The Parable of the Trees

This parable told in the book of Judges 9:7-16 is a personal favorite, and one I had to share in observation of current events and the demonstrated attitudes of some Christians.

Once the trees went forth to anoint a king over them, and they said to the olive tree, ‘Reign over us!’ But the olive tree said to them, ‘Should I give up my fatness by which God and men are honored, and go to wave over the trees?’ Then the trees said to the fig tree, ‘You come and reign over us!’ But the fig tree said to them, ‘Should I give up my sweetness and my good fruit, and go to wave over the trees?’ Then the trees said to the vine, ‘You come and reign over us.’ And the vine replied, ‘Should I give up my new wine, which makes God and men happy, and go to wave over the trees?’

Then all the trees said to the bramble, ‘You come and reign over us.’  So the bramble said to the trees, ‘If in truth you are anointing me king over you, then come and take refuge in my shade; but if not, let fire come out of the bramble and devour the cedars of Lebanon.’

How interesting! All the qualified/worthy trees declined the offer to rule, citing their duty to God and man! but the unworthy bramble agreed to reign as king over the trees.

Not only does it agree to reign, it states it’s caveat for reigning.

First, it promises what it cannot possibly deliver: “refuge in it’s shade”. For those who do not know: a bramble is a rough (usually wild) thorny shrub, that grows low and is incapable of offering shade to anyone.

The worst revelation came next. The bramble warns against dissent. It promises to be a ruthless, authoritative and oppressive ruler who will destroy those who disagree with it.

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

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4 thoughts on “The Parable of the Trees”

    1. As I like to say: “there’s a Script-ure for that.”
      I truly believe there is a scripture for all that ails mankind.
      A great week to you!

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