You Shall Flourish Like The Palm Tree: Tree Series Part 3 of 7

Psalm 92:12-14
12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 Those who are planted in the house of the LORD Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,”

The Holy Spirit uses so many different things to teach us about Jesus, like the trees of Israel.
Unique Tree.
There are many different trees are mentioned throughout the Bible, each for different reasons.  It’s no wonder our Master Storyteller chose the Palm tree. It is one of the most unique and versatile of all.
The Holy Spirit has a specific purpose for everything He does. He has included this tree in the Bible to unveil more of Jesus’ glory and beauty.  The very fact that He took time to mention the palm tree means studying about them will uncover some amazing truths about Him as well as what He has bequeathed to us, the sheep of His pasture.  So let’s go study!
One Tree, Many Uses.
The waving of palm branches, for one thing, was an honor accorded to Kings and heroes.  But this particular tree has many other things to teach us.

It is certainly THE MOST VERSATILE of all Israel’s indigenous plants. Virtually every part of the tree is utilized to make functional items ranging from rope and baskets to beehives, fishing boats and traditional dwellings.
It’s fruit is sweet, tasty, and delicious all by itself.  Used in a variety of dishes, beverages, and vinegar, it is even made into date palm beer.  It is naturally loaded with vitamins and nutrients and a good source of quick energy.  The sap can be made into date palm wine.
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In some cultures, a thick syrup made from the ripe fruits is used as a coating for leather bags and pipes to prevent leaking.  Date seeds are soaked and ground up for animal feed. The oil of the seeds is suitable for use in soap and cosmetics.  Date palm leaves are used for Palm Sunday celebrations.

In North Africa, they are commonly used for making huts.  Mature leaves are also made into mats, screens, baskets, and fans.  Processed leaves can be used for insulating boards. Dried leaf petioles are a source of cellulose pulp, used for walking sticks, brooms, fishing floats and fuel.  Leaf sheaths are prized for their scent, and fiber from them is also used for rope, coarse cloth, and large hats.
The leaves are also used as “lulav.”  Lulav ([lu’lav]; Hebrew: לולב‎) is a closed frond of the date palm tree. It is one of the Four Species used during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
Forever Useful.
There are so very many more uses, but the point is, it is always useful, always fresh and always flourishing, even into old age.  Jesus says that the righteous, you and I, are like that!  We will be useful, fresh, flourishing and fruitful, even in old age!  You will also “flourish in the courts of our God.”
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Typologies.
Zechariah 9:9 “See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
As Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, the people sang part of Psalm 118:  “25 Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. 26 We bless you from the house of the Lord ….”
This donkey was a colt, which typifies humanity.  Jesus riding on that colt demonstrated that He had triumphed over the flesh.  As He entered the city, the people laid down palm branches in His path.  Back in those days, it was customary to cover in some way the path of someone thought worthy of the highest honor.  It was done most often to honor a conquering king.  
Jesus definitely qualifies!  He is the King of kings and Lord of lords!  He is the one Who conquered death for us.  HALLELUJAH!
Like the palm tree, Jesus, in paying for our salvation, literally allowed every bit of Himself to be used up.  He spared nothing.  In Psalm 22, He said, “I am poured out like water…”  What a description!  He became nothing so that we, through Him, could have everything; so that we could become what He is:  The righteousness of God in Christ.

A Blessing Everywhere You Go.

The court of the tabernacle is a depiction of what we do in the world where we work. Those that are planted like the palm tree “In the house,” in other words, the House Of God, He will cause to prosper and flourish in the workplace.  His favor will be all over them wherever they go. People will just want to be around them and may not even know why.  It is Jesus in you that is attracting them!! He makes us to be a blessing wherever we go!

It’s no secret that the devil doesn’t like this…..AT ALL!  He wants you and I to die young and go to heaven faster so that we can’t be of any more earthly good.  But it is God’s desire to satisfy us with LONG LIFE so we can be very fruitful, share the sweet wine of God’s love, the gift of His Son and make as many people as possible intoxicated with Jesus, drunk on the wine of the Spirit!

Oh yes, Church; He most definitely wants you and I to flourish like the palm tree!

Follow the link below to Part 4.  We’ll be discussing the mighty and beautiful cedar!:

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/as-excellent-as-the-cedars-tree-series-part-4/

 

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