For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. (Luke 6:43-45)
The Good Treasure Of A Good Tree
Jesus is a teacher of plain truth. There is no difficulty understanding His language. Using simple illustrations, the Lord lays out a pattern of clear admonitions that drive home the point of the will of His Father. As Creator, Christ established the pattern of trees to bear in accordance with their nature. Orange trees bear oranges and apple trees produce apples. The law of nature is that each tree bears according to its kind. An orange tree cannot bear apples because the molecular design of the seed is limited to creating oranges. An apple tree can bear orange apples but the apple is still an apple. This is also true of a good tree and a bad tree. Good trees are healthy and yield great quantities of fruit because they possess the elements of life. Trees that are dying inside will not bear much fruit and eventually wither away to dust.
People are like trees. God created them in the same fashion as goodness comes from a good heart but evil is evidence of an evil heart. The seed of man is limited by the DNA established in creation and will never change. Good things come from people who have good hearts. It is impossible that an evil heart will bring forth righteousness. The conflict between light and darkness is that darkness is the absence of light. If a man wants to be a good person he must have a good heart. If there is no goodness in the heart how dark is the void filling his heart. Jesus shows how the tongue is a barometer of the heart. What comes out of the mouth is first planted in the heart. Anger comes from an angry heart. Hatred is fertile in a heart filled with hate. The cursing’s that come from a mouth do not suggest a filthy mouth but a corrupt heart. In the old days the remedy of a foul mouth was washing the mouth out with soap but what needed cleaning was the heart. Using soap fortified the solution but if the heart never changed the soap was wasted.
The teaching of Jesus is clear. We are who we say we are. A man is known by his word. James would later write in his epistle the tongue is an unruly evil that no man can tame. There have been wars fought, fortunes lost, families destroyed and reputations marred because of the tongue. What must be learned is what comes out of the mouth first resides in the heart. To clean up the mouth the heart must be changed. When the heart is filled with the grace of God the words of a man will be seasoned with grace. Faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of God; the more the word of God dwells in the heart the more the mouth will tell the wonders of God’s grace. Change the heart and the mouth will change.