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Topic: Rejection (11/15/04)
TITLE: Withering Heights
By Diane Johnson
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Well, all I can say is that it's about time something happened out here. Oh, I know I have memories of stories passed down from my ancestors generations ago. I especially love the one about my relatives in Genesis having their leaves sewn together as clothing for -- what was their names? Oh yes, Adam and Eve. Who would think that fig leaves would make the first fashion statement ever! Then Deuteronomy mentions us in the Promise Land "For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey." In Micah we are likened to as peace, "Each of them will sit under his vine and under his fig tree, with no one to make them afraid, for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken." Why in II Kings it says that we even had the ability to heal, "Then Isaiah said, "Take a cake of figs." And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered." Of course, we are a great mainstay for one's diet as mentioned in 1 Samuel, "They gave him a piece of fig cake and two clusters of raisins, and he ate; then his spirit revived. For he had not eaten bread or drunk water for three days and three nights."
Ah, those were the days. But I'm in the here and now, and finally something big is happening. Usually all I ever hear about is the Mount of Olives, the Mount of Olives, the Mount of Olives…from stinking Bethany. Blah, blah, blah. But see, he is coming towards ME! How impressed he will be when he sees how many leaves I have. Wait until the others hear about this! Ha! I feel the beginning of envy gathering right around the corner! Why the others will just die when they hear about this!
"Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it except leaves only; and He said to it, "No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you." And at once the fig tree withered." (Matthew 21:19)
Rejection from Christ, leads to withering heights.