“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
-Jesus healed a man with a withered hand during Sabbath and the Pharisees complained saying it was unlawful. Jesus then called them ‘brood of vipers’ symbolizing their coldness towards the gospel and hardness of their hearts to come to faith in Him. External religiosity exposed their deep rooted beliefs and insensitivity in their words and deeds towards humanity. The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath (Mark 2:27). They rejected Jesus; our Sabbath rest. Our mouths act like spiritual barometers used to measure the humidity of the heart. As humidity is a function of water vapour, the word of God is symbolic to water that quenches our spiritual thirst and cools our souls. From the heart stems out all evil things; but we are called to follow Christ that we may be washed by the water of His word and be renewed in our words and deeds; daily. We are like trees; and our fruitfulness is known through our speech, actions and general progression in life. Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. We are reminded to remain in Him so that we may bear much fruit. We are also called to measure our words so that we may not come to judgement out of ignorance. Further, to look to Christ our Sabbath rest, so that we may come to faith and find rest in Him.
Almighty Father we thank You for this beautiful day that You have given unto us. We have seen Your hand in all things, thank You for loving us. We pray that You may purify our hearts by Your precious blood and cleanse our tongues from any idle word that may bring us to judgement. May Your wisdom always dwell in our hearts that we may fear You and love You as You have called each one of us. Help us also to love our neighbours as ourselves and to answer each one according to Your grace. We look to You only; our Sabbath rest, deliver us Jesus from the heavy burdens that we bear. Be with all those who lack basic needs merciful Father and hear the cry of all those who are unemployed. Deliver all our leaders Lord from greed of money and power, and raise for us leaders who will do Your divine will. Help us Lord to bear much fruit according to Your grace. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ; and the love of God; and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now; and forever more. Amen
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