Fri, Dec 22, 2017

Planted by the Lord

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Isaiah 61:3  Planted By The Lord

11/26 – Intro: “Our Great Consolation” 

12/03 – Advent Sunday 1 – “Beauty for Ashes”

12/10 – Advent Sunday 2 – “Oils of Joy”

12/17 – Advent Sunday 3 – “Garments of Praise”

12/24 – Advent Sunday 4 – “Planted by the Lord – I am not a Weed”


All humans have this innate need, hard wired into each of us:

  • Who are we?
  • Where do we come from?
    • Was there a beginning?
    • Is there an end?
    • Is there a Creator?
  • What does it all mean?
  • What is the meaning of my life – why do I exist?


Our main point this morning:  There is one great, benevolent God that created your life with purpose, with a calling, with goals – He placed you exactly where you live for such a time as this.


Isaiah 61:1–2

1 “The Spirit of the Father Adonai Yehovah is upon Me,

Because the Lord has anointed Me

To preach good tidings to the poor;

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives,

And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,

And the day of vengeance of our God;

To comfort all who mourn,

3 To console those who mourn in Zion,

To give them beauty for ashes,

The oil of joy for mourning,

The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;

That they may be called trees of righteousness,

The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”


His planting:

  1. Trees of righteousness – Mighty Oaks of Righteousness
    1. 352 אַיִל, אַיִל, אַיִל, אַיִל, אֵל, אֵל, אֵל [ʾayil /ah·yil/] n m. From the same as 193; TWOT 45d; GK 380 and 381 and 382 and 383 and 442 and 443 and 444; 185 occurrences; AV translates as “ram(s)” 156 times, “post(s)” 21 times, “mighty (men)” four times, “trees” twice, “lintel” once, and “oaks” once. 1 ram. 1a ram (as food). 1b ram (as sacrifice). 1c ram (skin dyed red, for tabernacle). 2 pillar, door post, jambs, pilaster. 3 strong man, leader, chief. 4 mighty oak tree, terebinth. [1]




  1. The Planting of the Lord
    1. Where He has planted us
    2. When He has planted us
    3. How He has planted us


First:  We are “trees of righteousness”

6664 צֶדֶק [tsedeq /tseh·dek/] n m. From 6663; TWOT 1879a; GK 7406; 116 occurrences; AV translates as “righteousness” 77 times, “just” 11 times, “justice” 10 times, “righteous” eight times, “righteously” three times, “right” three times, “righteous cause” once, “unrighteousness” once, and translated miscellaneously twice.

1 justice, rightness, righteousness.

1a what is right or just or normal, rightness, justness (of weights and measures).

1b righteousness (in government of judges, rulers, kings.)   [2]

Mighty Oak Trees:

  • Trees are stable
  • Trees aren’t moved easily
  • Trees spread roots, deep and wide

2 Peter 3:18   But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

  • Trees bear fruit

John 15:5  “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him—this one bears much fruit, for apart from me you are not able to do anything.

  • Trees sow seeds
  • Trees bring relief and shade in the heat of your day


Psalm 92:12–15

12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,

He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord

Shall flourish in the courts of our God.

14 They shall still bear fruit in old age;

They shall be fresh and flourishing,

15 To declare that the Lord is upright;

He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.


  • Did you get that? “Those who are planted”, not potted! (those who occasionally attend.)
    • “Potted trees” never have the deep roots to grow properly.
    • How great would a “potted oak tree” become?
    • And where are they to be planted? In the house of the Lord!
    • God has called us to receive blessings and to be a blessing, but those with shallow roots will never experience the fullness of all He has prepared and desired for them to have. [3]


Jeremiah 17:7–8  (NLT)

7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.

8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.


Those planted deeply in the HOUSE OF THE LORD (Ps 92.13) – will flourish, safely endure financial drought, disease, or spiritual drought and relational drought.

  • They always have enough
  • Their leaves stay green
  • They continue to produce fruit.


The same theme of deeply planted, evergreen, fruitful trees before the Lord, planted in His House:

Psalm 1:1–6 (NKJV)

1 Blessed is the man

Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,

Nor stands in the path of sinners,

Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

And in His law he meditates day and night.

3 He shall be like a tree

Planted by the rivers of water,

That brings forth its fruit in its season,

Whose leaf also shall not wither;

And whatever he does shall prosper.

4 The ungodly are not so,

But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,

Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,

But the way of the ungodly shall perish.




  • Psalm 1:3 : “A tree planted”
    • Since when do trees plant themselves?
      • This denotes a plan, a purpose, a strategy
      • This attests to God’s ability to plant:
        • where He wants to plant
          • To be stable
          • To not be moved easily
          • To spread roots, deep and wide
          • To bear fruit
          • To sow seeds
          • To bring relief and shade in the heat of your day
        • what He wants as well.
          • We’re not all the same you know – like different members of the body, Paul said in 1 Cor. 12.
          • To bear different fruit.

1 Corinthians 12:11 (LEB)   But in all these things one and the same Spirit is at work, distributing to each one individually just as he wishes.


Plants out of place:

  • weedis a plant considered undesirable in a particular situation, "a plant in the wrong place". Examples commonly are plants unwanted in human-controlled settings, such as farm fields, gardens, lawns, and parks. 
    Taxonomically, the term "weed" has no botanical significance, because a plant that is a weed in one context is not a weed when growing in a situation where it is in fact wanted.   [4]


  1. Trees of Righteousness with deep roots – much fruit
  2. Potted Trees that move around often – little fruit
  3. Weeds – always in the wrong place at the wrong time. No good fruit.


“Our world is literally dying for a reason to hope again. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord, who grow into the trees of righteousness, whose roots go deep into the waters of life, will bear the fruit of Christ’s love which will be for the healing of the nations. That is why we are here and what we are called to do; to be planted, to grow and to bear the fruit of His righteousness for the healing of this community.”  [5]



Let’s pray as Jesus taught us to pray:

“Spirit of Father Adonai Yehovah come upon me, clothe me in praise, release me from the weight and burden of my sins and place me by Your side, that I may know what is the hope of my calling, what are the riches of the glory of my inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of Your power toward us who believe, according to the working of Your mighty power.”




[1]  James Strong, Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon (Woodside Bible Fellowship, 1995).

[2] James Strong, Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon (Woodside Bible Fellowship, 1995).