Lessons from the Cedars of Lebanon


Cedars of Lebanon – July 2014

The Cedar trees that grow in the mountains of Lebanon hold a very special significance for the Christian. Solomon used those strong timbers to build God’s temple (1 Kings 7:2-3). The Bible also refers to them as the basis of several metaphors. Therefore, when Pastor Milad Dagher gave his free day to take Sonia and I to the Cedars of Lebanon last month, we were thrilled. While we hiked along the trail for an hour and a half, he related some of the characteristics of that special tree that made the trip as devotional as it was educational.

• DEEP ROOTS: For every ten feet of height above the ground, the tree roots go down 30 feet under ground. I want my “being rooted and grounded in love” (Ephesians 3:17) to reflect the Cedar.
• PENETRATION: The tips of the roots are equipped with a substance that allows them to drill through the toughest of rock and continue the deep-rootedness of the tree. I want my life to drill through difficult times so that in the end, I am anchored in a rock foundation.
• USEFULNESS TO OTHERS: Psalm 104:16-17 show that the cedars, which God created, serve to provide for the needs of other living things like the birds of the air. I would like my life, like that of the Cedar, to exist for the sake of other members of the world community.
• RESISTANCE TO DECAY: The sap of the Cedar serves as a natural repellant to harmful insects and fungi. This internal resistance to decay and infection make me think of the “armor of God” which allows us to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Our spiritual “sap” should include truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, and faith “with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” (Ephesians 6:1-17)
• UNITY: The limbs of neighboring trees grow right into the foliage of the neighboring tree and sometimes grow together as one. So even if one tree dies, its limbs will be sustained by merging with the surviving tree. Psalm 133:1, “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity,” refers literally to siblings living together as members of an extended family or community. How different this picture is than that of competitive siblings quarrelling over possessions and power.
• LONGEVITY AND VITALITY: Psalm 92:12, 14-15 is my favorite reference to the cedar in Lebanon because it provides encouragement to a man who is getting older but hopefully more righteous. “The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree and will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still yield fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and very green, to declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock and there is not unrighteousness in Him.”

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If you know of any additional characteristics of the cedars of Lebanon, please add them in the comments below.

28 Responses to Lessons from the Cedars of Lebanon

  1. Hosea 14 says:

    […] of Lebanon are not only majestic, they have a deep root system to survive the rocky terrain in which they […]

  2. Edna says:

    I love your insight of the cedar of Lebanon, may the Lord continue to blessed and guide you

  3. gill says:

    They’re beautiful and they inspire worship

  4. Michael kamau says:

    thex for the teaching of Cedar tree give me the characteristics of Cedar tree

  5. Galen Orapeleng says:

    Another comment is that as the cedar gras and wraps around the rocks, the Christian wraps around the Rock of Ages (Heb 6:19,20).

  6. Fredrick says:

    The branches of the spreads round about in in a fashionable canopy. The spreading of the branches represents territorial dominance. Is in charge.

  7. Amy says:

    They produce sap and sweet aroma that was used to produce anointing oil. When applied to a person it testified / speaking of strenth, performance, wholeness and restoration. ..AMEN…also NO pestilence can come on this tree…

  8. Rev.Herbert. says:

    Good thoughts for Cedar tree.God bless you all.

  9. Kudzanayi Mukwenha says:

    i liked the sermon of the cedar of Lebanon, a very powerful lesson to learn

  10. Chrispine says:

    We as Christians should emulate the Cedars of Lebanon.

  11. Charlie Wilkins says:

    Learning more about the roots of these cedars enlightens our understanding of the vine, the vineyard, and the vinekeeper in John. Revealing! Thank you, brother Lee; may the Lord bless you and keep you today.

  12. Msigwa Alberto says:

    it is very interesting studies may the Lord enrich much wisdom to show us more Msigwa Adriano

  13. Amena says:

    Thank you for these excellent notes on the cedars of Lebanon. It surely helps in my understanding and continuous learning of God’s Holy Scripture particularly of Psalm 1:3 and Psalm 92:12 and Jeremiah 17:8.

  14. Yinka Adeyemo says:

    This sharing on Cedar of Lebanon is quite profound and it helps us to know what the life of a believer should look like.Thanks and God bless.

  15. Sharon says:

    Hello, The cedarwood is made into oil which had antifungal and antispectic properties, useful from head to toe. The nuts from its cone is used to produce oil. The wood was also used to build the second temple (Ezra 3:7) because it’s odoriferous it is less warrant to decay. For every 10ft in height its roots grows down 30ft in depth. When God says our roots are like Lebanon it makes me think how much of my time I must spend in going deeper into Him, His Word by His precious Son Jesus. So I maybe of useful serve for Him.

  16. Madeline says:

    Thank you for this wonderful enlightenment and encouragement!!!! God bless you!

  17. Taiye says:

    Wow! This is awesome, it just answered a question in my heart. Many times we want to be out there doing something 4 d Lord, when He desires that we spend more of our time in there with Him. God bless you

  18. Mary says:

    Thank you. GOD bless you abundantly

  19. Chichi says:

    i like it

  20. Joanne says:

    Your teaching blessed me this morning. Psalm 92 has served as an anchor for my life for many years. As I am aging and dealing with some physical issues I will focus on the truth again that I am planted as cedar in Lebanon. Blessings to you.

  21. Carol Olsen says:

    As I’m reading about the roots penetrating even the toughest rock, it came to my thought that we should be able to penetrate even the hardest heart of those in the world if our roots are grounded in the love and in the Word of God.

    • Jenn Harbour says:

      The picture of unity got me. How the cedar actually grows over to support the weak one.Ive felt prompted to read Psalm 91 every day and kept reading over to psalm 92 today. I got curious on the cedars of Lebanon and googled it, landing here. God met me today on your page. The anointing breaks the yoke of bondage that sometimes without realizing it, we are bound, and when God shows up the blinders fall off and we can see clearly! He who the son sets free is free indeed. Thank you for your insights, and for the other great comments below. I want to grow more sappy😀and grow deeper roots! Joshua 1:7-9, Matthew 6:33, Psalm 1

  22. Liked seeing the photo of a Lebanon Cedar and its characteristics.

  23. josephnwogu says:

    This is powerful….. God bless you

  24. Laura-Lee says:

    Found this on May 7, 2020. My 54th birthday. Heard a sermon by Charles Stanley about being useful all the days of our lives where he quoted Ps 92. Thought I would find a picture of a Cedar of Lebanon. Your photo led me to your wonderful blog and this post. Learned a lot more and encouraged in the Spirit as well. Loved the info about UNITY! Thank you SO much for taking the time to share your life with us. Sincerely, Laura-Lee

    • leejagers says:

      Thanks for your encouraging feedback. That trip still resonates in my mind & heart as a modern day parable. Keep listening to Charles Stanley. In His hands, Lee

      Sent from my iPhone


  25. Bienvenido C. Tuanzon says:

    Thank you Pastor for your message about the Cedar tree. Its ability to penetrate the hardest of rock so it can anchor deep into a strong foundation and its significance on the subject of unity. May the Lord continue to bless you with wisdom and courage to speak the truth.

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