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Day 9: An Axe to the Root
by From the Pastor's Desk on April 19th, 2013

Day 9: Axes and Trees

Matthew 3:9 And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. 10 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 

There is no more sobering proof, no more greater evidence of the great mercy of God than the great truth that it offsets His great judgment. God is both a God of judgment and of mercy. The way that is made plain to us is that the God of judgment came in flesh and took all of His own judgment upon Himself as a substitutionary sacrifice.  His judgment is real. Judgment is still a part of His character. If God is offering mercy, why would you settle for His wrath? If you reject His mercy and love, His judgment is the only thing that is left for us.

This parable is about God’s impending judgment upon people who have no faith in Him, but have faith in their culture and in there laws. Their hearts had grown cold for the God that they claimed, but they loved God’s law more than they loved God’s person. For this reason, John the Baptist tells this group of ultra religious people that “the axe is laid to the root of the trees.” Unlike the hammer or the drill or screwdriver, the axe is not a tool of construction. It is a tool for demolition, for destruction. In whose hands does this axe rest in? It is not John the Baptist. Is it not God?

The instruction here is for people to bring forth fruit. Just like the useless vine in Ezekiel 15, God wants what He has invested life into to bring for life and fruit. Fruit is results. God is has an expected end. He has a result in mind that He provides for, but we must comply with His will. If not, the tree is going to be cut down and thrown in the fire. It may or may not happen in this life, but without the mercy and grace of God applied to our lives according to the truth of scripture, it will happen after this life.

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