Matthew 7:15-20 Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)
15 `But, take heed of the false prophets, who come unto you in sheep’s clothing, and inwardly are ravening wolves. 16 From their fruits ye shall know them; do [men] gather from thorns grapes? or from thistles figs? 17 so every good tree doth yield good fruits, but the bad tree doth yield evil fruits. 18 A good tree is not able to yield evil fruits, nor a bad tree to yield good fruits.
19 Every tree not yielding good fruit is cut down and is cast to fire: 20 therefore from their fruits ye shall know them.
There are events swirling around us with such ferocity and gaining speed one can hardly catch a breath. However; we were given patterns and guides in the form of parables and symbols to watch for lest we are decieved.
What is meant by wolves & fruit in the above passage? Danger among us? Think about the word picture; a wolf looking for dinner among sheep in the field. Clever wolf disguises itself to resemble the sheep as they wander to and fro in search of tastey grass. The never look up or around. A wolf, if it were truely this cunning would have no difficulty finding dinner without much effort, would it not?
Oh wait, we have not factored in two other elements; shepherds and sheepdogs. The shepherd’s job is to guide and protect the sheep, leading them to green pastures and still water. Sheep will not drink from disturbed water. And those sheepdogs?
Their job is to keep the sheep together and to face down danger, even from their own cousins – wolves. The sheepdogs take their orders from the shepherd, only. A stranger cannot command these dogs, they obey their Master and only Him or his family. Interestingly children, both boys and girls were given shepherding jobs to train them up under the supervision of the Shepherd. The shepherd has no fear for his children as they range far and wide over the mountains and valleys; the shepherd trusts the training of the sheepdogs and their obediance.
So far, so good. What of the fruit? Have you ever taken a beautiful, ripe piece of fruit bit into it only to spit it out? Everyone has at some point. This is what Y’shua is talking about in this lesson to His
sheepdogs er, diciples. In this double parable He reminds His diciples of their responsibilities; giving them a common everyday experience as a guide or pattern by which to measure their discernment.
In the coming days and weeks, the people of this country will be exposed to some very harsh realities. These realities are of a nature so brutal it will be very difficult to swallow for many. Heros will fall, trusted servants will be exposed as wolves and the fruit of our country for over a century will be shown to be very bitter, indeed. Everyone has had a hand in it, everyone. From leaders to citizens. We all have either by deviant willful action or willful ignorance, played a part in the destruction of our own country.
Some will have no way to cope with the deluge of revelation, others will rise to the occasion to shepherd and comfort. For such a time as this; nobodies who quietly left organized faith practices years ago will be called into service. Many already are diligently working behind the scenes, in high places and common places, preparing spiritual refuge for those who are looking.
Let him who has eyes and ears search out the Shepherds and sheepdogs.
Site Updates: Behind the scenes here we are working on resources for those who wish further information. The Resources can be found in Soup & Nuts at the top.
We welcome comments, questions & concerns. The contact box is under the title above.