September 19th – A Miracle of Nature




Dr. Paul Brand pays testimony to one of his colleagues who was also a good friend right from their medical student days in wartime Britain. His friend was Dr. Richard Dawson. Dr. Dawson graduated, joined the army, and was sent to the Far East where, as a bright, young, happy-go-lucky doctor he was plunged into the hell of a Japanese P.O.W. settlement, as one of those involved in building that infamous Burma-Siam railway.
He was a doctor, but he was helpless as hundreds of fine young men died of dysentery and typhoid, as well as under-nourishment and dehydration. He knew how to save their lives, but he had to watch them die because he had no supplies, no drugs, and no means to sterilise the fluids that might have saved their lives. Yet even in such a death factory Dr. Dawson had hope. He remembered being told that the water in green coconuts was always pure and sterile, and he resolved to use it. He got some young soldiers to climb coconut palms and collect green coconuts. He cut off fibrous ends of the fruit and drilled holes into the shells. He used thin bamboo stems to serve as needles to connect to intravenous needles into the bodies of dehydrated and dying men. Amazingly those treated began to recover.He could see the steaming swamps full of disease and death producing palms which fed on those infected swamp waters, filtered them, purified them and preserved them, and stored them inside the green fruit.
No wonder Dr. Brand called this a miracle of nature, which turns putrefaction into purity, death and disease into life, and reminds his readers that what God can do with a coconut palm in a deadly environment, he can do – only much more so – with living Christians in a deadly and polluted environment. After all, if your soul’s roots are in Christ, and if you are rooted in that deep supply the purest of waters, you WILL bear fruit, and it will save lives.
Speaking of the person who is rooted in God:
He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season, and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1:3Psalm 1:3
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. wither: Heb. fade  

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A Prayer:
Lord, in the wasteland of our generation, we pray for those trees which have their roots in you.
A question:
By the way, what kind of people will grow up if their main mental and spiritual nourishment is provided by T.V. soap operas and Hollywood films and horror films?
Now read Ezekiel 47:1-12Ezekiel 47:1-12
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

47 1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar. 2 Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side. 3 And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles. the waters were...: Heb. waters of the ankles 4 Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins. 5 Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over. waters to...: Heb. waters of swimming 6 And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river. 7 Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other. bank: Heb. lip 8 Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. desert: or, plain 9 And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh. rivers: Heb. two rivers 10 And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto Eneglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many. 11 But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt. shall not...: or, and that which shall not be healed 12 And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine. shall grow: Heb. shall come up new: or, principal for medicine: or, for bruises and sores  

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