Fruit…Good Fruit

Fruit… Good Fruit

Leviticus 26:3-5 “If you live by my regulations, observe my mitzvot and obey them; then I will provide the rain you need in its season, the land will yield its produce, and the trees in the field will yield their fruit. Your threshing time will extend until the grape harvest, and your grape harvesting will extend until the time for sowing seed. You will eat as much food as you want and live securely in your land.

Psalm 1:1-3 How blessed are those who reject the advice of the wicked, don’t stand on the way of sinners or sit where scoffers sit! Their delight is in Adonai’s Torah; on his Torah they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams —they bear their fruit in season, their leaves never wither, everything they do succeeds.

Matthew 3:8 If you have really turned from your sins to God, produce fruit that will prove it!

If you read the passages above, there is a common word. The last verse should give it away – FRUIT.

It is summer. Lots of fruit is available. July 4th is often celebrated with watermelon, strawberries, blueberries… Peaches are almost ready. Grapes. The list is mouthwatering.

Fruit in the Bible has much to be discussed. Fruit represents the fall when Adonai first created man. Fruit represents the Promised Land. When the children of Israel crossed over they found it filled with many fruits (dates, grapes, pomegranates and of course the “first fruits” of grain).

Fruits are also representation of how we should live. The “Fruits of the Spirit.” It becomes the positive of our lives.

The verses that are listed above teach us that when we LIVE according to HIS Promises and Truths, than we have LIFE and FRUIT that will keep us whole.

When we eat fruit, it benefits our physical bodies. When we “eat” His fruit, it benefits our spiritual bodies. When our spirits are healthy, our bodies are healthier.

When we repent and turn from our “wicked ways,” He helps us bear fruit – fruit that will last. Our spirits definitely affect our physical. We need to make sure that we stay on top of repentance and listening. The more we are able to HEAR His Spirit, the better we think, feel, and act.

As we continue to walk through these difficult moments in the world, let us continue to READ His Words and hold to HIS Promises. Stay grounded, so that your roots are deep in HIM. Let His Words bring refreshment to your soul and water your “tree.”  Let His Words carry you though the tough times.

When we stayed grounded in Him, than our fruit will be GOOD fruit. It will be filled with His mercy, grace, and love. He will help us bring tasteful bites of JOY to those we meet.

I know that people have been affected by all that is happening. Times are tough for so many around the world. We need to “turn from our ways” that do not please Him, and focus on how we can be a blessing to those we meet. We might not have all the answers, but a simple taste of good fruit will take people a long way.

Taste and see that He is good. Bring His fruit to those around you.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

Photo by Louis Hansel @shotsoflouis on Unsplash