The grape sits under the glare of the sun. Exposed. With prolonged heat it ripens to sweetness. But the sweetness comes forth only in the crushing. If the grape remains hard it will elude that reducing process and it’s juice remain bitter. Redemption comes only in the yielding.
The Word is alive and sharper than a two-edged sword. Created in His image, He gave us all the gift of the word, written and spoken. Sharp. Able to penetrate deep unto healing or destruction. The more finely-honed that edge, the more intricate places it can reach. Words can sever things delicate and tenuous.
Under the guardianship of human nature, the administration of bestowed gifts results in Adam, Eve, an apple and death. Laid on the alter and death’s stinger removed, the gift can be annointed and used for its’ proper purpose.
Words are a precious gift.
From childhood we anticipate the long-awaited day we will make our own choices, only to one day discover that we have been making them all along.
Matthew 7: 16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down,and cast into the fire. 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Amos 9:13Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
Proverbs 25:11A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Proverbs 7:2Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye