and even the temple courts. In the book of Kings we can get a picture of this cedar tree. When Solomon built his palace, he mostly uses this cedar trees from Lebanon.
He built the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon a hundred cubits long, fifty wide and thirty high, with four rows of cedar columns supporting trimmed cedar beams. It was roofed with cedar above the beams that rested on the columns—forty-five beams, fifteen to a row. (1 Kings 7:2-3 NIV)
So, the meaning of cedars parables are, we are as the righteous is expected to be strong person who can act as a pillar for the life of our fellow, and for the God’s glory. We have to become a strong person who not easily wavers in facing the severity of the life’s problems, not easily fragile facing the heavy storm of life. We have to still standing strong despite many world temptations trying to strike us.
Based on the character of both of these trees we can see clearly that the Psalmist does not arbitrarily take a parable. There is a strong intent behind this parable. Palm trees and cedar symbolizes us as the righteous that live in Christ. We expected to have characters like both of those trees. Deeply rooted, able to overcome obstacles, continue growing, able to live in the midst of difficulties, able to bear fruit and become fresheners that bring joy to the people around us, then also be able to become a strong pole in life.
When I read and ponder this parable, there are questions crossed in my mind. What about us now? As Christ followers, have we deeply rooted like palm tree and know where we have to get living spring water? Have we thrive and bear much fruit that gives joy and blessing to many people around us? Or whether in fact our life become like a dry and barren desert? Have we become a strong poles like cedars wood, growing with incredible strength? Or otherwise we are still easily wavering buffeted by wind, always unsteady and even someone else sustain us?
I strongly believe that we all have deep longing to always growing strong, bear much fruit, and can be a blessing to others. We also long to be a strong pillar who could sustain someone other. How we can grow, and bear fruit? Very clear God’s word says:
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. (John 15:4 NIV)
Then Jesus continued:
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5 NIV)
Let’s pay attention to the verses above. Until three times Jesus the Lord mentions “remain in me” This means it is very clear to us that always remain in Him is the most important thing we have to do. To be fruitful and be a blessing to others, we have to live and deeply rooted in Christ.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.(Colossians 2:6-7 NIV)
Without it, all just be in vain. That is what will bring us to the living water, water that will be given by Jesus which will not be able to make us thirst forever, become the water spring in Him who constantly welling up to eternal life.
But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”(John 4:14 NIV)
And when we bear much fruits we will glorify God.
This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 15:8 NIV)
For how long we can bear fruits? If we refer to the nature laws, our capabilities will have decrease such as our eyesight, hearing, brain and mind, and so on. Our physical condition cannot resist the natural law in line with our ages. But it does not mean we have stop to bear fruits. How come? God has declared this long, long time ago:
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. (Isaiah 46:4 NIV)
Our strength is limited and will decline, but we must remember that the power of God will never decrease. And God says ready to carry, bear and saved us up even though our hair graying. This is God’s promise. That is clear, God still has a plan even when we are old and weak, and God still wants to use us regardless of age and ability.
My dear friends, let’s us encourage and pray one and another to always make effort and learning to have characters like palm and cedar tree by always live in God and the Holy Spirit. Always walks in the truth of God’s word and His will. Always maintain intimacy of our relationship with God. If our spiritual life begins dry and barren, immediately splash our spirituality with the living God’s word so we will continue to thrive and bear much fruit.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season,
whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. (Psalm 1:1-3 NIV)
Let God guiding and strengthen us in the forming process to be a person who have characters like palm and cedar tree. Do not rely on our own ability to become strong pole but be strong in God and in His grace. Amen.
… Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. (Ephesians 6:10 NIV)
You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 2:1 NIV)
Karina – Living by faith
Thank you to brother in Christ Daniel Lyons for the great thought and further information about the palm tree
As always, your reflections profit me considerably! Grace and peace to you, dear friend in Christ.
Thank you very much for the such uplifting comment 🙂 many blessings to you and have a wonderful weekend.
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We are learning daily. For sure, I never knew how to get back to you right from my blog until a minute ago! You are welcome. I’m not sure if Ginger can work on a Mac…. 🙂
That was very nice. I really like it when a blog post gives me so much to go back and study. Thank you for this.
Dear brother in Christ Wally
You are much welcome. I am glad and so blessed if my post could give something valuable for the readers. Blessings to you 🙂
Excellent post! I learned some new things about those trees. It also gave me a lot to think about in my own life. Thanks for sharing.
Dear brother in Christ, Tom.
You are welcome 🙂 same with you, I learned so much from those tree. Thank you for reading and commenting my post. Have a blessed Sunday.
Such an encouraging and challenging post! Sometimes it’s hard to look around at the world and see hope, but our hope is not in what is seen, but rather unseen. May we rise up to be the disciples Christ desires for us to be! 🙂 May we stand as strong pillars who cannot be shaken because the Lord will help us stand!
Amen! Let’s pray that we will remain stand as strong pillars and remain fruitful 🙂 Thank you for your lovely comment, my dear friend. Have wonderful and blessed weekend to you.
AMEN. Thank you.
Sometimes it is easy to overlook what a verse is saying when we don’t read it ‘in depth’. Thanks for writing about the palm trees and cedars, and digging deeper into the meaning of the passage in Psalm 92:12. Your post made it clear how meaningful it is to flourish like a palm tree, and to grow like a cedar of Lebanon. Thanks Karina!
Dear sister Dawn,
You are much welcome. I also learned many things from this parable and become my reminder to always deeply rooted, being fruitful and remain stand strong in life. Thank you so much for the lovely comment. Have blessed weekend to you 🙂
Thank you for your thought-provoking, beautifully written post. I’ve never thought about the characteristics of palms and cedars. From now on I will look for that when I’m reading the Bible.
Dear sister in Christ, Sheryl
You are much welcome 🙂 I have never thought about these trees too, after I read and ponder deeply the meaning of this parable. Thank you for such a great comment. Many blessings to you.
So inspirational, please continue to engage us with this live changing truths. God bless.
Thank you very much for your encouraging comment. God bless you too 🙂
You are most welcome.
Dear Karina. How are you? I have a comment. As an indie author for the last 3 years, I have learned to see spelling errors very quickly than before. Would you allow me to edit your post (s) so that you can post it (them) back again?
I’m grateful to be your reader! I began reading your posts few days ago and they are great to be honest. You only have some grammar and spelling issues that I can fix for you if you allow me to do so.
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Thank you for allowing the spirit of the Lord to work through you to share a buffet of word to help fill our hungry souls ;=). These are some of my favorite scriptures that I stand on and confess with boldness. Thanks for sharing Karina!
Be A Blessing!
Dear sister LaTrice,
You are much welcome 🙂 Thank you very much for the such lovely comment on my post. Many love and blessings to you.
Thank you Sis. Karina, I appreciate it!
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I hardly reblog, but this is so profound. I want it on my wall as a continual reminder for me and nourishment for others! Well done, Karina. Much love in Christ!
Thank you for reblog my post. I really appreciate it. Blessings to you.
Great movie, enjoy, God Bless!
Thank you for the link. I will go there soon 🙂 Blessings.
Karina this was a great post for study and actually taught me things I didn’t know about the cedars and King Solomon’s us of them. You also made me look at the palm in an entirely different light. I always thought of them being pliable so they don’t easily break but you made me think about where they are planted and how they allude to an oasis in the desert. I really enjoyed this one. It gave me much to think about. 🙂
Dear sister Lilka,
Thank you very much for your uplifting comment. I grateful my simple post could be study for you and also to those who read it 🙂 for the next time, if you have another thought or suggestions on my posts please feel free. For until now I still learning to dig more about God’s word. I do believe you have more knowledge about the trust of God’s word 🙂 Thank you and have a blessed day.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog and reading “Now We’ll NeverKnow” Blessings, Debbie. i thoroughly enjoyed this blog and will return soon to read some more!
Dear sister in Christ, Debbie.
You are much welcome 🙂 I really love your posts and I promise will continually read your awesome posts. Thank you for your kindness to following my blog. Greatly appreciated. Much love and blessings to you.
I am so thankful you came to my blog…I’m looking forward to getting to know you better!! In Christ,Debbie
Awesome post, as always, Karina. 🙂 Enjoy the weekend. 🙂
Thank you so much 🙂 have a blessed weekend to you.
Thank you for all that you write. You are an inspiration to me. Your love of God is evident in everything you write. I would like to encourage you to keep writing.
Hello dear, Thank you very much for your uplifting comment also thank you for your encouraging. It mean so much to me. Many blessings to you and have a great day.
I like your post but I have been years in studying another attribute of the Bible that I hope will help shed some light on the stories to bring a new sense of clarity. You see the stories in the Bible are God’s way of teaching us foundational truths through the lives of His “chosen people”. These are not fables with a moral ending but rather living allegories of truth. These are real people and places that create a language that consists of symbols and duality of perspective and speech.
Consider the story of Sarah and Hagar. Never once while reading did you ever gather that their lives were really an allegory for two covenants of truth yet Galatians clearly tells you that they are.
Galatians 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
The whole Bible is really two books in one. It’s a book of real stories of people and places but it’s also God’s way of teaching future generations how to embody truth within their lives and thus freeing them from the bondage of faulty ideals that hinder and stop progression and change.
For instance consider the trees you have chosen; the palm and the cedars of Lebanon.
Each name is paramount and key to unlocking that inner-truth of the Bible’s hidden “Book of Secrets”. For instance the word palm comes from the definition to be “Upright” and Cedar comes from the definition to be “firm” or “Strong”. We use these same attributed definitions when we refer to someone’s character. Be upright in all you do and be firmly rooted in your convictions and be strong in your resolve.
Also consider the name of the area of Lebanon which means to be “white”. Cedars are used in purification and Lebanon is symbolic for purity thus the color white. So when the Bible is talking about cedars of Lebanon it is in fact referring to you being firmly rooted or strongly established in a state of righteousness. And when it speaks of palm trees it is also telling you to be upright but also the palm is named after an upright hand thus we get the calling of Hosanna as people laid palm fronds at the Christ’s arrival, as a praise and an outstretched hand, thus uplifting truth.
The tree itself represents a quality of character growth that is likened unto the growth of a man seeking enlightenment and truth. We are like seeds filled with potential planted into the corruption of the flawed understanding we live in each day. Life teaches us painful lessons and we wallow in self-pity and misery if we do not grow through our trials and tribulations. But in the light of truth we grow and blossom and thus the corruptible becomes the incorruptible. The filth is redirected into something that produces sweetness that is desired as fruit that is filled with more seed of potential growth.
There is much more but the idea is that we are all part of a greater truth not easily seen but always felt when we are calm and listen to that still small voice reflecting in the waters of living truth that wells up inside.
If you are ever interested I can show you a whole other book hidden in plain sight in the Bible that God wrote to teach you how to establish peace within. I also have a video series on explaining this hidden “Book of Secrets” at soulblindministry.com, which I thank you for visiting. 🙂
Sincerely Daniel Lyons
First of all, I wish to thank you for visiting and reading my post. It was such a great honor to me 🙂 through your biblical response I am more convinced that blogging could make me learn more about Christianity and its attributes. Your explanation become my personal study and reflection and I do believe it all will enrich my knowledge about the truth of God’s word. I am grateful and so blessed!
There is no reason I am not interested to learn more about God’s word. Yes, just give me the needed link access to learn more about you said or I will take special time to dig up more to your site 🙂 Thank you very much for your great response and thought on my post. God bless you abundantly.
Here is the link to the basics of what I teach. Mind you this is not typical Christianity. This is a side that most people do not realize even exists. This is God’s voice calling out through the lives of His chosen people. This is a manual on how to create clarity from self repression. It is salvation from faulty principals that we build our understanding upon. It is reason and not piety that creates the connection between creation and Creator. It is not more hallelujah moments but more understanding and truth and clear perceptions. If seeing the world through a cloud of confusing religious dogma is what you feel most comfortable in, perhaps my site is not for you. But if seeing the Bible as a manual of peace is something you care to know more about then I encourage you to please try and follow along with this video series. Sorry there is no production value. In fact in that first video I forgot to change cameras onto me while speaking. But at least Ulysses has a nice face and voice. 😊
I only have a few videos up for now but they will change your view on everything if you give them a chance.
FYI palm trees do not have deep roots. They have the most shallow roots of all the trees. They are very close to the surface and spread out to quickly absorb moisture as rain falls. Just thought you might like to know. 😊
Thank you for your the link and further information about palm tree roots 🙂 I will study more about it and of course I will visit your website Immediately. Blessings to you too.
Hi, Karina. Your comments about palm trees made me think about Psalm 1. Even though palm trees can flourish in the desert, they’re still trees “planted by rivers of living water….” I’ve always pictured the Psalm 1 tree beside a river–such as the Nile. But you’ve given me a new way of thinking about this. Deep roots. That’s what I want, too! Also, I didn’t know about cedar becoming stronger with age. I really like that fact and insight! Many thanks for this post, and for your many visits to my blog. I’m most grateful.
Hello dear Elouise,
Amen and Amen…! I want to have deep roots too and as strong as cedars 🙂 Dear sister Elouise, Thank you very much for your reading and commenting my post. What a great honor to me. Thank you and blessings to you. Have a great weekend.
You, too, Karina!
Really liked this, taught me a few things about deep rooted trees I was unaware of before, thank you
Dear sister in Christ, Michelle.
Your are much welcome 🙂 Thank you so much for taking time to read my blog post. Blessings.
Love the Psalm of reference. Thanks for such a beautiful post. vw
You are very welcome 🙂 Thank you for the lovely comment. Blessings.
Karina,this was so very well written. There were so many tidbits of wisdom to take away and apply to everyday life. Beautiful. Blessings
Dear sister Debbie,
Thank you very much for reading my post also thank you for the lovely comment 🙂 many love and blessings to you.
Thank you for your like of my post, “Where Ya’ Goin’? You are very kind.
Awesome message Karina, my spirit dance to the spiritual rhapsody found in your words. God bless you always!
Dear brother in Christ, Wendell.
Thank you very much for the lovely comment 🙂 God bless you too.
Thank you Karina, it was a very uplifting and reassuring message, being in my Senior years I feel blessed that I have not passed my used by date, as far as God is concerned. I created a Power point about our Senior years after receiving one that was in some ways a put down of us. I will leave the link for you it focuses on the Scripture you shared too.
When Jesus Christ is within us we walk victoriously but without Him we are lost.
2 Corinthians 13:4-6 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.(KJV)
Christian Love – Anne
Dear sister Anne,
You are much welcome 🙂 Thank you for your great comment, the Bible verses, and also the link of your PowerPoint. I really appreciate it and will have look soon. Have a blessed day to you, sis.
Sorry I forgot the link – https://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/moments-in-time/
Awesome word Sis!!!
Thanks so much for sharing.
Dear sis LaTrice,
You are much welcome. Thank you for the lovely comment 🙂 Blessings to you.
Very encouraging. Thank you so much for visiting and following my blog. God bless us.
Your are welcome 🙂 Thank you for reading my post. God bless us.
Always a pleasure to read your thoughts, Karina! Hope all is well with you and that new baby!
Hello brother in Christ, Steve.
Thank you very much for your nice comment. We are doing well here 🙂 seems been long time not see you on my readers. I hope and pray you are doing well. Blessings.
A valuable reminder that we are dependent on God for our nourishment. ❤
Thank you very much, sister. Have a wonderful Sunday. God Bless