Bible Society of South Africa
Xanthe Hancox

The role of trees in the Bible – Day 11

The pine tree — God’s perfect home

Bible text(s)

16The cedars of Lebanon get plenty of rain —

the LORD's own trees, which he planted.

17There the birds build their nests;

the storks nest in the fir trees.

18The wild goats live in the high mountains,

and the rock-badgers hide in the cliffs.

Psalms 104:16-18GNBOpen in Bible reader

Psalm 104 is a psalm of praise — it speaks of the glory of the Lord and how he provides so perfectly for all his creation, including the stork.

In Hebrew, the stork has a name which comes from a word which signifies “holy” and “kindness” because of the wonderful way in which storks take care of their young. The exceptional parenting skills of the stork place the pine tree in Psalm 104 in a different light. For a stork looking after her chicks, only the safest tree would be good enough to turn into a home.

You might find it a little strange then, to discover that the stork was an unclean bird according to the ceremonial law (Leviticus 11:19), and the Israelites were instructed not to eat it. As Christians however, we are just like this stork in the fir tree. We are unclean by nature, but through the grace of God we are able to make our home in Christ and dwell in him by faith. In Hosea 14:8 God speaks to Israel and says, “I am like a green pine tree; your fruitfulness comes from me.”

Christ is our green pine tree, our perfect home, and in him we have all that we need.

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