In recent excavations in Israel several beams made of cedar and cypress, dating back as far as 70 AD, have been found. Both woods are known for their high quality, great durability and resistance to rotting. These wooden beams could last more than two millennia. Imagine, God planned for Solomon and any other builders of the Temple to use this time resistant wood in its construction.
On a trip to Israel we were have seen the “Jesus boat” , dated from the first century and recovered from the Sea of Galilee, which was built from reused timbers made of cedar from Lebanon.
Archaeologists have discovered the cedar and cypress beams from the Temple Mount used again at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and two other buildings on the Temple Mount.
They have survived during the earthquakes of 1927, and 1937 although through severe damage they were able to be used again.
Jeremiah 17:7,8 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Jeremiah gives us a wonderful illustration of the Believer today. Imagine each Believer today like a Cyprus or a Cedar of Lebanon, and its longevity, withstanding earthquakes and still being usable for His purpose.
The Believer is a “living epistle” so the world can see and read.
This “Living Epistle” holding forth the Word of God, standing year after year, through all kinds of storms.
God intended His Believers to be strong, being ready for His use, whether put aside for a time, then renewed, restored ready to be used again.
Let us Believers have the endurance, high quality, durability as we carry the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.