Palm Trees (Part 2) by Pastor Carl W. Mann, II

Psalm 92:12 (KJV) “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” 

There had to be something about the “palm tree” that God wants us to ponder and present characteristics that can be found in the “palm tree.”

I discovered 7 interesting characteristics of “palm trees…”

  1. Palm trees resist the effects of external conflict.

There is something very phenomenal about a palm tree – no amount of weight or violence can make it grow downwards or crooked!  When the Holy Spirit inspired the Psalmist to write, “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree,” He was stating that no amount of external conflicts will be able to cause the righteous to move “downward” or compromise their integrity.

Jesus warned His Disciples…

John 16:1-4 (KJV) These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you” (Emphasis Mine).

Believers who are truly rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ will not bend or bow amid the onslaught of conflict.  Like the palm tree, they seem to have an “inner strength” that sustains them through the conflict.  Jesus spoke of this “inner strength,” John 16:7-15 (KJV)Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you” (Emphasis Mine).

If you look closely, you will be able to recognize the righteous who have “weathered” external conflicts; for, some bear literal scars, while others bear the outward strength that evidences their determination.  Such is the way of the “Palm Tree!”  Palm trees have rough bark and outward “scars” (marks).  The rougher the bark is, and the more marks that are present, bear witness to the extremity of the external storms the tree survived.

Consider this, the righteous may say, Galatians 2:20 (KJV) “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

I discovered 7 interesting characteristics of “palm trees…”

  1. Palm trees strive to grow upward.

2 Peter 3:18 (KJV) But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen” (Emphasis Mine).

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Palm trees seem to have the determination to grow in an upward direction despite all external circumstances.  So, it is with the righteous!

Many believers can quote 2 Peter 3:18; but, do we truly appreciate what Peter was saying? The “key” to understanding this Scripture is found in the word, “But.”  This word is presented as a contrast, or counter, to the previous statement, 2 Peter 3:17 (KJV) “Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness(Emphasis Mine).

There were teachers in the early church who were twisting Scripture from “within” the church to lead them away into their heresy.  This would cause them to move “downward” into those beliefs and practices that better suited their own agendas, appointments, and approval.  Peter was exhorting the church to do just the opposite!  They were to continue their “upward” direction and disposition.

The righteous, like “Palm Trees,” strive to grow upward despite the adverse, downward pressure that they experience.  They seem to exhibit an “upward attraction…”

Colossians 3:1-2 (KJV) “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Emphasis Mine).