When looking at the life cycle of a tree, first we see that it forms a circle. The seed grows into a tree that blooms, blossoms and produces fruit. The fruit has a seed that falls to the ground and starts the cycle all over again.
This same pattern applies for the timeline of the world. It is cyclical and not linear.
Ecc 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done; and there is nothing chadash under the shemesh.
It’s about restoration, bringing things back to the way they were before. The plan is about restoring man to where he was in the beginning, an intimate relationship to YHVH.
A tree begins with a seed. Everything about the tree is already contained within the seed: roots, leaves, trunk, and branches.
In order for the tree to survive, it needs for things. The four basic elements that a tree needs to survive are soil, water, air, and fire (sun).
Throughout Torah, we see that man is likened to a tree.
Deuteronomy 20:19 “When, in making war against a town in order to capture it, you lay siege to it for a long time, you are not to destroy its trees, cutting them down with an axe. You can eat their fruit, so don’t cut them down. After all, are the trees in the field human beings, so that you have to besiege them too?
Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man who trusts in YHVH; YHVH will be his security. 8 He will be like a tree planted near water; it spreads out its roots by the river; it does not notice when heat comes; and its foliage is luxuriant; it is not anxious in a year of drought but keeps on yielding fruit.
Psalm 1:1 How blessed are those who reject the advice of the wicked, don’t stand on the way of sinners or sit where scoffers sit! 2 Their delight is in YHVH’s Torah; on his Torah they meditate day and night. 3 They are like trees planted by streams- they bear their fruit in season, their leaves never wither, everything they do succeeds.
Isa 65:22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat; for as the days of HaEtz are the days of Ami, and Mine Bechir shall long enjoy the ma’aseh of their hands.
For the days of the tree are the days of my people. Our days are likened to the days of a tree.
So, let’s begin to look further at the days of a tree. Human beings also require the same basic elements. Let’s examine these, one at a time:
A tree needs to be planted firmly in the earth. The soil is not only the source through which nourishment is absorbed, but also provides room for the roots to grow. They need a firm foundation.
Luke 6:47 Everyone who comes to me, hears my words and acts on them- I will show you what he is like: 48 he is like someone building a house who dug deep and laid the foundation on bedrock. When a flood came, the torrent beat against that house but couldn’t shake it, because it was constructed well. 49 And whoever hears my words but doesn’t act on them is like someone who built his house on the ground without any foundation. As soon as the river struck it, it collapsed and that house became a horrendous wreck!”
Likewise, man needs a firm foundation on Yahshuah and His Torah. The Torah provides the supportive growth needed. It gives the nutrients needed.
Water is absorbed into the ground and through an elaborate system of roots. The water is then carried throughout the trunk, branches and leaves of the tree.
Deuteronomy 32:2 May my teaching fall like rain. May my speech condense like dew, like light rain on blades of grass, or showers on growing plants.
The Torah is compared to water. Rain comes from hashamayim/the heavens. The Torah also flows down from heaven.
Without water, the tree will wither and die. Similarly, a person can only go three days without water. A person who is deprived of water will become dehydrated and disoriented. Many times, they will become so disoriented that they will not even recognize their own family or father. So too, without Torah, a person becomes disoriented to the extent they may not even recognize their Father in Heaven, YHVH.
A tree needs air to survive. The air contains oxygen that a tree needs for respiration, and carbon dioxide for photosynthesis.
Genesis 2:7 Then YHVH, God, formed a person from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, so that he became a living being.
Elohim gave man air/breath in order to live. In man, our breathing is our respiration.
A tree also needs fire/sunlight in order to survive. The energy from the sun activates the process of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is essential for the growth and health of the tree.
Man also need fire/warmth/light in order to survive.
Jeremiah 23:29 “Isn’t my word like fire,” asks ADONAI, “like a hammer shattering rocks?
Ps 119:105 Thy word is a ner unto my feet, ohr unto my path.
So, what lessons can we learn from the picture of a tree? Here are four main lessons we can take away from a tree.
1)Trees almost always have a positive influence on their environment. They give shade, fruit, wood, shelter to birds and animals, aerate the soil, prevent erosion, insulate against noise, and more. Trees are therefore givers, and in our lives, we should be givers.
2) The deeper and wider a tree’s roots penetrate and spread, the more vitality it has. The tree is more anchored and steadfast. Similarly, the deeper a person is connected to the roots of their faith, the more vitality they have and more steadfast. They will not be tossed about by every wind of doctrine.
3) When a tree has a disease, the solution is to severely prune its limbs, so that the tree will renew itself by sprouting healthy limbs. Likewise, we must constantly look inward and assess for diseases in our character and prune ourselves.
4) Trees never despair. If they’re chopped down and even the slightest roots remain, they’ll sprout anew. As such, we never need to despair. As long as we cling to our roots and faith – no matter what tragedy befalls us – we always sprout anew.
Looking a little further at the zera/seed. We know from scripture that the zera is also a picture of the Word.
Luke 8:4 After a large crowd had gathered from the people who kept coming to him from town after town, Yeshua told this parable: 5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he sowed, some fell along the path and was stepped on, and the birds flying around ate it up. 6 Some fell on rock; and after it sprouted, it dried up from lack of moisture. 7 Some fell in the midst of thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8 But some fell into rich soil, and grew, and produced a hundred times as much as had been sown.” After saying this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear with, let him hear!” 9 His talmidim asked him what this parable might mean, 10 and he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the Kingdom of God; but the rest are taught in parables, so that they may look but not see, and listen but not understand. 11 “The parable is this: the seed is God’s message.
Remember back in the garden, there were two trees named: tree of life and tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Mat 15:13 But He answering, said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted shall be uprooted.
By looking at this verse in Matthew, we can infer that there are some plants that are not planted by YHVH. For most people, this is a new concept. Aren’t all trees planted by YHVH?
The tree of knowledge of good and evil had mixed fruit. So who planted this seed? HaSatan. The True Word was planted by YHVH and was the tree of life.The tree of knowledge of good and evil is a picture of the Word of God that is mixed.
In the garden, Adam was perfect. YHVH took the soil and breathed life into Adam. His life was sustained from eating of the tree of life. Yet, they were kicked out of the garden. While in the galut/exile, their life was also sustained by the tree of life.
Deu 30:15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, and death and evil, 16 in that I am commanding you today to love יהוה your Elohim, to walk in His ways, and to guard His commands, and His laws, and His right-rulings. And you shall live and increase, and יהוה your Elohim shall bless you in the land which you go to possess. 17 “But if your heart turns away and you do not obey, and shall be drawn away, and shall bow down to other mighty ones and serve them, 18 “I have declared to you today that you shall certainly perish, you shall not prolong your days in the land which you are passing over the Yardĕn to enter and possess. 19 “I have called the heavens and the earth as witnesses today against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse.”
Therefore you shall choose life, so that you live, both you and your seed, Torah is a tree of life to follow. Again it is about the restoration. In the garden, there was the tree of life. In the galut/exile and olam hazeh/this world, the Torah is a tree of life. In the end in Revelation, there is the tree of life.
We are sustained by a tree of life from the very beginning of our life. Now let’s look at a few pictures. Let’s go back to the very beginning: Adam and Chavah.
Gen 2:23 And the adam said, This is now etzem of my etzem, and basar of my basar; she shall be called Isha, because she was taken out of Ish.
The Hebrew word for tree is etz. The parent root (two letter root) is ayin and tzadee from which a couple of other words are derived. The verb atzam means strong or mighty, as in a tree. Also, the noun etzem which means bones comes from this same parent root.
So, we can see that man is truly a picture of a tree and his bones are from the same parent root.
Eze 37:15 The Devar YHVH came again unto me, saying, 16 Moreover, thou ben adam, take thee Etz Echad, and write upon it, For Yehudah, and for the Bnei Yisroel his chaverim; then take another Etz Echad, and write upon it, For Yosef, the Etz Ephrayim and for kol Bais Yisroel his chaverim; 17 And join them one to another into Etz Echad; and they shall become achadim (one) in thine yad.18 And when the Bnei Amecha speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not show us what thou meanest by these? 19 Say unto them, Thus saith Adonoi YHVH: Hinei, I will take the Etz Yosef, which is in the Yad Ephrayim, and the Shivtei Yisroel his chaverim, and will put them with him, even with the Etz Yehudah, and make them Etz Echad, and they shall be Echad in Mine Yad. 20 And the Etzim whereon thou writest shall be in thine yad before their eyes.
One thing that is interesting is the following: etz is a tree. To write a plural in Hebrew you usually add im or ot to the word. However to write the plural for trees, you actually have to write kol etz meaning all the tree. You do not write etzim. Notice here that the two sticks are etzim/bones and they become one etz/tree.
Eze 37:1 The Yad YHVH was upon me, and carried me out in the Ruach [Hakodesh] of YHVH, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of atzmot, 2 And caused me to pass by them round about; and, hinei, there were rabbot me’od in the open valley; and, hinei, they were very dry. 3 And He said unto me, Ben Adam, can these atzmot live? And I answered, Adonoi YHVH, Thou knowest.4 Again He said unto me, Prophesy upon these atzmot, and say unto them, O ye atzmot hayeveshot, hear the Devar YHVH. 5 Thus saith Adonoi YHVH unto these atzmot: Hinei, I will cause ruach to enter into you, and ye shall live; 6 And I will lay gidim (sinews, tendons) upon you, and will bring up basar upon you, and cover you with ohr (skin), and put ruach in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall have da’as that I am YHVH. 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and hinei a rattling, and the atzmot came together, etzem to its etzem. 8 And when I beheld, hinei, the gidim and the basar came up upon them, and the ohr covered them above; but there was no ruach in them. 9 Then said He unto me, Prophesy unto the ruach; prophesy, Ben Adam, and say to the ruach, Thus saith Adonoi YHVH: Come from the arba ruchot, O ruach, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. 10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the ruach came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their raglayim, a chayil gadol me’od me’od. 11 Then He said unto me, Ben Adam, these atzmot are the kol Bais Yisroel. Hinei, they say, Our atzmot are dried up, and tikvateinu (our hope) is gone; nigzarnu lanu (we are cut off). 12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith Adonoi YHVH: Hinei, O My people, I will open your keverot, and cause you to come up out of your keverot, and bring you into Admat Yisroel (the Land of Israel). 13 And ye shall know that I am YHVH, when I have opened your keverot, O My people, and brought you up out of your keverot, 14 And shall put My Ruach in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land; then shall ye know that I YHVH have spoken it, and performed it, saith YHVH.
Adam and Chavah were commanded to multiply and have children. Even in the making of a child, we can see a picture of a tree.
The semen is the seed as seen in the story of Onan and his brother’s wife.
Genesis 38:9 However, Onan knew that the child would not count as his; so whenever he had intercourse with his brother’s wife, he spilled the semen on the ground, so as not to give his brother offspring.
The female’s egg is the fruit/pri.
Deuteronomy 7:13 He will love you, bless you and increase your numbers; he will also bless the fruit of your body and the fruit of your ground- your grain, wine, olive oil and the young of your cattle and sheep- in the land he swore to your ancestors that he would give you.
The word for the womb, where the fetus grows is called rechem.
Gen 20:18 For YHVH had fast closed up kol rechem (every womb) of the bais Avimelech, on account of Sarah Avraham’s isha.
The Hebrew root for rechem is racham. Racham means mercy, to love or have compassion.
For the seed and egg to fertilize and take hold, it depends on the mercy of YHVH. During this time, the baby is not eating on its own (of course). It gets its sustenance from the mother. However here it an interesting picture that has been revealed during these last days. The baby in the womb gets its nutrients through the placenta.
Here is a picture of a placenta after the birth of a child. As you can clearly see from the picture, even from the very beginning of our lives, we are sustained by a tree of life.
As the whole House of Yisrael, we are YHVH’s bride. We are to receive no other seed but His. This is why we have to be careful that we do not mix our worship. We don’t want to be the adulterous bride and receive another’s seed.