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What is a tree for?

A tree is good (Gen 1:12).

A tree is beautiful (Gen 2:9).

A tree is for food (Gen 1:29).

A tree is a blessing from God for his creation, even in those wild places where no human being has set foot (Job 40:20-22).

A tree is for birds (Ps 104:16-17).

A tree is for war—to make tools to besiege a city, but never beyond the strictest limits (Deut 20:19-20).

A tree is a blessing from God for people and a sign of peace, giving shade and shelter to those under his protection (Mic 4:3-4).

A tree is a gallows for a man cursed by God (Deut 21:22-23).

A tree is for houses for kings and people (2 Sam 5:11).

A tree is for the praise of God’s glory (Ps 148:7-9).

There is a tree that brings life (Gen 2:9).

There is a tree that brings death—a curse from God himself bringing death to man and death to his world (Gen 3:17-19).

There is a tree where a man absorbed and suffered the curse (Gal 3:13).

There is, on that tree, healing and life (1 Pet 2:24).

There is a tree in a garden city where there is no curse—a tree whose fruit gives life and whose leaves bring healing to the nations (Rev 22:1-3).

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Publications by Lionel Windsor:

  • Lift Your Eyes: Reflections on Ephesians

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