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Symbolic Wood

The Tree of Knowledge, The Crucifixion of Jesus

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There are numerous mentions of 'wood' in the Holy Scriptures which hold symbolic meanings.

'The Tree of Knowledge' marked the Fall of Man. Our Savior was martyred on a tree.

Two trees. A beginning and an end. One might think that 'full circle' had been achieved at this point, but not quite.

Revelations 3: 20

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."

In ancient times, doors were crafted of wood - so we can easily see the symbolic connection.  And there He stands and knocks. We only need to accept Him - to allow Him into our hearts. God accepts all who believe - all who follow Him in earnest.

In the beginning stage of Man's Great Fall,  God's beautiful garden held all sorts of good things for Adam and Eve, except this one tree. God warned them not to eat the fruit of this tree. If they should eat of the Forbidden Fruit, they would surely die. We know the rest of the story; they were tempted by Sin, they surrendered. And they did surely die.

In due time, Jesus Christ our Savior would also die - hung on a tree, martyred for our Sins.  The type of wood used did not matter; it was the willing sacrifice.

There our Savior hung, his dear mother Mary looking helplessly on - knowing that Jesus had chosen to be the ultimate sacrifice for our Sins.  Many of the heretics in the crowd had assumed that they had chosen Him to die - but it was not so.

We must be mindful that all living things on earth will pass away. Every living thing will die. The life we live on earth is very temporary. The life hereafter is eternal. Most of us are so busy planning our lives on earth that we give little thought to death, to the after-life. It really requires so little! Simply to believe, to serve with reverence - to follow God by believing that He is the One True God, that Jesus is the One True Savior - that the Holy Spirit guides us and lets us know that we are His - forever and ever.

There are also many other instances in the Bible which reference wood - that pertain to God in one way or another.

When Jesus was born, He was placed in a manger crafted of wood.

Noah's Ark was built from cypress wood.

Sacrifices to God were offered on an altar piled with wood.

Many musical instruments as well as tools, particularly in Biblical days were fashioned of wood.

Many of the Apostles were found fishing in wooden boats when Jesus called them into His ministry.

In historical days, wood in the area of the Holy Land was quite precious. Often it was secured from other areas and had to be hauled. Wood was a very precious commodity but not anywhere close to the precious gift of God's Salvation through our Savior Jesus Christ.

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