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The world’s oldest known living tree is a spruce tree in Sweden. It is 9,550 years old. It keeps living because it clones itself. As soon as one-stem dies, another one grows from the same root. Researchers say they know of other trees that live up to 5,000 years. It’s no wonder God uses trees to teach us some spiritual lessons. We read this in Psalm 1: “Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly. For the LORD watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.” God’s word urges us to establish and maintain a relationship with Him, which is possible because His Son, Jesus Christ died on the cross. Those who accept Him not only have productive lives here, they will enjoy eternal life beyond the grave.

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