JESUS CHRIST IS THE TREE OF LIFE AND WE ARE BRANCHES OF LIFE
04-28-19 This message may be viewed live streaming video at www.tabernacleofmoses.org commencing today Sunday at 11:00 am, and repeated 24/7 for one week; thereafter, the video, audio, and study notes are archived.
(Psa 1:1-3) Blessed [Heb: happy] is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight [Heb: pleasure, desire] is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate [Heb: ponder: study] day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted [Heb: transplanted] by the rivers of water [symbolic of the Holy Spirit], that bringeth forth his fruit [Heb: reward] in his season; his leaf also shall not wither ; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper [Heb: be profitable] [to whom?].
1. wither = Heb: wilt, fall away, fail faint; be foolish or (morally) wicked; despise, disgrace: dishonor, fade, fall, come to naught, make vile.
(Psa 1:4-6) The ungodly  are not so: but are like the chaff  which the wind [symbolic of the Holy Spirit] driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous [Heb: just, lawful]: but the way of the ungodly shall perish [Heb: be destroyed: not escape].
1. ungodly = Heb: morally wrong; bad person: condemned, guilty, wicked (man), that did wrong.
2. chaff = Dict: 1. the husks of wheat or other grain separated [from the seed] in threshing or winnowing. 2. anything worthless.
WHOSE ROD WAS IT?
(Exo 3:9,10) [The LORD said unto Moses] Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression [Heb: distress: affliction] wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt [symbolic of the land of the unsaved].
(Exo 4:1-5) And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken [Heb: hear intelligently (obediently)] unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee. And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand [Heb: power]? And he [Moses] said, A rod . And he [God] said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent [symbolic of sin]; and Moses fled from before it [Whose rod was it?]. And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail [Heb: to curtail] . And he put forth his hand, and caught it , and it [the serpent] became a rod in his hand [Heb: power] [i.e., power over his sin (symbolic of us), for our future evolution, from the ten plagues upon Pharaoh, being transformed (Rom 12:2) throughout the Bible from a rod of wood into “a rod of iron” (Rev 2:27; 12:5; 19:15), symbolic of judgment]: That they [all of us] may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.
1. rod = Heb: a branch [of a tree]; also a rod, whether for chastising (fig. correction), ruling (a sceptre), throwing (a lance), or walking (a staff); fig. a support of life.
2. curtail = Dict. Synonyms: restrain, restrict, inhibit, reduce, hold back, rein in.
a. (Gal 5:22,23) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance [Gk: self-control: temperate]: against such there is no law.
b. temperate = Dict: 1. moderate in indulging the appetites, not self-indulgent. 2. moderate in one’s actions, speech, etc.; self-restrained.
3. caught it = Gk: fastened upon; seized; be strong, to bind, restrain, conquer: behave self valiantly, withstand.
WHO IS THE IRON AXE HEAD?
(2 Kings 6:1-7) And the sons of the prophets [Heb: inspired men] [students of one of several schools for “the sons of the prophets” 2 Kings 2:3,5] said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait [Heb: small, tribulation] for us. Let us go, we pray thee, unto [the river] Jordan [Heb: descender] [symbolic of the Holy Spirit], and take thence every man a beam [Heb: a rafter: roof] [symbol of a covering], and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he [Elisha] answered, Go ye. And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go. So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood [symbol of men]. But as one was felling a beam, the axe head [Heb: iron (as cutting)] [symbol of judgment] fell into the water [of the Holy Spirit]: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed [from someone else and thus, in good faith, destined to be returned]. And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick [symbol of man], and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim [supported by the water of the Holy Spirit and became mutually attached to the stick]. Therefore said he [Elisha], Take it up to thee. And he [who had “cried”] put out his hand, and took it.
1. Commentary: From whom was the axe head borrowed? The axe head was Jesus Christ, the stick was the man; mutually joined together they are an instrument of God doing the work of the cross.
2. (Luke 9:23) And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself [his natural desires], and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
3. (Luke 14:27) And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
THE FULL SUMMATION
(Mat 3:10-12) And now also the axe [the fully assembled axe head and rod = God (axe) joined with man (rod); Christ joined with Jesus; the cross, i.e., Jesus Christ attached (nailed) to the wood; the Head attached to the Body of Christ] is laid unto the root of the trees [completely separating the tree from the earth]: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water [symbolic of the Holy Spirit, i.e., “the washing of water by the word” Eph 5:26] unto repentance [Gk: to think differently, reconsider]: but he that cometh after me [Jesus Christ] is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost [“the earnest (deposit) of the Spirit” 2 Cor 1:22; 5:5], and with fire [“cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them” Acts 2:3 (the fullness of the Spirit)]: Whose fan [Gk: a winnowing fork] is in his hand, and he will throughly purge [Gk: cleanse perfectly] his floor, and gather [Gk: assemble] his wheat into the garner [Gk: barn]; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.