God uses Similes

In the post This Is How I Roll, the notion that God compares two type of people, the godly and ungodly. God makes the distinction between those whom He esteems and those whom he desires to esteem. God goes through a series of statements to illustrate the difference between the person who seeks Him and the one who does not seek Him. God uses Similes as a part of that illustration. Simile is defined as a figure of speech comparing two unlike things that is often introduced by like or as.

In reality, comparison and contrast is an effective strategy in the teaching and learning process. Like everything else right, God is the model for us to follow. In Psalms 1, we see the comparison of the blessed and not blessed. Remember that blessed here means happy. He is happy because of the consequences of his choices.

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;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
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.

The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish. (NKJV)

The comparison of the godly to a tree planted by the rivers of water (streams of water) leaves no room for ambiguity. We could imagine a tree planted by the river. It conjures up the notion that the tree will not suffer from drought. First, whether rivers or streams, there is the plural form of the water source presented. If there is more than one river/stream, the likelihood of the tree experiencing drought is negligible if at all.

The Word of God is the rivers of water. Because the water source which brings life is so plenteous, the tree functions as it should.The tree produces fruit in the season that it supposed to produce fruit. Similarly, the man or tree if you will produces fruit because his delight is in the law of the Lord and he meditates day and night on God’s Word. It is the Word that gives us strength to live the life that God calls us to live. The Word shapes our character. We see that affirmed in Romans 12:2 as well as many other verses.

The pivotal matter is the Word of God. It is the Word that brings forth fruit. It is the Word that serves as a continual water source for the planted. The tree produces fruit and its leaves do not wither. The connotation is that the tree always has a source of fruitfulness.

If we want to be fruitful, we must continually be engaged in the Word of God. We must delight in the Word of God. That means that we can’t despise the Word when we are corrected or directed by the Word. The man of god sees the delight in being led the right way because it brings about his happiness. The godly man meditate on the Word of God day and night resulting in a tree always having access to the life source and produces fruit in season, whose leaves never wither and prospers in whatever he does. Now, we know what we must do if we want to be A Tree of Life.


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