Isaiah 65:22b

Isaiah 65:22b compares the longevity of a tree to the longevity of God’s people.  Do you think you’re old?  Try comparing your age to that of a tree. 

How long can trees live?  Pulpit Commentary answers this question and analyzes Isaiah 65:22b by saying, “Trees endure for many hundreds, perhaps for thousands of years. The cedars of Lebanon, the oaks of Bashan, were known to have an antiquity of centuries. Isaiah may have had a knowledge of other trees to which attached the tradition of a yet longer existence. In our own day Brazil and California have furnished proofs of vegetable growths exceeding a millennium.”

When my family went to California, we saw a sequoia named General Sherman.  “He” did look commanding.  “The General Sherman Tree is…an estimated age of 2,300–2,700 years.”

English: Visitors in front of the General Sher...

English: Visitors in front of the General Sherman Tree, Sequoia National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to, “Giant sequoias are the third longest-lived tree species with the oldest known specimen to have been 3,266 years old in the Converse Basin Grove of Giant Sequoia National Monument. (Note: Giant sequoias are only outlived by bristlecone pines—oldest aged at 4,844 years in the Great Basin—and by Alerce trees—oldest aged at 3,639 years in Chile.)”  

Feeling young now?  Long live God’s people!