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1.27.2021 – “Oaks of Righteousness”

“…So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”—Isaiah 61:3

This morning, the Lord put a phrase on my heart,

“Oaks of Righteousness”

…and so I looked up some of the translations of the scripture that includes this phrase.

“to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.” (ESV)

“to console the mourners in Zion—to give them a crown of beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and a garment of praise for a spirit of despair. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” (Berean Study Bible)

“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.” (NLT)

“…to strengthen those crushed by despair who mourn in Zion
    to give them a beautiful bouquet in the place of ashes,
    the oil of bliss instead of tears,
    and the mantle of joyous praise
    instead of the spirit of heaviness.
    Because of this, they will be known as
Mighty Oaks of Righteousness,
    planted by Yahweh as a living display of his glory.”

Here’s a note from the commentary in The Passion Translation:

“The oak, a hardwood tree, was used to make yokes for oxen and symbolizes strength, might (or mighty men), stability, conviction, uprightness, resoluteness… “Oaks of Righteousness” points to a godly, spiritually mature people who will know the righteousness of God and walk in it. Jesus, the Tree of Life, multiplies himself in us so we become trees of righteousness.

And…this morning the Lord first brought me to Jeremiah 5…

I couldn’t help but see the parallels with what is happening right now in our Nation.

But as I thought of this phrase “Oaks of Righteousness” this morning, I noticed this verse in Jeremiah 5 talking about how God prunes His vine for growth and for bearing fruit.

“…But do not make a complete end.

Take away her branches,

For they are not the Lord’s”—Jeremiah 5:10

And He reminded me of Jeremiah 1:10:

“Today I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms. Some you must uproot and tear down, destroy and overthrow. Others you must build up and plant.”

And Jesus said…

But Jesus replied, “Every plant that My heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by its roots.“—Matthew 15:13

God uproots what evil has “planted” but He does not uproot His vine, “His trees”... He prunes them. So that we can grow into His “Oaks of Righteousness”…

Because this is His desire for His people that He has planted in the earth

He is like a tree planted by the waters that sends out its roots toward the stream. It does not fear when the heat comes, and its leaves are always green. It does not worry in a year of drought, nor does it cease to produce fruit.“—Jeremiah 17:8

Our God is faithful to do what needs to be done, so that He can grow us into the kind of people He desires for us to be in this earth—a people who realize that we are living here for this time, but we belong to His Kingdom. He desires that we become a people who are strengthened and rooted in HIM, and a people who bear good fruit.

Thank You, Father ?

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

(Matthew 6)

-Heather ?

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