Our Story With God, Episode 49: Roots and Shoots
On several occasions throughout Scripture, God speaks of His people as plants. In prophecy and parables He speaks of the care required to nourish and grow us. It makes sense that the word pictures that God used were of agriculture, considering His audience. Paul describes God's chosen people as an olive tree - one that He has been actively tending to in order to grow the proper fruits. Throughout the Old Testament, the root structure has been prepared, and now it is up to the shoots to do their work.