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o kYpioΣ EbaΣIΛEyΣEn aΠo tOy ΞY ΛOy

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The Lord's reign is acclaimed because of the tree. Which tree? The Tree of the Cross which the Messiah bore on his shoulder at the time when (i) his reign of peace commenced, and (ii) the wood of the yoke and the staff of the oppressors were taken, to their joy, from the shoulders of the people (Is 8:24-9:6). This tree is also the Tree of Life, whose fruit we were intended to eat, of which Adam and his descendants were unworthy (Gen 3:22-24). Because of the Tree and its fruit (1 Chr 16:32) God has made the Messiah king (Is 9:6) upon his Ascension, and all nature rejoices (Is 9:2; Ps 95:11). Indeed nature rejoiced in this tree's now edible fruit. This Christian midrash on both the Old and the New Testaments pre-existed Barnabas and Justin, and is alluded to by each independently.

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