Trees of the Field
For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree, And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; And it shall be to the Lord for a name, For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. Isaiah 55:12-13 NKJV
In the above text, Isaiah’s prophesy is a prophetic promise to God’s people who were suffering and sighing for deliverance while exiled in Babylonian captivity. He also prophesized that a Savior and Deliver would come who would anoint God’s people for favor and appoint them for blessings, that they may have a reputation of righteousness (Isa. 61).
Now on the other hand, Ezekiel was a prophet and priest, who had been carried off to Babylon; he had a vision of waters flowing from the Temple and the Lord bringing him through the rising flood. After the Lord brought him through the waters that did not overflow him, He carried him to the bank of the waters where Ezekiel saw all kind of trees on both sides of the river, and he saw that trees grow by spreading their roots in the water–their fruit good for food, and their leaves for medicine (Ezek. 47).
God poetically calls those He has delivered and planted—trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord. God’s deliverance is an everlasting sign of His greatness, love and power—never to be forgotten. He brings you out of captivity and bondage with joy, and be leads you out with peace. Poetically, the “mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” This is a powerful picture of a joyful deliverance. What God did for the exiles in Babylon, He will do for you!
Believers are not “thorns” in the wilderness nor ‘briers” in some desolate desert, but they are trees of righteousness planted by the rivers of water (Psalm 1:3). Although the “trees” are unique and distinctively different, they are all God’s planting (Isa. 55:13; 41:17-20). Trees of the field are “trees of righteousness the planting of the Lord!”