Summary: Trees have been an important part in mans existence, and in this message we see how trees have been used in the lives of many of God’s people, as well as in the conversion of a lost man who wanted to see the Saviour.
A Sermon For You
A Ministry of Huckaby’s Evangelism
Trees Of The Bible
By- Evangelist Gary Huckaby D.D.
This sermon was the last message that my dad got to hear his son preach before taking off for heaven. It has been, and still is blessed of God in reaching many souls for our Lord Jesus. It is my prayer that you will be touched by God, to follow Him, or to come to Him for salvation.
Psalms 1: 3, says,"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."
I grew up in the country. We lived approximately three miles from the nearest town which is a small town to this day. The population is around 2.500 in this small town even today. Being that I grew up away from the city folks, I had a lot of time to explore and learn about the woods, or forest around our home. My grandfather owned a small farm of some 300 acres and forest and swamp were a part of his land. So I had the opportunity to get to know about trees. Later just as I had turned 20 years of age, I went to work with a state survey party which worked quite often in the forest, plotting right-a-way boundaries for road construction. I learned then a lot more about trees that I was associated with in this line of work. One year my brother and I made a living cutting and splitting hardwood to sell. This too taught me more about trees. In my children’s early school years, I helped them too learn about trees their leaves and their uses for mankind.
Trees are an important commodity for man. They are used in almost every home in some way. Many houses are built totally with wood. Desks, are built primarily of wood in some form, paper that we use in our daily tasks are a product that is made from wood. Furniture uses wood in their constructions. Wood comes from trees, and man has been blessed to know how to use it for his benefit. Joseph, Jesus earthly step father was a Carpenter, and they are the profession that knows and uses wood in their profession. So trees play an important part in the life of mankind in general.
Today I want to take a look at some of the trees in the Bible. Some I can put a name to, others are left to speculation, nevertheless the Bible speaks of trees and their uses in many ways. So get your bible open and read along with me at some of the Bible instances in which trees are found.
Our first look at a tree and man is:
Man Behind A Tree
In Genesis 3:8, And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden, in the cool of the day; and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden."
For our first Bible picture of man and trees, we see Adam and his wife, Eve, hiding among the trees of the garden of Eden. They were hiding for a reason, they were not just playing hide and seek, they were hiding from God. They had disobeyed God’s command and now they were running from Him. So the first picture of a man and the trees, is a man hiding behind a tree, in Adam. Today many hide behind a tree; sin always forces us to run, but to escape the penalty for sin, no man can. Sins wages will always collect it’s reward. Death! Mankind today is hiding from God behind the tree of sin.
Secondly we see the use of some trees and a man with;
Man In A Tree
Genesis 6:14, " Make thee an ark of Gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch."
The second Tree or Trees I would like for you to see is the trees which made an ark to save mankind from a flood of judgment. God said that mans wickedness at this time in his history, was so evil; that the LORD purposed to destroy all of mankind, except there was one man; a man who walked with God, his name was Noah. God put this man and his sons, his wife, and their wives along with two of each animal, seven of the clean animals, and two of the unclean into an are that was made from trees. Gopher wood trees. So the second time we notice the trees in the Bible is when man was saved floating in a tree. Jesus is our ark of salvation, we are free from sin, because of His sacrifice for us on the cross. In Christ we are in the ark of safety, forever!