When allowed to speak, trees testify for the Creator-Redeemer in language stronger than words.
by Benjamin Franklin Allen
“Why, young man, I am an infidel! Away with your book of impossibilities! But wait—if you can explain the so-called ‘virgin birth’ of Christ, I’ll buy your book.”
The colporteur, engaged in selling books dealing with Scriptural truth, picked up an acorn and in response asked, “Which was first, the acorn or the oak?”
“Why the acorn, of course; the tree had to grow from the seed; no, the tree, because the acorn had to grow on the tree. Oh well, don’t you see I’m busy painting my garage?” And he quickly turned and began to ply his brush with hurried strokes.
“Now be reasonable, be logical. You challenged me. Which was first?” persisted the young colporteur.
“Well, the tree, then, just to start you off,” the infidel answered grudgingly as he turned around again. “Now what has the tree to do with the virgin birth?”
“Simply this: you admit that the first tree on the earth grew without natural seed. By the same reasoning you must admit that all the first plants and animals were of similar virgin birth. Genesis speaks of the birth of the first plants and animals on earth: ‘And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind…. And the earth brought forth.’ Now God’s words to the virgin Mary were not very different.”
Puzzled into silence by this truth, the infidel failed to think of that favorite sophistry—the self-development of nature. Instead, he listened while his paintbrush dripped on his shoes; and the colporteur went on describing the book, and sold him a copy.
Thus the live oak, when allowed to speak, spoke for the Creator-Redeemer in language stronger than words. But trees testify of more than Creation and the virgin birth.
As the Days of a Tree
The tree under which Abraham entertained the three angels, and the trees in the garden where Jesus poured out His heart, are said to be still living. Several trees in the Garden of Gethsemane can be traced back to the seventh century by the Turkish Tree Tax Records. Josephus, the Jewish historian who saw the destruction of Jerusalem in ad 70, says the Romans cut down the trees around Jerusalem. Even this wouldn’t have killed the olive trees in Gethsemane, for they always sprout up again.
The rings of one of the oldest sequoia trees ever cut numbered 3,136 years. The “Grizzly Giant” tree, “General Sherman”, and the “General Grant” are all said to be over 3,500 years old. John Muir, a pioneer among the sequoias, cut one in Converse Basin that was 4,000 years old. Others appear even older. Dragon trees in the Canary Isles and the African baobab are more than 5,000 years old, and are still alive and growing, though there is no exact knowledge of their age.
Trees are said to possess continuous life, and will live indefinitely if environment permits. Incredibly, no trees are found dead except those killed by some clear external causes. Another evidence is that they never stop growing while alive.
Yet, in all living things, even to the microbes that live only a few moments, continuous eternal life exists through reproduction. Concrete, living examples of life swarm the earth, to prove that this gift is well within the giving power of the One who says: “I am the resurrection, and the life.”
Speaking of the eternal days of the righteous, God through Isaiah promised: “They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of My people.” Isaiah 65:22.
Taken from Last Generation, Vol. 25 No. 6, “Windows”. Last Generation is a vibrant 32-page soul-winning magazine published six times a year. To subscribe, call (540) 672-1996, Ext. 283. https://lastgen.net/