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Saturday, July 2 2011
Flowers And Fruit
The English word "flower" originated from a Latin word, floris, which meant the same as the modern-day definition i.e. the "reproductive organ of angiosperm plants, especially one having showy or colorful parts" (WordWeb Dictionary by Princeton University). Notice carefully that a flower is a "reproductive organ," not an end in itself. Flowers were created to produce fruit, the "ripened reproductive body of a seed plant." Ironically, flowers are often cut off, because of their beauty, thereby causing them to fail to produce the fruit that their beauty was intended to produce.
As is very-often found in English (and other) translations, a single general word, in this case "flower," is used to translate a number of different Hebrew words that all mean "flower," but with some more specific or detailed meaning.
Here are some Biblical examples of "flower." Can you tell which of the original words, as listed above, were actually written? (the 3 examples below are listed in the same order as the 3 words defined in the list above):
"25:33 Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick." (Exodus 25:31-34 KJV)
"Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompense"
Christians become true Christians by means of the Holy Spirit, the "pollen" from our Father that gives us the means and the purpose to produce fruit - the reason that salvation is likened to a harvest e.g. "4:29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come" (Mark 4:29 KJV).
"8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
The Messiah is the one and only "true vine" from which God's fruit is produced.
"15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Along with the importance of bearing fruit is the importance of bearing good fruit. Those who merely do as they please, in Christ's Name, are not bearing good fruit (see Antichristians).
"7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
This Day In History, July 2
626: Li Shimin, the succeeding Emperor Taizong of Tang, Emperor of China, killed his rival brothers in an ambush at the Xuanwu Gate.
1298: An army under Albert of Austria defeated and killed Adolf of Nassua near Vorms (often rendered in English as "Worms"), Germany.
1555: The Ottoman Admiral Turgut Reis sacked Paola, Italy (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1625: The Spanish army took Breda, Spain, after nearly a year of siege.
1644: The Battle of Marston Moor near York brought the first major Royalist defeat in the English Civil War.
1747: Marshall Saxe led French forces to victory over an Anglo-Dutch force under the Duke of Cumberland at the Battle of Lauffeld.
1777: Vermont becomes the first U.S. territory to abolish slavery.
1853: The Russian army crossed the Pruth River, invading Turkey and beginning the Crimean War.
1871: Rome officially became capital of a united Italy; after 1,500 years, Rome again the capital of Italy.
1881: U.S. President James Garfield, who was sworn-in only 3 months earlier, was shot by Charles Guiteau. He died from the injury on September 19.
1897: Guglielmo Marconi, a scientist from Italy, obtained a patent for his "radio" in London.
1900: Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin flew his first airship, over Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.
1937: Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while trying to fly around the world.
1940: The liner Arandora Star was torpedoed by a German submarine while transporting German and Italian prisoners to Canada; over 750 prisoners and crew died.
1962: The first Wal-Mart store opened, in Rogers, Arkansas.
1964: U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act and the Public Accommodations Bill that guaranteed equality to blacks. Despite the new laws, a month later 3 civil rights workers were found murdered in Mississippi; police were implicated.
1966: France detonated a nuclear bomb at a test site in the Pacific.
1976: Following Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose nation had been divided into two by western imperial powers in 1954), North and South Vietnam were reunited as one country with Hanoi as the capital.
2000: Vicente Fox Quesada was elected President of Mexico, the first from an opposition party, after over 70 years of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.