Being Woven

Green Wood or Dry Wood?

But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.  For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’  Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’    Luke 23:28-30

For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?  Luke 23:31

 

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ὑγρός

hygros

wet (as if with rain), i.e. (by implication) sappy (fresh):—green

 

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ξηρός

xēros

(through the idea of scorching); arid; by implication, shrunken, earth (as opposed to water):—dry land, withered.

Pilate has turned Jesus over to the people to be crucified.

The innocent, the unblemished Lamb, the Holy One, the One without sin…if they crucify this One, Christ Jesus, then what will they do to the ones who have sin, are guilty, are the withered ones?

In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.  John 5:3

Those who are less than perfect, which is all of us…

Those who are withered as dry wood, the man with the withered hand, those with withered, old skin, those who are less than physically whole…

Where do we stand in this scenario?  We are not the green, new wood of Jesus. We are, in ways of our own, the ones who are less than He is, by far.  Yet, there are ways to remain near to Jesus and return to Him where He sits at the right hand of God.

If anyone does not abide in Me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.  John 15:6

Let us…

come to Jesus as our LORD, our Savior

know that He died and rose again

abide in Him

obey Him

love Him

love others

be planted in the waters of the Lord

yield fruit that glorifies God

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.  In all that he does, he prospers.  Psalm 1:3

LORD Jesus, teach me Your ways so that when my days are numbered I may return to You for You have called me.  May I be steadfast in my walk beside You, obedient in Your way.  May I stand near and learn from You so that I may glorify our Father in Heaven.  LORD, I want to be planted in You, my Living Water, quenched in the richness of Your Word.  May this tree bloom, seed, and become the fruit of love and joy, of peace and patience, of kindness, goodness, and faithfulness, of gentleness, and self-control.  May the fruit of righteousness come through You, my Christ, to me so that I may give glory and honor and praise to God.  May I walk in Your light for this fruit is found in all that is good, right, and true.  I want to be pleasing to You, taking no part in unfruitful works of darkness.  Your Word is a lamp unto my feet.  It is a light unto my path, keeping me upright and on the narrow path.  I pray all of this, LORD.  This is not an easy road, but it is the one I desire for all the days of my life.  In You, the Bright, Shining Star, I pray.  Amen. 

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22 Comments

  1. Linda, this is such a beautiful reminder that God graciously allows us to be rooted in Him to produce good fruit that could only come from Him. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Thank you, Courtney. Your words are an encouragement to my heart.

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  2. Horace Williams Jr.

    Linda what an inspiring and uplifting prayer you share here. I want to be [planted near the streams of living water so that my wood always is green. Thank you for sharing these words of inspiration and the green tree image is stunning! i wanted to pop over and say hello. I knew I would get some encouragement here. What great post to read today. Have a wonderful week dear friend and may God continue to richly bless you and yours.

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  3. Lori @ Frog's Lilypad

    I pray I will always be found planted by the Living Water. Thank you, Linda for this reminder and for sharing with Thankful Thursdays. Have a wonderful week.

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  4. Praying this prayer with you, my friend!
    Blessings,
    Lori

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  5. Linda, I love this. Very thought provoking and intrigues me, one reason in part for the topic of “wood,” the other, the “waters of the Lord.” I desire to be rooted in the Living water and though may wither at times, I pray and believe one day I will eternally flourish in Heaven with Him. Until then, I am glad to grow in His truths with you friend!

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  6. Lisa Appelo

    Linda, Psalm 1 is one of my all-time favorite verses. Thank you for fleshing these verses out …I had not really meditated on the Luke verse about green wood. Blessings to you.

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  7. welcomeheart

    it’s a desert in CA but finally, rain coming today. i need to stay close to God’s spring for any fruit at all! Amen, sister woven!

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  8. Beautiful words always…

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  9. Awesome Prayer! Life giving water and endless supply comes from Jesus! Thank You!

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  10. Linda,
    I love the word “abide” and I believe that we must abide in Christ in order to keep from becoming withered and dried out. Being grafted to the vine, keeps us green and His Spirit flowing through us. So glad I stopped by today 🙂
    Blessings,
    Bev

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  11. Beautiful heartfelt prayer!

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  12. Gayl

    Linda, I love your prayer. May God grant that we all be steadfast and obedient, “… planted in You, my Living Water, quenched in the richness of Your Word.” Thank you for sharing your heart with us. Blessings to you! I’m your neighbor at #TeaAndWord.

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  13. Beautiful! And beautiful prayer, too!

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  14. Oh, to be near to the “green wood,” reminded often of His purpose for us and refreshed daily in His presence! Thank you for sharing this encouragement with us at Grace & Truth.

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  15. Linda, in these days of the cut, stack, and split of firewood I LOVE this metaphor and this wonderful word study. Thank you for the time and work that you invest for your readers’ learning.

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  16. Linda, what a beautiful post and closing prayer…I am praying every word right along with you…oh, how we plead the blood of Jesus, that the Holy Spirit takes authority over our emotions, and our flesh, so that the fruit of His Spirit would flow freely through us to others…many blessings to you ❤️

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  17. I make this my prayer, too, Linda: “May this tree bloom, seed, and become the fruit of love and joy, of peace and patience, of kindness, goodness, and faithfulness, of gentleness, and self-control.”

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  18. Love your prayer, it is so beautiful. I will definitely be pinning this 🙂 Psalms 1:1-3 is one of my favorite passages. It helps to remind me where I need to be planting myself and to stay rooted there. I needed this today as I am feeling a bit on the “dry” side this week. Too many things going on I suppose. Enjoyed this, thank you for sharing it.

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  19. Horace Williams Jr.

    What a beautiful, heartfelt prayer Linda. I am thankful that God has allowed me to abide in Him. I pray that my fruit glorifies Him. Always inspired by your thoughts here, friend. Have an amazing weekend and may God richly bless you and yours.

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  20. Thank you, Linda, for this precious word study. You captured so well the thoughts that I feel in this season that seems barren and withered and dry. And yet, abiding in Jesus means that He does bring His water to these weary limbs. What a great encouragement to think about the freshness and fruit that He still wants to bring to us here. –Blessings to you!

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