Saturday, March 9, 2013

Thornbush vs Cypress; Nettle vs Myrtle

Isaiah 55:13 contrasts the life of a man before and after seeking the Lord, forsaking his old ways and thoughts, and returning to the Lord. It uses the Thornbush as an example of what a man's life would be before, and a Cyprus for what a man's life would be after.

A quick look at these two plants can immediately give us an idea on why these two contrast.

Example of a Thornbush:

Example of a Cyprus:

The Thornbush is prickly and dissuades people from even approaching it. It is a low-growth type of plant. Compare these qualities with a Cypress which is they kind of tree we usually use during Christmas. It is easy to touch and draws people in. It can also grow very tall, and thus very prominent.

The images of a Nettle and a Myrtle plant will not immediately tell us how the two are different. But the Nettle probably refers to the stinging kind, which can cause allergic reactions when touched. The Myrtle on the other hand is considered as an aromatic plant; It has a soothing fragrance and is sometimes used in essential oils.

The Lord Jesus can do the same thing in our lives if we forsake our wicked ways and thoughts and return to Him. The Bible says that all men have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God. But its verses also urges us to seek the Lord while He may be found and He will have compassion and will abundantly pardon.

Have you committed your life to Jesus Christ? I urge you my friend to do so. Experience God's love and forgiveness. Receive Him into your heart and life as your personal Savior and Lord. Do it while there is still time, while you still have years ahead of you. For a life lived with the Lord will be more blessed than a life lived apart from Him. And a person who commits his life to the Lord awaits an eternal dwelling in Heaven, while those who refuse the Lord are doomed to eternal punishment. 

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