“For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry?” There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.”
-Green wood has been used symbolically to show the ability of a person to bear fruit & make a difference in his/her own life & that of others. Dry wood on the other hand, is lifeless, unable to produce & is easy to catch fire. This was probably a comparison of the two thieves who were crucified next to Jesus. He was reproached, reviled, scourged & led to the slaughter so that by Jesus’ suffering & death on the cross He may triumphed over all His enemies for the purchase of victory in eternal life for the whole world.
-Wood in Hebrew is written as ets & is used in various industries including; construction, energy, carpentry, etc. & helps to produce goods & services that improve the quality of people’s lives all over the world.
-Gold & silver articles are often associated with honour while wood & clay are deemed more inferior & could be used either to honour or dishonour God (2 Tim 2:20-22). The ark of the covenant & the first Jerusalem temple were constructed by both wood & gold to honour God. The same materials were used to make foreign gods thus dishonouring God. The holiest articles & places were made of gold a comparison to the spirit man as opposed to wood & clay which can be attributed to the body. Good works of righteousness, faith, love & peace spark in us a spiritual fire that draw us closer to God but a contention heats up the soul causing a quarrel between families, friends & the societies. Just like wood fuels fire, gossip heighten a quarrel (Prov 26:20). When the spirit is renewed by God, the heart becomes pure, our words are filtered & the whole body is controlled (James 3:2). Christ makes our lives sweet by His love displayed through His crucification & death on the cross & after 3 days released us from the bondage of slavery to sin. This was predestined at Marah after the Israelites were delivered from slavery & walked for 3 days after crossing the Red Sea. Moses to instructed by God to throw a piece of wood in the bitter water which made it sweet (Exo 15:25). Again when Elijah had a contest with the 450 prophets of Baal to prove the power of God against Baal. He used 12 stones when building the altar & poured 12 jars of water on the sacrifice. He then prayed to God & fire came down from heaven burning the sacrifice, wood, soil & stones beneath & Ahab; & the people believe that the Lord is the only true God (1 Kings 18:33). In the same way, Jesus demonstrated His love for us by offering Himself as a pleasing sacrifice for the remission of our sins that we may gain victory with Him. He celebrated the last supper with the 12 disciples where He gave us His body & blood that we may partake of Him & receive eternal life (Jn 6:54). Through His great love & mercy; God made us alive when we were dead to transgressions & raised us up with Christ. He made us sit with Him in the heavenly realm that we may be saved by grace not by our works lest anyone should boast & have been created for good works prepared for us in advance (Eph 2:4-10).
Jesus Christ our Saviour, we thank You & praise Your name for dying on the cross for our sins that we may attain victory with You unto eternal life through grace. Strengthen us to dwell in You as You are in us as we partake of Your body & blood by faith. We humbly ask You Lord to fill our hearts with joy this Easter & journey with all those who are traveling. We believe in You Father, make our lives sweeter as the water at Marah for the good works prepared for us in advance. All glory & praise belongs to You Lord forever & ever. Amen
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