Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lenten Meditation Week Five: The Good Stuff Comes From God

“He … planted it with the choicest vines.”
                                    Isaiah 5:2 (NIV)

God’s next step is to plant the crop He wants. That makes sense; the chances of getting an acceptable crop are  slim if you don’t plant what you are looking for. Instead, you’ll get an  assortment of weeds.

The same is true in our lives. God must plant His goodness in us for us to bear good fruit. Left to our own we will yield what  springs from our fallen nature or blows in from the world; neither are likely to be good. There is a lot of scripture on this. Let’s check it out:

Note: Wisdom and Sirach are deuterocanonical books. Those books are accepted as having the full authority of scripture by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches. The Anglican Church does not consider them to have the weight of scripture, but recognizes that they provide sound guidance for Christians. That latter view is consistent with the actions of many of the early reformers. Martin Luther’s translation of the Bible, the Geneva Bible, and the 1611 edition of the King James Bible included those books, albeit as appendices. See  Biblical Apocrypha. Further, there are many  New Testament passages that allude to or parallel passages in the deuterocanonical books. See  Deuterocanonical Books In the New Testament

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