Terebinth Tree

Psalm 1:3 and Jeremiah 17:8 describe trees that thrive in any condition because of their deep roots. They are a picture of a person whose trust in God runs deeper than his or her unpredictable circumstances.

The picture of the one who trusts in the Lord culminates in Ezekiel’s vision of the third temple where he sees on the bank of the river that comes out from the Temple of the Lord: “By the river on its bank, on one side and on the other, will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not fail. They will bear every month because their water flows from the sanctuary, and their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing” (Ezekiel 47:12, NASB).

This terebinth tree [Isaiah 6:13; Hosea 4:13] was photographed in Wadi Avdat in Southern Israel. It sits just on the edge of a dry riverbed in an area that gets less than 3 inches of rain per year.

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