Scripture Lesson – Luke 6:43 – 49
Subject: The Fruit
Verses 43, 44 – For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
44For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
The first lesson is that the tree must be good in order for the fruit to be edible. Good is not only how it looks but the value, virtue and use of it. How valuable are you to God? Obviously, very much so! He gave us the most precious gift in the person of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. When we accept Him and walk with Him, the roots of bitterness, scorn, hate, death and darkness are destroyed. In their place come love, life, joy, surrender, hope and faith.
Verse 44 declares that every tree is known by the fruit it bears. This means that every tree has to be a producer of quality fruit. While talking with some producers of mangos, I understood this verse more clearly and the value of each tree in the orchard. Mango is a species of flowering plant in the sumac and poison ivy family Anacardiaceous. One tree can be a producer of sweet and delicious fruit while the very next tree could be a producer of deformed and bitter fruit. Both trees are beautiful, taking up the same amount of space in the orchard, but yielding a different result.
Jesus and His Disciples were hungry and happened upon a beautiful tree but fruitless. He did not offer any excuses for the tree or brag about its beauty. He cursed the tree. The next day, it was dried up and plucked out of the ground. The Master came for fruit, not outward beauty, alone.
We are all in the Body of Christ and we should seek to yield sweet and nutritious fruit. So, when our Lord brings hungry souls to our tree, we will be filled with ripe and ready fruit.