Ever give the oak much thought?
Usually when one considers,
He will think of strength more
oft than not. Regarding the oak
From a Biblical standpoint Isaiah
Six will definitely fit into this
The chapter itself is not a
Long one but depth is the key!
There’s lot to cover before we
Get to that oak tree, you’ll see.
We know the bible states that
No one has ever seen God but
Isaiah saw the glory as did
In the presence of a Living God
He says, “Woe is me for I am
Undone! Because I am a man of
Unclean lips, I dwell in the midst
O f a people of unclean lips!
Didn’t take Isaiah long as they
Say, ‘to come to grips’
Remember the line; “Here am I!
Send me.” Well, Isaiah received
His mission, hearing five woes
He simply could not oppose;
Here’s the reminder…
Woe to those wise in their own
Eyes, and prudent in their own
Sight. Woe to men mighty in
Drinking wine, Woe to men
Strong for mixing intoxicating
Drink who justify the wicked for
A bribe, and take away justice
From the righteous man!
Isaiah adds woe upon himself as a
Representative of the wayward
Nation; as he bows to ‘Elohim, ‘
Who designed all of creation!
Here’s the jest…a sinful man in
The presence of the Holy One is
But God took initiative to provide
Atonement and cleansing because
Isaiah was contrite, we all know
That’s right! The same message
That softens a receptive heart also
Hardens an unreceptive heart;
Isaiah was directed to preach
Repentance to this nation; Next
He asked, “How long Lord?” He
Wants to know how long this
Service of hardening and the state
Of hardness would continue. He
Got his answer which was nothing
Less than that of disaster; The
Hardening judgment would
Only come to an end when the
Condition had been fulfilled.
Meaning that the towns, houses,
The soil of the land of Israel and
Its skirts had been made desolate;
Without inhabitant, without man,
Simply wilderness! There would
Be a second judgment to expose
The remaining tenth of the
Nation to yet, a ‘sifting’
Twas a gloomy prophecy for
Times were steeped in hypocrisy;
So it goes…However, we must
Remember the Oak tree was a
Most fitting symbol of Israel, as
It is today on account of its
Peculiar ease from springing
Up again from the root!
Amazingly, this tree, deprived of
Its trunk and crown; there’s still
A kindred form, a root-stump in
The ground; not entirely destroyed!
This stump could shoot out and put
Forth branches again…and it would
The root-stump of the ‘oak,”…
“A holy seed.” Being that which
Had survived judgment would
Become a seed out of which a New
Israel would spring up. With God
All things are possible.
This is Lucey signing off believing we can
Touch each other’s heart by sharing His love
Have a beautiful day.