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Prophesying about the people of Judah who
escaped the slaughter by enemies, Isaiah says,
“The remnant who have escaped of the house of
Judah shall again take root downward, and bear
fruit upward” (Isa 37:31). This can also mean us
who have escaped the onslaught of satan and are
a minority today. God has hopes on us that we
will once again take root and fill the earth. “In
days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud
and blossom and fill all the world with fruit” says
Isaiah (27:6). Exciting, isn't it? Let's see
something about taking root.
When we discuss an important matter, we
say, “We must get to the root of the matter.” That
says it all. The root is where you start to know
anything fully and rightly. Root is the most
important part of the tree or plant. But when we
look at a tree, we don't even think about the root.
We appreciate the foliage and clap for the
sweetness of the fruit. We never say, “The tree is
so good. It's root must be good.”Root is the
unnoticed, unappreciated part of the tree, yet the
most important. It is hidden, yet vital.
What is the origin of the root? Seed. When a
seed is planted it starts to die even as it gives birth
to the root. How does it die? It must first of all fall,
fall from the place where it is comfortably seated.
We are all wheat alright. But if we are still in the
sack, comfortable and cozy, we will be barren,
single and unproductive. Most of us love this kind
of life to be a wheat in the sack.
We must obey the Farmer, the Lord of the
harvest, and not grumble when He throws us in
the soil. As long as we are in His hands we are
warm, safe and secure and we think that the
moment will last forever. But suddenly thunder
bellows, lightning strikes, the showers come, the
season is come and it is time for us to go. The
Farmer throws us. It appears rude. The seed cries
and thinks the Farmer has decided to throw him
away and has no need of him, etc., But no, it is out
of love for the seed, the Farmer throws him. He
does not want the seed to languish in loneliness
but to multiply merrily.
The seed falls where? Not on a bed of
jasmines but on the ground, on the slushy
ground full of smelly manure. We all need to
experience this. It is good for us to fall to the
ground. We will not put out root on mosaic or
marble. We must lie on the ground, wet and lonely
on the nasty soil. Many of us are on mosaic and
marble. That's why we are not growing roots.
It is good to fall down. It humbles us. It
makes us to understand where we belong. We
belong to the ground. That is where our job lies.
We cry, we weep, “Why Lord have you cast me to
the ground?” The seed lies there weeping. The
rains come. The soil covers it and it dies, or so it
thinks. It thinks the end has come. But no, life
has just begun. It remained in solitude so far. If it
had remained in the gunny bag even for a
thousand years, it would be breathing and alive
but will never put out roots. It must die.
Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, unless a
kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it
remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it
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