The Planting of the LORD
God plays an active role in His metaphoric garden. He plans for and raises-up people or nations for His purpose. His favored among His crop are referred to as the planting of the Lord. His projected plans are also spoken of in horticultural terms.
Genesis 2:8 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
There is complexity and symbolism involved in the following passage.
Numbers 24:6 As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river's side, as the trees of lign aloes which the Lord hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters.
This is about people who serve nearest to God and are particularly blessed of Him.
Psalm 92:13 Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.
There is also complexity and symbolism involved in the following passage.
Psalm 104:16 The trees of the Lord are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;
There are people who God raised up who for whatever reason turn away from God to serve and worship false gods. That is what the following is about.
Jeremiah 11:17 For the Lord of hosts, that planted thee, hath pronounced evil against thee, for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to provoke me to anger in offering incense unto Baal.
God is warning the people of a land that they are about to be removed. Apparently, they had done something to anger Him.
Jeremiah 45:4 Thus shalt thou say unto him, The Lord saith thus; Behold, that which I have built will I break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land.
People who faithfully serve God even through trials and tribulations are in the end greatly rewarded by God because of their steadfastness.
Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
There is even more symbolism involved in the following passage.
Isaiah 41:19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together:
God has set His eyes on the people in the following passage for good. He also promises not to pluck them up or cut them off from the land of the living.
Jeremiah 24:6 For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.
Another account of God doing a people good and even rejoicing over the people He chose to bless.
Jeremiah 32:41 Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.
This is yet a familiar pattern of how God choses to bless a people and promises not to cut them off.
Jeremiah 42:10 If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.
The following is a metaphor declared by God as something He put into action. The trees spoken of are people. This was made clear when God said, “All the trees of the field shall know.” That means the trees in this metaphor had a conscious.
Ezekiel 17:22 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also take of the highest branch of the high cedar, and will set it; I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one, and will plant it upon an high mountain and eminent:
23 In the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell.
24 And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the LORD have spoken and have done it.
The people spoken of in the following had been removed from their land. God promised to restore them to their land where they will remain and not be removed again.
Amos 9:15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.
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