Matthew 7:15-20 Beware of Rotten Fruit
15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So then, you will know them by their fruits.
This Bible passage with the sermon on the mount is talking about false prophets, but many people don’t know what a prophet is. So I will teach you what a prophet is. The definition of prophet : an individual who has contact with a divine being. The word of God called Abraham a prophet, even if not many see him that way, God called him a prophet. (Genesis 20:7) Abraham heard God’s voice, Abraham told others what the Lord said, he was hearer & a messenger of God, a prophet. The Old Testament is full of true & false prophets & tells us how to identify them, just like Jesus says we will know them by their fruits. Deuteronomy 13 gives the reader of God’s word what the fruits of a good prophet & false is.
Deuteronomy 13:1-4 “If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’ 3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.
A prophet of the Lord, would never tell anyone to serve another God or break His commandments, even if the prophet’s vision came true. This kind of false prophet fruit is not ripe but fully rotten & he serves another master if not Satan but him/herself. Only a person knows the word of God & His holy commandment what good & bad fruit is. Earlier today me & mom was gathering fruit & veggies out of the garden. I really don’t have a green thumb, but when I saw a bad tomato that looked like it had been eaten by something or rotten, I threw it away. The Lord God wants you to do the same with any false prophet you may hear. Throw their words of lies away, & don’t behave like they say behave. The only person who listens to false prophets is a person who likes what the prophet says. The Lord will throw that person aside also, if he or she never really listens to God’s true prophet. My dear brothers & sister, do yourself a favor read God’s word & learn what true fruits are of God’s prophets, preachers & teachers. His word says to come & taste & see that God that His word is good,Psalm 34:8. I promise I teach what is true, but I am no prophet or pastor, I call myself a teacher & I don’t even know if I qualify as that, but that is what I do & I enjoy it. God bless you all. The Lord loves you & so do I. Sam H.