1. In this series of evidence we have examined briefly several factors that God Is. From God’s All Sufficient Word, The Existence and Reality that God Is, God’s power, presence, and wisdom, the intricacies and design of the Human Body we have seen without any doubt the existence and direction of God in all things.
2. As with our other studies concerning the evidence that God Is, we now turn our attention to the topics of trees and plants.
3. Again the Great Architect of all things have supplied man throughout the ages with trees and plants to be used for our benefit.
4. From the wood used to the building of ships, houses furniture, to its fruits and nuts, for their beauty and magnificence, trees have been given all over the world.
5. From the myriad of species of plants, God has given us medicines, food, clothing, insecticides etc.
6. With so many species and intricacies of trees and plants, it is not difficult to see a Divine Hand in all of this for the betterment of man.
7. Let us continue our studies on evidences while remembering these four texts from the Inspired Word of God. Genesis 1:1, Hebrews 11:6, Colossians 1: 15-18, Genesis 1:20-31.
A. It is so easy to become complacent and apathetic and unseeing in regards to the reality of the tree.
B. Created by God. Given by God for all so many purposes for the betterment of man. God made every species of tree as well as other life on the earth, after its own kind.
C. Trees with all of their different purposes, or their heights, circumferences, shapes of leaves, density of wood, traits of bark, age, we often ignore and expect them to be as they are. Not understanding, not recognizing God’s Hand in their creation.
D. Consider trees and some of their shared physical traits.
1. Life begins from seeds in the ground after its own kind. Sun, water, temperature all have such a huge part in growth. God given sciences.
2. Sap, the life blood of trees and plants, that travels up and down the tree or plant; up in warm weather, down to the root system to protect it from cold.
3. They show man’s God’s magnificence in their shapes and sizes, colors, purposes.
1. Apples, pears, peaches, coconuts, olives, coffee, teas, edible nuts of all kinds and shapes and tastes. Bananas. Just to name a few.
2. Have you ever consider the variety and complexity of the foods alone harvested from trees?
1. From the giant cedars of Lebanon, to the Teak tree, to the oak, pine, maple, ash etc.
2. Huts on islands made from bamboo, and palm branches.
3. Consider your house you live in. Take away the tree from the construction of your house, and you are sitting on the ground!
4. Nails and screws used to hold all these things together, the ability for such trades to be develop from the mind of man. “Who made man’s mouth” Exodus 4:11.
G. Medicines and homeopathy.
1. Ginko balboa, – memory. Saw palmetto- prostate. Ginseng-memory. Yew Tree- fighting certain cancers.
2. Leaves are grounded up for stomach ailments, pain relievers etc.
H. Trees give off oxygen and shade. Also consider their ages.
1. One acre of healthy trees, can give 18 people for one year.
2. They clean the air of carbon dioxides, and other pollutants.
3. Most of the planets oxygen supply come from the canopy of trees (with all of its different types) found in the Brazilian rain forest.
4. Trees protect man from damaging rays of the sun.
5. Age. The Giant Sequoia Redwood grow to 300 ft. Some can live up to 3500 years. Sierra Nevada, California. Others- few years.
A. Like trees, there are literally hundreds of different kinds, each one with its own purpose, after its own kind, given from God for man.
1. Agriculture. You plant Tomato…Corn….Squash….after its own kind
2. Nutrients, vitamins, roughage, taste, appealing looks.
1. The beauty and smell of the rose. Blossoms of different shapes.
2. Enjoyment, peaceful, stirring the mind to consider the differences and complexities of each flower, each plant, and yet hoping to understand and accept that all is from our Divine Architect!
D. Medicines. Here are but a few to consider.
1. Digitoxin. Digitalis for the heart. Digitalis purpurea.
2. Morphine. Pain reliever. Papaver Somniferum.
3. L-doppa. Parkinsons. Muccina Sp.
4. Nicotine. Insecticide. Derived from several plant species.
5. Quinine. Anti malaria. Also certain heart maladies. 100 years ago.
6. Ephedrine. Antihistamine. Ephphredan sinica.
7. Codeine. Pain and cough. Papaver.
8. Benzyl benzoate. Scabicide. Asthma and whooping coughs. Insecticides. Sealicide.
9. Consider plant medicines for our pets.
1. Adam and Eve made aprons from fig leaves. Genesis 3: 7.
2. Cotton plant. Consider all the clothing products from the cotton plant alone, that we wear or have worn.
1. This study along with all the others we have examined in this series of lessons, have all shown without any doubt that God Is.
2. No ridiculous theories can ever explain away the complexities of all that we can see, touch, smell, taste, read and hear.
3. “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God” Psalm 14:1.
Seeing God In A Watermelon
Once when I was going to Columbus, Ohio, I stopped to eat in a restaurant and ordered a slice of watermelon. I took the seeds home with me to plant in my garden.
That night a thought came to my mind. How many watermelon seeds would it take to make a pound? The next day I weighed them and found that it would take about 5,000 dried seeds.
A few weeks later I planted just one of those little seed. Under the influence of sunshine and shower, that little seed had taken off its coat and gone to work. It had gathered from somewhere two hundred thousand times its own weight and forced enormous weight through a tiny stem and built a watermelon. On the outside it has a covering of green and within that a rind of white and within that a core of red, and then it had scattered through the red many little seeds, each one capable of doing the same work over again.
What architect drew the plan? Where did the little watermelon seed get its strength? Where did it find its flavoring extract, and its coloring matter? How did it build a watermelon?
Until you can explain the watermelon, do not be too sure that you can set limits to the power of the Almighty God. The most learned man in the world cannot explain the watermelon, but the most ignorant man can eat a watermelon and enjoy it. God has given us the knowledge necessary to use these things, and the truth that He has revealed to us is infinitely more important for our welfare that it would be to understand the mysteries that He has seen fit to conceal from our faltering view. –William Jennings Bryan