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Tree/Stump Regeneration

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Ephesians 2:10 ESV
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

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Isaiah 11:1–10 ESV
1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, 4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 5 Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins. 6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. 9 They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. 10 In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.
Isaiah 9:6 ESV
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6–7 ESV
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
Isaiah
Sermon: Tree/Stump Regeneration
Isaiah 9:11–12 ESV
11 But the Lord raises the adversaries of Rezin against him, and stirs up his enemies. 12 The Syrians on the east and the Philistines on the west devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger has not turned away, and his hand is stretched out still.
ARTICLE I: By: Brian Barth works in the fields of landscape architecture and urban planning and is co-founder of Urban Agriculture, Inc., an Atlanta-based design firm where he is head environmental consultant. He holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Planning and Design from the University of Georgia. His blog, Food for Thought, explores the themes of land use, urban agriculture, and environmental literacy.
Stump sprouting is a natural mechanism for plant regeneration. It allows a forest to return after a fire and prevents the death of saplings after they have been browsed by deer. A root system stores some of the energy produced in photosynthesis and directs it into new growth from the stump...
A tree that has a single trunk makes numerous sprouts after it has been cut so only a stump remains. If the sprouts are allowed to grow, a multitrunked tree develops over time, with the long limbs growing at an angle to the stump. Those new trunks are prone to storm damage, often cracking at their connection to the stump. Repeated cutting worsens the problem. All new foliage generates energy that is stored in the roots, which is why some stumps seem to sprout indefinitely. The root crown gets bigger every year in a tree or shrub managed this way, making digging out the stump more difficult that it would be otherwise.
If all new growth is removed as soon as it emerges from a stump, the energy reserves in the root system become exhausted and the plant dies.
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/can-stumps-grow-back-90467.html
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/can-stumps-grow-back-90467.html
ARTICLE II: University of California: prepared and edited by John M. Harper and Richard B. Standiford; written by: Douglas D. McCreary Natural Resource Specialist, U.C. Sierra Foothill Range Field Station
Douglas D. McCreary Natural Resource Specialist, U.C. Sierra Foothill Range Field Station
Several recent inventories of California oaks have indicated that for several native species there is insufficient natural regeneration. That is, there are not enough young seedlings becoming established to take the place of older trees that will eventually die. One of the species reported to have this regeneration problem is Quercus douglasii, commonly called blue oak. This species grows in vast ranges in the foothills surrounding the central basin of California. While the amount of natural regeneration of blue oak is highly variable and is greatly influenced by specific site factors, the recognition that there are areas where few young seedlings are starting to grow has prompted studies to test alternative seeding and planting techniques. These studies have revealed how difficult it is to establish blue oak seedlings and have shown that there is a wide variety of pests that damage acorns and young plants. Grazing from wild and domestic animals often prevents seedlings from developing into saplings. Predation of planted acorns and young shoots by rodents and birds can wipe out entire planted areas. And competition from grasses and forbs can severely limit soil moisture and result in seedlings mortality from drought.
While there is an obvious need to develop successful artificial regeneration techniques so that blue oaks can be re-established on lands where they have been eliminated, an alternative management approach in areas where they are currently growing is to incorporate a system of partial harvesting, with sprouting from cut stumps as a means of establishing new trees. From a regeneration standpoint, sprouting has several potential advantages over artificial regeneration.
First, since no acorns are involved, there is less risk of damage from insects, rodents or birds.
Second, since the root systems of established trees are massive in comparison to those of planted seeds or seedlings, they have a greater ability to tap soil moisture and maintain a more favorable water balance during the hot, dry summers characteristic of the blue oak region.
And finally, the initial growth rate of sprouts should be greater than that of planted seedlings since stored carbohydrates in the roots provide an abundant food reserve unavailable to small seedlings.A rapid initial growth rate may be critical to successful establishment since it should allow plants to grow above the level where they are susceptible to clipping or repeated browsing.
http://ucanr.edu/sites/oak_range/Oak_Articles_On_Line/Oak_Regeneration_Restoration/Stump_Sprouting__An_Alternative_Regeneration_Approach/
Isaiah 6:11–13 ESV
11 Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, 12 and the Lord removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. 13 And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump.
Isaiah 6:11–13 ESV
11 Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, 12 and the Lord removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. 13 And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump.
Isaiah 6:13 ESV
13 And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump.
Talking Points:
the image of the stump is introduced
In the outline of Isaiah, chapters 1-12 are dealing with the Lord as the Holy One of Israel. We saw this by looking at His names Lord/Adoni= Sovereign and LORD/YAWH= Holy.
In chapter 6 we have the Prophetic call and Revelation of God’s Holiness
God is set apart and He is setting apart a people for Himself.
Israel - is rebelling against God, meaning those called to be set apart are not living set apart, they are not in recognition or Holy submission at this time to the sovereign and Holy Lord God Almighty.
As a result, serious pruning must take place that life be saved…enter the terebinth or oak which has fallen and only a stump remains.
Word’s Defined
Stump
matstsebeth - pillar, stump, substance
matstsebeth - pillar, stump, substance
This word is used to reference a monument, a personal memorial at an altar or a stump.
I see both usages adding to the depth of our understanding. Obviously given the context it is a stump of a tree, but also given the context that stump remains as a memorial, as a reminder of the sovereignty and holiness of God.
It is also important to note the meaning, “substance” within this word. The KJV actually uses the word “substance” in its translation. Substance is that which is real. It is the life or that which is needed in the existence of something. Thus, here we read, that though the tree has been cut down, it’s “substance” (the real, true life) remains and that “substance” (the real, true life) is the holy seed. (that which is the line of and leading to Christ)
Seed
zera` - Seed, Sowing, Offspring
This is the substance needed to produce life.
Their remains life, and a life producing quality within the stump.
When this word is used in the moral sense (figuratively) it speaks of or represents a practitioner of righteousness.
Isaiah 11:1 ESV
1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
Isaiah
Talking Points
Remembering that the stump is the “holy seed” let us now look at
The stump which was referred to as the “holy seed” is now referenced as the “stump of Jesse”.
Jesse. The father of David ()
David inaugurated a great kingdom, but the greater David (Jesus) now only a tender plant will rule a greater kingdom.
The seed here has produced a shoot and a branch from it’s root which shall bear fruit.
A shoot is a young branch and branch is a Messianic title for Jesus, who yields spiritual fruit.
David (the son of Jesse) inaugurated a great kingdom, but the greater David (Jesus) now only a tender plant will rule a greater kingdom.
EXORTATION:
There is a life that you have perhaps worked hard to have. Like Israel you have sought hard to create a life of substance in your pleasures and idolatries and forgotten that the very substance of life is in God alone. Beloved we each begin in such a state, a state of growing in darkness, a state of needing to be rescued by God, a state of needing God’s work and plan of regeneration to take affect in us, whereby we may be uprooted from the path of sin and transplanted or born again by the Spirit of God in the regenerative work of Christ Jesus.
Regeneration -
1. Reproduction; the act of producing anew.
2. In theology, new birth by the grace of God; that change by which the will and natural enmity of man to God and his law are subdued, and a principle of supreme love to God and his law, or holy affections, are implanted in the heart.
Titus 3:5 ESV
5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
Wayne Gruden - A secret act of God in which He imparts new spiritual life to us; sometimes called “being born again.”
He saved us by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. .
He saved us by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. .
Gruden - A secret act of God in which He imparts new spiritual life to us; sometimes called “being born again.”
A. It is totally a work of God. Though in conversion, sanctification and perseverance we are given by God an opportunity to play an active part, regeneration is a total work of God. We are born of God, not of human will or effort.
John 1:13 ESV
13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
This passivness on our part in the work of regeneration is further driven home when it is spoken of as being “born again.”
James 1:18 ESV
18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
1 Peter 1:3 ESV
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
John 3:3–8 ESV
3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
This work of regeneration is testified to:
by nature
Prophesy concerning Christ: Isaiah
Prophesy concerning our new heart: Ezekiel
Ezekiel 36:26–27 ESV
26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
Regeneration is a work of the Holy Spirit, but in describing the process or rather the indescriblness of the prossess, Jay Gruden states:
Sometimes the term irresistible grace is used in this connection. It refers to the fact that God effectively calls people and also gives the regeneration, and both actions guarantee that we will respond in saving faith. The term irresistible grace is subject to misunderstanding, however, since it seems to imply that people do not make a voluntary, willing choice in responding to the gospel - a wrong idea, and a wrong understanding of the term irresistible grace. The term does preserve something valuable, however, because it indicates that God’s work reaches into our hearts to bring about a response that is absolutely certain - even though we respond voluntarily.
Exactly what happens in regeneration is mysterious to us. We know that somehow we who were spiritually dead () have been made alive to God and in a very real sense we have been “born again”. But we don’t understand how this happens or what exactly God does to us to give us this new spiritual life. Jesus says, “The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit” ()
Friends for the longest time we have been reading repeatedly in scripture “fear God”. We have looked at His Sovereignty , Holiness, Wisdom, Love, Long Suffering. This morning however we look at His work of regeneration. The act of producing anew. That new work of God is in place, the new tree, the work of Christ is growing, but are you amongst the regenerate? Let me use to refrase this question and help us see better an answer.
John 3:8 ESV
8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Have you heard the sound of the wind? Do you display the effects of regeneration (effectual calling)?
Regeneration is totally a Work of God
are you reliant upon God, do you recognize His soveriegn work in your life?
The exact nature of regeneration is mysterious to us
This awakening can come before “saving faith”
Have you placed your faith in God and recognize that the very ability to do this displays His work (His Spirits work) upon you.
Genuine regeneration brings results in life.
Has your life changed?
1 John 2:29 ESV
29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.
1 John 5:3 ESV
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.
1 John 5:4 ESV
4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
When we see this then we begin to see just how we are God’s handiwork - His cultivating work, that has been predestined that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 ESV
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Simply put are you trusting in and abiding in what He is growing and the fruit that He is producing. Are you of the “Holy Seed” is your substance, your existence, your life in Him? Do you know the victory of true faith, of “saving faith”?
Hear the Spirit of God say that today is the day of salvation, that today is the day to trust fully in the work of Christ, and in trusting in that work of Christ, and that new and better Kingdom let the spirit and the bride say Amen, Come Lord Jesus, Come Quickly.
Ephesians 2:10 ESV
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
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