Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide


June 26

"Whose son art thou ..."  1 Samuel 17:58


"... trees, like families, bear a remarkable resemblance to their root."


Do you work hard to appear chameleon in your circles, blending into to almost any crowd?  David wasn't like that!  "I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after MINE own heart ..."  He lived out his Heavenly pedigree in such a way, that the harp he played out on those Judean hillsides strummed the very heart strings of GOD. 

"... as certain also of your own poets have said, for we are also HIS offspring."  In the creational sense, this is true; but in the pro-creational sense, we could not be more bastard regarding any lineage from the LORD (cf. Hebrews 12:8).  Man's original family tree grew branchless, straight, and tall; but once we defiantly pollinated with the "knowledge of good and evil", our mighty oak became a willow of sin, of which GOD has been lopping off branches ever since.  "WHO HIS OWN SELF bare our sins in HIS OWN body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by WHOSE stripes ye were healed."  Only by humbly considering the living timbers, which were the instrument  of HIS death, is there any hope of redeeming the ancestry of our genesis.  "... if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for GOD is able to graff them in again."

At the end of the day, endless genealogies will end in just two.  Have you been "graffed" into the "tree of life"; or do your roots run yet to the forbidden tree of the garden and stop there?  It need not be a mystery, for trees, like families, bear a remarkable resemblance to their root.  "Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."

Are you an anomaly to humanity?  "And the king said, Inquire thou whose son the stripling is." ...an astonishment to the unregenerate who observe your life?

"But as many as received HIM, to them gave HE power to become the sons of GOD, even to them that believe on HIS NAME:"

For Love of Country
Provincial Congress of Massachusetts (1774)
"Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual ... Continue steadfast, and with a proper sense of your dependence on GOD, nobly defend those rights which Heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us."

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