The Good News – Fruit and Seed and Who is my family

   “For each tree is known by its own fruit. For they do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree rotten and its fruit rotten, for a tree is known by its fruit.”
   “Brood of adders! How are you able to speak what is good – being wicked? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart. “The good man brings forth what is good from the good treasures of his heart, and the wicked man brings forth what is wicked from the wicked treasure. And I say to you that for every idle word men speak, they shall give an account of it in the day of judgment. “For by your words you shall be declared righteous, and by your words you shall be declared unrighteous.”
   Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from You.
   And while the crowds were thronging, He began to say, “A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Yonah.
   “For as Yonah was three days and three nights in the stomach of the great fish, so shall the Son of Adam be three days and three nights in the heart of the land. Men of Nineweh shall stand up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Yonah, and look, a greater than Yonah is here.”
   “The sovereigness of the South shall rise up in the judgment with this generation and shall condemn it, for she came from the ends of the land to hear the wisdom of Shelomoh, and look, a greater than Shelomoh is here.”
   “Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. “Then it says, ‘I shall return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds it empty, swept, and decorated. “Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And the last of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”
   And it came to be, as He was saying this, a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which You suckled!”
   But He said, “Blessed rather are those hearing the Word of Elohim and watching over it!”
   “And no one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a hidden place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in shall see the light. The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, all your body also is enlightened. But when your eye is evil, your body also is darkened. See to it therefore that the light which is in you is not darkness. If then all your body is enlightened, having no part dark, all shall be enlightened, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.”
   And while He was still talking to the crowds, see, His mother and brothers stood outside, desiring to speak with Him. And one said to Him,
   “See, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to speak with You.”
   But He answering, said to the one who spoke to Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”
   And having stretched out His hand toward His taught ones, He said, “See My mother and My brothers!”
   “For whoever does the desire of My Father who is in the shamayim is My brother and sister and mother.”
   “My mother and My brothers are those who are hearing the Word of Elohim and doing it.”

Exposition

 This portion of the Chronological Order of the Good News comes to us from Mattityahu (Matthew) 12:33-50 & Luços (Luke) 11:24-36. The beginning of this portion draws parallels to the “Parable of the sower” and the seeds of creation back in Beresheit (Genesis). The fruit, which Messiah speaks, is determined by the tree/seed from which it is derived. The spiritual fruit which we display should only reflect the “Seed of Elohim” which was planted in us at our creation. If we are truly walking after our Loving Father, Our ways, thoughts, and words should represent, esteem, and honor Him. It is again magnified in the later parts when speaking of light and darkness and hiding your light under a basket. Yahweh wants you to be a “shining lampstand” unto the nations, displaying His love, loving-kindness, and His right-rulings.
Any seed of darkness will corrupt the entire body like leavening raise the whole lump of dough. It too is displayed in the fruits of your spirit, your thoughts, words and deeds. Beware of the corruption and false glamour of the wicked ways, they will lead you into utter darkness and eventual destruction!
For more information on the Yonah/Jonah passages or the mother and brother passages, please see the linked studies:
Kepha (Peter) – Another from Yapho
Family – Who is my Mother and my Brother?
Shalom Aleichem!
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