Oil Trees in the Wilderness

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Moringa oleifera trees at Habiba Farm, November 2014I was reading this Scripture on Saturday:

The poor and needy seek water, and there is none.
Their tongue fails for thirst.
I, the LORD, will answer them.
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
I will open rivers on the bare heights,
and springs in the middle of the valleys.
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
and the dry land springs of water.
I will put cedar, acacia, myrtle, and oil trees in the wilderness.
I will set cypress trees, pine, and box trees together in the desert;
that they may see, know, consider, and understand together,
that the LORD’s hand has done this,
and the Holy One of Israel has created it.
(Isaiah 41:17-20)

The part that caught my attention was “OIL TREES IN THE WILDERNESS”. Immediately I thought of the Moringa tree, and how it is drought resistant.

Whether this Scripture is referring directly to that or not, I don’t know. But this scripture does teach us some lessons, both in the natural realm and in the spiritual.

1. God sees the plight of the needy, and He will answer and not forsake them. But when? I does not appear that God is doing this. But look again! Is the problem with God or with people? Yes, it is man’s persception that is wrong. Often we do not see what God has done and what He has provided.

2. God WILL (and HAS) put cedar, acacia, myrtle, oil trees, cypress, pine, box trees in the wilderness and desert. Specifically for us, it is the Oil Tree (Moringa). God has made provision in the form of trees. It is up to people to do something with these trees.

3. Our part is to SEE, KNOW, CONSIDER, AND UNDERTAND TOGETHER, that the Lord’s hand has put the Moringa Tree there. I looked up the Hebrew meanings for those 4 action words, and this is my paraphrase:

  • SEE – Perceive and have a vision
  • KNOW – Acknowledge and confess this is from God.
  • CONSIDER – Set in place a stategy to utilise God’s gift.
  • UNDERSTAND – Be prudent, act wisely and have success.

Finally, let us praise God together that His hand has done this! This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes.

He has created it for His glory and as a blessing for the poor and humble. May we be a part of His marvelous work of saving lives, and bringing people into a relationship with their Creator.

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