John the Baptist said:
An now also the axe is laid unto the root of the Trees: therefore every Tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire.
Matthew 3 v 10
I believe that I have read this passage of scripture several times before but it is only now that I notice this particular verse and it dawn on me that lots of Jesus’ parables were circulating around trees, fields and fruit.
I don’t know about you but for me every time I read the bible, the same passage that I have read before will have a different meaning and I often say I am sure I have read this before but I did not see it this way.
I am saying this again for this chapter, I am sure I have read this several times before but it is only now that I am noticing that this verse in particular is relating to Jesus’ attack on SIN big time.
Ok! this is my senario but yours could be different and I would love to hear what you think.
For me it appears that when we were created the seed that was planted into our physical bodies is the spirit of our creator. That spirit is the part of our make up that would direct our way of living in our physical bodies (Jesus’ term field). The spirit (trees). The fruit (what comes from our spirit or heart and manifest itself in our bodies).
Hence we have a body where the spirit dwells and produce fruit that would manifest itself in our lives.
So it makes sense to say the spirit (seed) of God is righteous but when Adam chose to accept Eve’s proposal over his creator’s command, the seed of unrighteousness was sown on top of God’s seed, hence the two seeds are using the same nutrients in our bodies ( field) resulting in tangled roots. Depending on the tree that was cultivated in our lives we will produce the fruit, a good example is the chaos that is dominating our world today.
I believe it was very painful for God to be rejected after all His good work and love for his creation; our lives become contaminated and God cannot deal with contamination but He loves us dearly. The seed of unrighteousness roots have buried the seed of righteousness so the trees that are flourishing produce fruit of unrighteousness,hence John the Baptist is saying (alive) that Jesus is the axe that would cut those roots (lies, hated, envy, malice, greed, strife, wars, addictions and so on).
Therefore in my opinion this is confirmation that Jesus is God Himself who sees and knows everything that is in the human heart, so when He spoke he was exposing his listeners unrighteousness and they hated Him for that because they were feeling guilty. That means they knew their deeds (fruit) were evil.
To date Jesus’ words are sharper than a two-edged sword and when people hear and respond to them, they would either hate Jesus or repent of their Sin and become new Trees bearing righteous fruit, for example love, peace, joy and so on.
That means the roots of the seed of unrighteousness are cut but the seed itself remains; so it is up to us to allow Jesus to feed us with his living water, which will cultivate good roots to bury the seed of unrighteousness resulting in good trees producing good fruit.
Notice John’s statement! any tree that does not produce good fruit are hewn down and cast into the fire, for me that is exactly the purpose for Jesus’ coming on the earth. The fire is eternal torment spiritually and God Loves us too much to see us in that torment, hence the reason why we are celebrating Easter.
I pray for the world to hear the voice of Jesus Christ the only solution for its problem.