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April 15, 2014

The Palm Tree Revisited

CROSSVILLE — Palm Sunday is right around the corner. Since we don't have palm trees in our neck of the woods, there probably aren't many people who think about their unique characteristics. Several years ago I read a devotional by Dr. Cecil A. Fayard Jr., “The Palm Tree Revisited,” and want to share some highlights.

The palm tree has been called the representative tree of the Holy Land. At the triumphant entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem before His crucifixion, the people broke off palm branches, waved them, and placed them on the pathway. Psalm 92:12 says, “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree; he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.”

1. The palm tree breaks bands. As other trees grow they will grow around a band placed on them, the palm tree will break it off. Psalm 107:14, “He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands asunder.”

2. The palm tree will bend but not break. Palm trees are monocots, and have bundles of vascular strands carrying nutrients thorough the tree. It is like a thick steel cable woven from a lot of smaller wires. It will bend in a storm, but not break. 1 John 5:4, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”

3. The palm tree flourishes in the desert. The palm tree sends roots deep into the sand to find moisture below the surface. We need to exercise our “tap roots” and go deep into the word of God and into prayer to stand in the deserts of our every day lives.

4. A group of palm trees forms an oasis. One palm tree alone doesn't offer much shade, but a group gives a cooling effect to those who come under their protection. Hebrews 10:25, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together.” We need to support each other through our local churches, and form an oasis of comfort.

5. The palm tree can withstand abuse. Other trees are vulnerable on the outside while the palm tree takes strength from inside. Outward abuse does not kill the palm tree though it may have many scars. 2 Cor. 4:16, “Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”

6. Older palm trees give the best fruit. The scars of a long life produce the fruit of holiness, and conform us to the image of Christ.

7. The palm tree cannot be grafted. Grafting kills a palm tree, just as trying to graft our lives into the world will kill our witness.

8. The palm tree will not burn. The child of God will not burn either.

9. The palm tree is an evergreen. The evergreen is a symbol of immortality. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

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