O Wicked Tree, Be Purged!

October 17, 2012

And the command went forth: “Cut it down!” (See Dan. 4:23 // Matt. 3:10 // John 15:2) Why? Because the tree is full of sour fruit; it is full of sin –arrogance, unbelief, rebellion. Its branches are housing nests of poisonous ants, its roots are a habitation for vipers, and the trunk itself is rotten to the core. (See Matt. 3:7 & 7:15-20)

Who warned such lofty trees to flee the coming wrath? (Isa. 2:12-18 // Dan. 4:19-22 // Matt. 3:7) But if they be warned, then let them take heed and be afraid! (Rom. 11:20) “For already the axe has been laid to the root of the trees, and every tree not bearing good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire.” (See Matt. 3:10)

“No, look at my beautiful foliage!” says the tree. “Look at my enormous fruit!” (See Matt. 7:22) But among the leaves are thorns and any who eat its fruit become sick. (See v. 15-20) Any who keep ingesting their produce will inherit the same fate as the tree. (v. 21-23 & 15:13,14) For, indeed, all who partake of the tree become as rotten as it (15:10-20 // 1 Cor. 15:33 // 1 Tim. 4:1,16) and will thus inherit God’s wrath along with them. (Eph. 5:6,7)

There’s a window of opportunity left, a season when grace is still extended, a chance left to repent of the thorn-bearing and still become a tree that produces fruit. (Luke 13:6-9) There may even be a time of mercy after being cut off –before being picked up and thrown to the fire. It’s a time of withering before the destruction (John 15:6), yet there might remain –still– a small opening of mercy available should there be even a fraction of repentance. For if someone is praying, interceding, petitioning, weeping, believing… the God of all grace, the God who desires to forgive (Jer. 31:20 & 36:3 // Ezek. 18:30-32 // 2 Peter 3:9), can do the impossible. There may yet be time. There may yet be a chance for miracles. There may yet be compassion available to be grafted in again. (Rom. 11:23)

Therefore, O tree, pluck out your worthless thistles and accursed thorns (Heb. 6:8), cut off your wicked branches (see Mark 9:43-46), pull out all your despicable roots. (See v. 47) For it is better for you to walk maimed in the Kingdom of God, then to be cast into Hell (same verse) where the fire –the fire which salts everyone there (v. 49)– is never quenched. (v. 48 // Matt. 3:12)

Truly, O tree, “renounce your sins by doing what is right.” (Dan. 4:27) Be washed of the rottenness within you (Ezek. 36:25-27 // John 3:5,6 // Titus 3:5 // Heb. 9:14 & 10:22 // 1 Peter 3:21) and “bring forth fruit that is consistent with repentance.” (Matt. 3:8)

with love,

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