2020 – FRIDAY 14 FEBRUARY
WHEN JOY IS LOST
There is a progression of decline in people who lose the joy of their salvation.
The vine has dried up,
And the fig tree has withered;
The pomegranate tree,
The palm tree also,
And the apple tree—
All the trees of the field are withered;
Surely joy has withered away from the sons of men.
THE VINE – OUR NEW WINE FAILS FIRST
But the vine said to them,
‘Should I cease my new wine,
Which cheers both God and men,
And go to sway over trees?
THE FIG TREE – OUR SWEET FRUIT WITHERS
But the fig tree said to them,
‘Should I cease my sweetness and my good fruit, and go to sway over trees?
THE POMEGRANATE TREE – OIR BEAUTY IS HIDDEN BEHIND MASKS
Song of Solomon 6:7
Like a piece of pomegranate
Are your temples behind your veil.
THE PALM TREE – THE TEMPLE OF GOD IS IGNORED
And it was made with cherubim and palm trees, a palm tree between cherub and cherub
THE APPLE TREE – OUR FIRST LOVE IS LOST
Song of Solomon 2:3
Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods,
So is my beloved among the sons.
I sat down in his shade with great delight,
And his fruit was sweet to my taste.
THE TREES OF THE FIELD – OUR OBEDIENCE IS GONE
If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them, then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
THEREFORE WITH JOY…