The Bramble Bush King
“The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us. But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honor God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees? And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, and reign over us. But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees? Then said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over us. And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees? Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us. And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon. Now therefore, if ye have done truly and sincerely, in that ye have made Abimelech king…” – (Jud.9:8-16).
“For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes” – (Luke 6:43,44).
In (Jud.9) we have the story of Abimelech, the sinful, proud and wicked illegitimate son of Gideon and his maid servant. Abimelech is very ambitious. He heard about the nation wanting Gideon to become their king and since he is a son of Gideon he wants to become king. Even his name Abimelech carries royalty in it. It was a royal title given to the Philistine kings – (see Gen.20-21-26). It was the title of a Gentile king.
The first thing he did was to murder 70 of his brothers – only Jotham escaped and it was he who preached the parable of the king trees. We see Abimelech’s sin of pride in lusting after political power and what beasts it will turn men into. He is a type of the Beast, the Antichrist, the final world emperor who murders everyone in the world who refuses to worship him – “And cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” – (Rev.13:15). Antichrist will cause the whole world to burn in a fiery Armageddon.
While we rightly call Saul the first king of Israel, Abimelech was the first Israelite to bear the title of King. His royalty was probably not recognized beyond the limits of one tribe – Ephraim.
Abimelech’s coronation shows the truth of (Dan.4:17) “The most High ruleth in the kingdom of men and giveth it to whomsoever he will and setteth up over it the basest of men.” Even today when a good ruler is in office, people say, God raised him up. Well what about the wicked ruler? Well God raises him to the throne also. The principle is – people get the ruler they deserve. The people in Ephraim wanted this man to rule over them and they got the caliber of man they deserved. They got the Bramble Bush and not the olive tree or the fig tree or the vine. These trees that produce good fruit turned the promotion down but the little, proud bramble bush jumped at the chance. The tree that bore the wicked fruit of thorns was chosen and promoted to the throne. The people of Ephraim became wicked and so they desired a wicked King and God gave them their just desserts.
The bramble bush is a worthless plant, not to be numbered among the trees, useless and fruitless, hurtful and scratching and tearing with his thorns. It began with the curse and its end is to be burned. The Lord Jesus used the bramble bush as the type of wicked tree bringing forth evil and corrupt fruit. He was speaking of people – trees and was warning us to judge a tree by his fruit. “For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes” – (Luke 6:44). Israel knew Abimelech’s fruit and yet they made him King, yea, were complicit with him in his wickedness. They chose the bramble bush with thorns and they got burnt. “But that which beareth thorns and briars is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing: whose end is to be burned” – (Heb.6:8). And so the bramble thorn bush went about burning up the land and thousands were killed and civil war broke out. Abimelech is our bible example of a corrupt tree bringing forth evil fruit – a bramble thorn bush fit only to burn. The bramble bush was also a terrorist and burned up two towers.
That’s what the U.S. got in the last two elections – a Bush – George Bush. He’s the most powerful man in the world and he covets more and more power. Have you checked Bush out to find out what kind of fruit he’s producing? Abimelech said – “Come and put your trust in my shadow” – (Jud.9:15). President Bush in Summit meetings overshadows all men in importance – he casts a long shadow and it’s the shadow of death. I believe God’s curse is already working in the U.S. He’s given us a bramble bush to rule over U.S. and the people voted him into office, as the people did with Abimelech. We got George burning Bush as Israel got Abimelech burning Bush. President Bush has already burned up two nations with bombs and much innocent blood was shed and other nations are targeted. President Bush, and he alone, has the power to burn up the world several times over with our nuclear bombs – (2 Pet.3:10). He lied to U.S. to start these unjust wars and usurped Congress’s power to make war and now has full control of the armed forces. Will president Bush be our first King like Abimelech, the bramble bush King of Israel? He is now packing the Supreme Court with judges who will give him even more war powers. I’m blowing the trumpet of warning – will you listen to it? Abimelech was a judge in Israel who became king and that’s why he’s in the book of Judges. Because Congress has abrogated it’s war- making powers to the President, only the Supreme Court Judges can stop the President from assuming absolute power of a king. President Bush continues to say like Abimelech “Put your trust in me, I know best.” Secret prisons and torture, illegal wiretaps, and spying on Americans with the N.S.A. and usurping congress’s war-making powers. Big Brother Bush is acting like an emperor not a president. He has placed himself above the law. “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man in whom there is no help” – (Ps.146:3).
God’s beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the tree that will be promoted and exalted to become King of Kings and Emperor over the whole world. He was made a curse of us on the tree-cross as it is written- “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” – (Gal.3:13). On his head the soldiers placed a crown of thorns in mockery. Over his head on the tree was written – “This is Jesus the King of the Jews” – (Mt.27:37). Can you not see the true, humble bramble bush king shedding his precious blood to save sinners from a burning hell.
Jesus carried the branch to Calvary with a crown of thorns on His head and He’s coming back as the righteous branch of King David – “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” – (Jer.23:5,6). Jesus, our bramble king is coming. Not with a crown of thorns on his head but with many crowns as emperor over the whole earth. God will highly exalt Him because He humbled himself on the cross. (Philip.2:7-9) says – “But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.”
God will promote His Son to rule the earth and He will promote each of us who are saved by Christ to rule beneath Him as kings and priests and judges. “Lift not up the horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck. For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another” – (Ps.75:5-7). Jesus Christ will be the tree king, not only of Israel but the world of gentiles as well. The king is coming – King of Kings over the whole earth – highly exalted. The humble bramble tree, the Lord Jesus, is exalted to King of Kings – the highest tree on Mt. Zion.
Will you reign with Him when He comes? Are you saved and born again? We’re all brambles, cursed by sin and in need of a Savior. You can turn your curse into a blessing by putting your faith and trust in Christ. Don’t put your trust in the president or anyone else. You need to become a new tree producing Holy Spirit fruit. “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after ye believed, ye were sealed with the holy spirit of promise” – (Eph.1:13). Repent of your sins and by faith turn to Christ for forgiveness of sins and be born again by the word of God. “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever” – (I Pet.1:23).
Take heed to the Bramble Bush King
Preacher Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla #76
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