The Story of the Bramble Tree (Dawag) and Willy Santiago
Once upon a time there was an election held among the trees in the forest. The position was to “guard” the other trees. The olive tree, the grape tree, and the fig tree were offered the prestigious position but declined. They are comfortable as they are. The bramble tree did not hesitate to say yes when offered the position. As shown in the image, the bramble tree is nothing but twigs, no life nor substance. Unlike the olive tree that has oil to offer, the fig tree its sweetness, and the grape tree the tasty wine, the bramble tree is lifeless. Judges 9:14-15
King James Version (KJV)
14Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us.
15And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.
There was one Willy Santiago who was ex communicated from The Members Church of God International. He was not contended as one of the brethren who sat beside Brother Eliseo Soriano during broadcast of the television program, Ang Dating Daan. He did not know, that many brethren wanted to be near Brother Eli, but could not, due to circumstances, like security. He was very lucky.
No one knew what was inside his heart, that time. When the time came that he could not contain his ambition, he bared his true color. He wanted to lead the congregation. But he is not the chosen one. He is not a leader. Leaders are known to God long before he is born to this world. He could not lead. Like the bramble tree in the bible, he has nothing to offer. A member who was given the chance to be a part of the broadcast group of Brother Eli, he was not in the capacity to be a leader. He wanted to take the position of Brother Eliseo Soriano. I am very sorry for his scant followers.
WILLY SANTIAGO IS LIKENED TO A BRAMBLE TREE.