ALL of God’s creations were created with purpose:
- Trees (and other creations of God) provide the oxygen we need to survive on earth—and while they’re accomplishing this, they also consume the deadly air we exhale.
- Trees provide us with food as well as many other products. From trees we harvest fruit, nuts, sugar, syrup, medicines, oils, fuel for heating and cooking our food, wood for making musical instruments, lumber for our homes, our furniture, and boats and tools.
- Trees also provide the ingredient we need to make paper, books, pencils, and comfort from the elements (shade & windbreaks). Trees add considerable interest (and value) to any landscape.
- Trees provide shelter and food for animals.
- Trees announce the seasons of the year.
Could we exist without trees?
- Trees cleanse the air we breathe by removing and absorbing contaminated air. The leaves produce oxygen while consuming carbon dioxide (the opposite of humans and animals).
- When trees die and decay, the soil around the tree is restored and improved greatly. Over an extremenly long period of time, decayed trees can become coal. “Coal is made up of wood, roots, stems, leaves, plants and other organic materials.” “A similar substance made from wood by heating it in an airless space is called charcoal.”
- Trees aid in the prevention of soil erosion–their roots help hold the soil in place, and the shade from the tree helps the soil around the tree (it does not dry out as quickly between rains). The canopies of trees reduce the force of driving rains and help to control massive run-offs of rainwater.
- Homes shaded by trees require less energy to cool.
- Trees provide shelter and food for a great variety of animals.
- Trees provide support for our railways.
- It has been said that ‘one tree provides enough oxygen to sustain two people.’
- Trees help dampen noise when placed in strategic locations.
- Trees help reduce Ozone levels.
Trees are essential to life!
- Tallest Living Tree: (In America) Hyperion (coast redwood), 380.3 feet in height, Redwood National Park, California.
- The Most Massive Tree: (In America) the General Sherman, (a Giant Sequoia) is believed to be 2,300 to 2,700 years old. This 275′ tree was several hundred years old when Christ was born! The giant was named after General William Tecumseh Sherman (A famous American Civil War general) in 1879.
- Tallest Recorded Tree: A Eucalyptus, 500-plus feet, recorded in 1872 in Australia.
- Largest Tree Canopy: A Great Banyan near Kolkata, India –its canopy covers 4.6 acres!
- Oldest Living Trees: Methuselah (Bristlecone Pine), estimated 4,650 years old, California’s White Mountains. This tree was alive in *2832 BC! Wikipedia sources the age of this tree at 4,849 years old— as of 2018. Methuselah (the man) was the oldest man recorded in the Bible–he died at age 969. If the estimated age of this tree is accurate, it was on earth before and after the Great Flood…and during the life of Adam’s great-grandson, Cainan! See the timeline below.
- An older bristlecone specimen, WPN-114, aka Prometheus, was more than 4,844 (some say 5,100+) years old when cut down in 1964, with an estimated germination date of 2880 BC.
*The year 2832 BC was 484 years before the Great Flood (2348 BC)
Genesis 2: 9 9a And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight;
God spoke trees into existence!
Genesis 1: 9-12 9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. 11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Clark’s Commentary: “Let the earth bring forth grass – herb – fruit-tree, etc. – In these general expressions all kinds of vegetable productions are included. Fruit-tree is not to be understood here in the restricted sense in which the term is used among us; it signifies all trees, not only those which bear fruit, which may be applied to the use of men and cattle, but also those which had the power of propagating themselves by seeds, etc.
Now as God delights to manifest himself in the little as well as in the great, he has shown his consummate wisdom in every part of the vegetable creation. Who can account for, or comprehend, the structure of a single tree or plant? The roots, the stem, the woody fibres, the bark, the rind, the air-vessels, the sap-vessels, the leaves, the flowers, and the fruits, are so many mysteries.
All the skill, wisdom, and power of men and angels could not produce a single grain of wheat: A serious and reflecting mind can see the grandeur of God, not only in the immense cedars on Lebanon, but also in the endlessly varied forests that appear through the microscope in the mould of cheese, stale paste, etc., etc.”
Specific trees mentioned in the Bible:
Isaiah 41:19 19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together:
Only God could create trees! He purposely created them (before He created Man) to provide for the basic needs of our survival and comfort.