Lessons From the Fruit Trees

Posted: February 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

In Leviticus 19:23-25, God gave specific instructions to the Israelites about these fruit trees.  If we look close there are three lessons that we can learn. 1. The lesson about providence.  Verse 23 says, “…ye shall count the fruit thereof as uncircumcised; three years shall it be as uncircumcised unto you: it shall not be eaten of.”  I am sure that on that day there were some confused Israelites. Are we really supposed to let the fruit rot on the ground? Isn’t that wasteful? Was this really necessary? Sometimes God’s will doesn’t make sense to us. However, we are not called to understand, we are called to obey. God is not interested in our logic, He is interested in our faith. 2. The lesson about patience. Verse 24 says, “But in the fourth year all the fruit thereof shall be holy to praise the Lord withal.” They had already waited for three years.  Now God was asking them to go another year without eating the fruit of the trees. I am sure that was difficult to handle. After all, they had planted these trees, they had watered these trees, and they had cultivated these trees. By every human standard, they deserved to enjoy the profit of their efforts. Yet God said to wait. Four years is a long time and no one likes to wait. We live in the age of instant gratification. We want fast cars, fast computers, and fast cash. However, the saying that, “Good things come to those that wait,”  is still true. 3. The lesson about provision. Verse 25 says “And in the fifth year shall ye eat of the fruit thereof, that it may yield unto you the increase thereof: I am the Lord your God.” That phrase, “I am the Lord your God, ” appears numerous times in this one chapter. This statement settles everything in my life. We need to let God be God. He is the Lord and He is in control.  The Israelites that had the patience to wait four years to partake of the fruit, found that God was true to His Word. They had much more than those that were impatient and disobeyed God’s command. God rewards those who obey Him and His blessings always exceed our expectations. Let’s learn the lessons from the fruit trees.

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