Sitting here in my second-floor office, I can see 11 trees, each with their own unique shade of green (except for the red maple which is definitely red).
Trees are all around us. You might live in a place where there are an abundance of fruit trees, palms, Joshua trees – or another unique-to-your-area variety. Unless you live in the middle of a city where buildings have totally obliterated trees, you probably can find at least one tree within walking distance of where you live.
As you spend time outside with your children this summer, remind them of the many places in the Bible where God talks about trees …
I have listed ten, but there are many, many more. (Perhaps finding other mentions could be part of a summer tree project.) Draw pictures of trees, memorize a verse or two about trees, review the Bible events that center on trees. (And many churches have trees on their property, so this is also a good kidmin project.)
- Trees were created by God on the third day. (Genesis 1:11)
- Trees filled the Garden of Eden; trees that bore fruit that was delicious to eat. In the center of the garden was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the only one Adam and Eve were NOT to eat. Of course, they did eat the fruit and sin entered the world. (Genesis 2-3)
- Olive trees were/are a symbol of peace and mentioned several times in the Bible. In Genesis 8:11, the dove brought back an olive leaf, a symbol of new life on earth and reconciliation with God after the judgment of the flood. The Bible includes many other references to the olive tree.
- Trees were a place of hospitality. Abraham welcomes strangers under his tree, outside his tent. (Genesis 18:4)
- Trees were ruined during the Egyptian plague of hail along with most everything else. (Exodus 9:25)
- Fruitful trees are a picture of the righteous. (Psalm 1:3)
- Trees provide a place for birds to nest. (Psalm 107:16-17)
- Trees are known by their fruit … as the righteous are known by their fruit. (Matthew 7:17-20)
- A tree was used as a viewing place for Zacchaeus. (Luke 19: 1-10)
- Palm tree branches were used to welcome Christ to Jerusalem. (John 12:12-14)
What other facts about trees can you remember from God’s Word?