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God's Choice Firs

by J. Kirkpatrick  

"Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house." Proverbs 27:27

In Series One, Build the House, we looked at the foundational pillars necessary to build God's Spiritual house. Before we ever begin to build a home it is very wise first to know how the foundational structure will be laid out. For this reason we first began our study with the Seven Pillars and their placement in our Spiritual house.

After our initial desire to build a home, we must sit down and count the cost, deciding what type of lumber, etc to use for the proper framing. What plantings need to be considered for the proper framing. What plantings need to be considered in sowing our fields? A wise builder will begin preparations in sowing our fields? A wise builder will begin preparations many years before his actual permanent house is eventually constructed. Much foresight and pre-planning is necessary, requiring considerations many years before the actual building begins. Wise choices in planting durable, sound, and upright trees need to be well thought out, prepared, and established before we begin construction of our Spiritual house. Then, and only then, can our permanent Spiritual house become a reality.

For our permanent house we must consider only seasoned trees, those that have stood the test of many storms and harsh winters. Over the years more land is purchased to provide field after field of choice trees. From this pre-planning and many years of wise cultivation to assure proper mature stands, we can then make choice selections of only the healthiest trees for our building purposes. The actual building of our Spiritual house can only begin after wise discernment has been made to choose only the select Trees of Righteousness from our fields.

Thus far in this series we have studied and discerned the difference between God's righteous plantings and those who seemingly look upright and pleasing to the eye, but are in actuality, not fit for use in our permanent house. We must discern between the prideful cedar and the true cedars of strength, [see Series Two, # 2]. We must also discern between the truly, righteous willow and its rebellious look-alike, [see Series Two, # 3]. We have learned to carefully watch out for the wayward cedar plantings of pride and the rebellious offshoots of the lowly willow.

We have also observed that judgment must begin at the house of God. Many prominent abominations have made their seat in God's house, and God's trees of righteousness have become paralyzed. We have learned how many stately trees of righteousness have become man's ornamentals to be displayed as spectacles.

But there is hope of a righteous planting! Consider the choice firs of Lebanon, II Kings 19:23. Should these choice first of Lebanon be cut in their prime? We must be careful in our clearing of the land that we do not also cut down God's "choice" trees or righteousness.

The "choice firs" of Lebanon possess many admirable qualities that make them very useful. All manner of musical instruments were made of the fir tree, II Samuel 6:5. Choice firs were used to cover the floor of Solomon's house, I Kings 6:15. The doors of Solomon's temple, consisting of folding doors made of two doors with two leaves each, were made of fir lumber, I kings 6:33-35. The fir was chosen because it was a soft wood that could be carved upon. Cherubims, palm trees, and open flowers were carved upon these doors of fir. Gold could easily be fitted upon the carved work. The temple was also ceiled with choice firs, II Chronicles 3:5. Choice first were also chosen as rafters to hold the cedar beams together in stability, Song of Solomon 1:17. First were chosen for construction of the ships of Tyrus, Ezekiel 27:5. Even in their growth, the firs were considered as havens for the stork, the godly, kind, and faithful ones, Psalm 104:16.

Should these choice firs be cut down? Be wise! It is very important that we do not cut down God's choice firs.

"Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." Isaiah 55:11-13

Should choice first that speak forth God's Word be cut down? Should the praising singers be stopped? Should their clapping be silenced forever? Will you allow the choice firs, the glory of Lebanon to be cut down, those who have been wisely chosen to beautify the place of God's sanctuary?

Be not as Sennacherib, the evil feller of God's choice firs:

"By thy servants has thou reproached the Lord, and hast said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the height of his border, and the forest of his Carmel," Isaiah 37:24

Sennacherib, the man of sin, has been allowed to come into the high mountains:

"But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me." Isaiah 37:28

Sennacherib, the man of sin, has been given place. He has been allowed entrance and has cut down the effectiveness of God's choice cedars and firs:

"Therefore their inhabitants are of small power, they are dismayed and confounded: they have become as the grass of the field and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as corn blasted before it is grown." Isaiah 37:27

God's people have become a defeated church and the gates of hell are prevailing against it. Sennacherib, the man of sin, has brought God's people to small power. Many are dismayed and confounded. Many are withering as the grass and the tender herb and as corn blasted before it has had a chance to grow. But there is hope for the choice fir and cedar!

"And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah (those dwelling in the land of praise) shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward:" Isaiah 37:31

Sennacherib, the man of sin, has entered into our land and cut down God's choice cedars and firs. Great fires of devastation are in store for God's select trees of righteousness.

But there is hope!

There is hope in what we call "pioneer trees". Pioneer trees are trees which spring up after a piece of land has been devastated by fire or other natural disasters. A remnant shall escape the fires of the wrath that is shortly to come upon God's people, those who have learned to praise in Judah. These shall become God's pioneer trees who shall take root again downward and bear fruit upward, springing forth in their intended station, immoveable for all eternity. God's permanent Spiritual house will be constructed of these soft, pliable woods who have stood the test of time.

Praise God! There is Hope! God will have His useable trees for construction of His permanent house.

"O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.

They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.

Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.

Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? Prudent, and he shall know them? For the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein." Hosea 14:1, 5-9

Should God's choice firs be cut down? No! Be wise! Be not a feller of God's choice trees of righteousness. We need to proclaim as Isaiah:

"Take up this proverb against the King of Babylon (confusion), and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! The golden city ceased!

The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the scepter of the rulers. He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.

The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing. Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.

How are thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou

cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!" Isaiah 14:4-8 & 12

The righteous fir trees and the true cedars rejoice together when the king of Babylon, (confusion) and the king of pride is cut down to the ground. No longer will the man of sin come up to the mountains of Lebanon against God's select choice trees. Praise God! There is hope in the choice firs of Lebanon!

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