When most people read the Bible there seems to be a limitation to their understanding based on certain symbols used in the Scriptures. The stories are easy enough to read, but it is often hard to understand some of the deeper meanings if you do not understand the significance of symbolic items used such as: garments, trees, mountains, lakes, animals, etc. When you can understand the significance of these items you will gain a greater clarity into your studies. What symbolic truth can we learn from this word?
Different tree types represent different aspects of truth.
- Trees: To make a firm understanding: Knowledge (Male)
- Fruit: To produce, to be fruitful: A relevant truth called “Wisdom” (Female)
- Seeds: to do, sow or scatter moral quality: The possibilities & potential that lead to “Actions & Understanding” (Child)
- Forest/Garden: To Counsel or Consider truth.
The tree is the central structure of the home and often accounted to represent “life-force” but Biblically speaking it is the growth structure of truth that holds our home of the soul together. This is the growth process of knowledge that leads to love and understanding. There are many trees mentioned throughout the Holy Scriptures, each representing an understanding gained through life. Each tree brings about a new perspective we harvest to give us counsel to make better informed decision. The trees are also likened to individual people as each person too is an extension of this same process as each person you meet will give you counsel and thus plant a seed that will grow a knowledge into a wise understanding.
Mark 8:24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.
As firm (Tree) knowledge grows it produces (Fruits) wisdom in knowing how to apply the knowledge gained. As the fruit is harvested you gather understanding in moral fiber (Seeds) and when application is better understood it gives purpose, thus it is shared or planted in turn in you, or in others, and it then gains more knowledge to bring forth more wisdom and then ultimately to perpetuate the growth process of gaining more ground in the earth as a forest (Counsel/Considerations) of understanding.
Luke 3:9; Matthew 3:10 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
The trees or knowledge (NOT to be confused with the “Tree of knowledge OF Good & Evil“) that are not tended to are as though a wild tree and are undefined by the farmer thus accounted to as “sin” because they are untested and a faulty counsel that cannot grow sweet fruits, thus they are removed to make room for true trees of eternal truths called “life”. Thus a tree of life is the growth process of gaining pure truths that give wisdom and good understandings to the soul and are that of which that are eternal and cannot die like faulty beliefs can. This process of removing dead truths or trees and replacing them with new ones is a discernment that is likened to a counsel of the trees called a garden “paradise” or “peace”. These are the eternal “living” truths of God which are good and agreeable by all and that give serenity to the soul.
The eternal truths we grow are not religious in definition but rather solid understandings of why it is good to do good things over those that harm or cause separation. Unity is the goal of salvation and unification can only come by growing good council in your understanding of yourself, others and the world around you. Without the counsel of righteous truths paradise is lost and the inner-world would consume itself like a forest fire of dead trees.
Jude 1:12 These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots;
Mark 6:3 Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him.