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Rivers and Trees

by: Steven Bouma-Prediger

The Bible begins and ends with rivers and trees. Have you noticed? The Bible begins (Genesis 1-2) and ends (Revelation 21-22) with rivers and trees.

Way back in Genesis we were told a tale of two trees. Now in Revelation we find one of those trees smack dab in the center of the renewed and perfected heaven-on-earth. In the middle of this garden-city is the tree of life, with twelve kinds of fruit, food for each month. In God’s good future, there always is something to eat, no one goes hungry, all are fed.

And the leaves of this great tree are for the healing of the nations. No more trees used as weapons to kill or destroy. This tree is for the reconciliation of all peoples. This tree is for the flourishing of life. In this city stands a tree and flows a river so that all things are nourished, so that all things are the way they are supposed to be, so that shalom may be fully realized.