Producing Fruit (Jeremiah 6)

Hear, O earth; behold, I am bringing disaster upon this people,
    the fruit of their devices,
because they have not paid attention to my words;
    and as for my law, they have rejected it. Jeremiah 6:19

For the past month I have been enjoying the fruit of those who grow apples in North Georgia. Even as I write this there is an apply by me waiting to be eaten.  The apples have been sweet, fresh, and just the right size.  I can give a testimony of their producing good fruit.

Our Lord Jesus spoke about fruit in Matt. 7:17 “Every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.”

According to Jeremiah, Israel had become a diseased tree.  One asks, how did this happen?  According to 2:11 “She changed Gods…” In Chapter 5:11 Jeremiah wrote, “She loved idols and sins of every kind.”

Now God says, you have sown evil seeds, you have cultivated evil seeds, and now it was harvest time (6:19). Disaster was fruit becoming ripe on the trees of their spiritual lives.

Question: was there any way to change the outcome?

God answer was yes.   Notice 6:16

Thus says the Lord:
“Stand by the roads, and look,
    and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way is; and walk in it,
    and find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

If Israel would repent (cut down the diseased trees of sin) and turn from her rebellion, God would reconcile her to Himself.  If she would seek the good  way (fruit of righteousness), God would spare here.  Sadly history records, she would not.

As I look at the apple to my right, I realize the farmer did his work correctly and God did His work correctly, producing a fruit that is a blessing.

When it comes to my life and your life, I wonder do others see the fruit of our lives as a blessing?  According to Paul’s teaching in Galatians 5:13-26, all Christians have two sources of seeds to plant in life.  We have the seeds of the flesh and the seeds of the Holy Spirit.

The fruit of our lives gives forth evidence of which seeds we are producing (Gal. 6:7-8).  This day I want to sow seeds of righteousness so that I can bear the Fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).

By doing so, you and I offer fruit this world needs.

 

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