Thoughts About another Tree
When at times our hearts would tend to Pride. When we may be tempted like Nebuchadnezzar (King of Ancient Babylon) to look around our little fiefdom and exclaim. Is not this great Babylon that I have built, we do well to remember that The First Man (Adam) and the First Order of Men is of the earth, earthy. Lit: out of the earth, made of earth. For God had said: Dust thou art and unto dust shalt thou return.
Dust the very vehicle through which God displayed his power and glory in the creation of the man became the very symbol of the abject poverty, the great shame and the total weakness of man.
But turn to the cross, the tree of shame, and see nailed to that instrument of death, the one who cried, “ My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaves to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. In this we see the very vehicle through which man displayed the extreme of his corrupt and depraved nature become the very means through which the God of Glory displayed the Wonder of his Compassion, the Glory of his Grace and the Fullness of his Love. Is that not Good?