TREES #10 - Roots
Last year in this series we focused on different types of trees, now we move onto different parts of trees like: roots, branches, trunk and leaves.
In today's continuation of the trees series, we will be focusing on Roots
This is Part#10 on "Roots".
The symbolism of tree roots (or any root of any plant) have many meanings. We will begin with growth & health. The Scripture below was originally used in my "FearNot Friday" series ( click HERE to view "No Fear When Heat Comes"), but it applies here also. Notice that when a tree is able to have a deep, strong root system (or foundation) - it remains green, healthy and strong all the time!!! Even bearing fruit during a drought. Likewise, when we have a strong foundation in God's Word and a deep relationship with Him, we remain steadfast even during the most difficult of times.
Plant roots can also symbolize endurance and discernment. In the Parable of the Sower (see picture below) we see how that when a plant does not have a secure, deep root system it will be blown or washed away. This is just like a new believer who is tricked by a false prophet or washed away by a mocking neighbor. When we have a deep foundation in God we will have discernment to see through fake doctrine and have the knowledge to stand up to persecution.
Thirdly, having a deep root system means having God's power and strength within us. In the Bible passage below, look at the end of the second line ("being rooted and grounded in love") - Jesus' love is powerful! When we are filled with the Holy Spirit we have the love of Christ that surpasses all understanding!
Finally, roots symbolize family & genealogy. Let's take a look at Jesus' family roots foretold in the Old Testament and then quoted in the New Testament (see picture below):
Remember that Jesse was David's father. We know that Jesus Christ was descendant from David, so the "Root of Jesse" or the "Root of David" are both referring to Jesus Christ the Messiah.
When we are deeply rooted in God we will grow healthy and strong with great discernment!
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