BY THEIR FRUIT YOU KNOW THE ROOT
HEBREWS 12: 12 - 15
(PAGE 1757 "COME ALIVE" BIBLE)
JESUS CHRIST, in speaking of trees said, "By their fruits you
shall know them" (Matthew 7:20). You can know by the fruit
whether a tree is good or bad. This illustrates lives. By
observing the outward actions of an individual you can know the
condition of the heart. The root determines the fruit.
Many lives are bearing "bitter fruit." Why? Let's check the
Often in speaking of a productive person who has a good heritage
it is said, "He or she came from good stock." The reference is
to the persons roots, their parents.
The parent/child relationship is as close as the root/fruit
relationship in the plant world. It might be added, just as
You who are now adults, your parents are your roots. Parents,
you are now your children's roots. To understand this principle
turn to Hebrews 12: 12-15.
I.CAUSE (Vs. 13)
The text appeals to individuals not to impede or interfere with
"Paths" refers to a track left, a trail to be followed. It is a
summary expression for an example to be followed.
The appeal is to make the paths "straight." It is an expression
used in racing comparable to "stay in your lane." Don't cut in
front of someone and interfere with their progress.
This is a strong appeal for us not to influence individuals,
especially our children, in an improper way. The result is
found in the word "lame." It translates the Greek CHOLOS which
can refer to being crippled, but it can also mean to cause to
waver in an opinion. To cause ...
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