I am a dry tree? ".. neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree." Isaiah 56:3
Matthew Henry's notes to add context: "Spiritual blessings are unspeakably better than having sons and daughters; for children are a care, and may prove a grief and shame, but the blessings we partake of in God's house, are comforts which cannot be made bitter."
Our Barren Women of the Bible series shows blessed women who lost all their children or didn't have any until late in life, in some cases bearing a child just to have to give him back to the Lord like Hannah gave over Samuel (Elizabeth/John the Baptist comes to mind!) Eunuchs can relate, whether born or made that way, they were also in a culture very focused on settling down and having children, and thus would have dealt with many of the same thoughts and feelings.
There is so much packed into "I am just a dry tree!" It sounds like a cry from deep within, in fact it rattles me from within just reading the phrase. Being a eunuch had so much baggage involved, but in God's grace He essentially says "No, you are not!" I imagine many of us have a similar cry, from "I'm just a barren woman!" to "I'm nothing if I can't be a mom!" We, like the eunuchs, have our token, heart tearing cries. And we hurt ourselves with them.
"Neither" say that. Whatever that cry is!
He promises to the eunuchs who serve Him, "Even to them will I give in my house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off." Isaiah 56:5
He has similar promises, many more so, throughout His word for faithful believers. Whether it's an inner voice dragging you down, or someone else's voice, God has urged us to stop with this "I'm a dry tree.." nonsense. How soul crushing it is to repeat and believe something so miserable. Instead He wants us to embrace Him and serving in His kingdom, and tells us we will be blessed WELL BEYOND what could have been, had we "just" had children and made them our focus in life. YOU ARE NOT A DRY TREE.
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