Rare Fruit

January 1, 1970

RARE FRUIT.   “I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace.”— Isaiah lvii. 19.   “THE fruit of the lips”! The lips are neither trees of the orchard nor herbs of the garden. What fruit can they bear? The scattering of Babel came of human speech when languages were multiplied, and the uuited race split up into fragments. …


The Apple Tree in the Wood

July 6, 1873

The Apple Tree in the Wood   “As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons.” — Song of Solomon ii. 3.   BY the apple tree would probably be intended by the oriental writer either the citron, or the pomegranate, or the orange. I suppose he did not refer to …


Ripe Fruit

August 14, 1870

Ripe Fruit   “My soul desired the first ripe fruit.” — Micah vii.1.   THE nation of Israel had fallen into so sad and backsliding a condition, that it was not like a vine covered with fruit, but like a vineyard after the whole vintage has been gathered, so that there was not to be found a single cluster. …


A Sharp Knife for the Vine Branches

October 6, 1867

A Sharp Knife for the Vine Branches   “Every branch in me that heareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” — John 15:2.   THESE are the words of Jesus. Unto you that believe he is precious; and every word that he speaks is …


Where to Find Fruit

February 28, 1864

Where to Find Fruit   "From me is thy fruit found."—Hosea 14:8        The text has a double significance. It may indicate the fruit upon which we feed, or the fruit which we are enabled to produce. If it shall mean the first, there is much of comfort in it. The Lord has compared himself, in his …