THE FRUIT LOOPS OF LIFE…
The Fruit Loops of Life has both historical value and spiritual significance. The purpose of the loops is to emphasize the repetition of the metaphor. Chronologically speaking, the concept of fruit-bearing can be traced since the days of Creation in the Garden of Eden. Consequently, one of the very first commandments of God to man was a mandate for both the first man (Adam) and the first woman (Eve) to “be fruitful and multiply.”(Genesis 1:22-28) However, in this present day, while using our one-dimensional minds, we tend to interpret this to childbearing or economics. However, I believe in a “NO LIMITS” sovereign Creator. According to Scripture, God describes this act as a blessing. When He blesses us, it is always precise, accurate, and abundantly given to us with loving-kindness. Throughout the Scriptures, the illustration of fruit as a way of life is used as a metaphor that always demonstrates a positive perspective of growth. Case and point, be fruitful and multiply, he could have said, be fruitful and subtract, divide, or maybe even add, Right?
What is the Genesis writer NOT saying?
Either way, this would have significantly altered the ultimate objective and purpose of the statement. Certainly, it would have affected the positive or negative value and connotation in the writer’s overall spiritual concept. Also, another pertinent question; Do you believe an omniscient (All-knowing) God, would command you to do something that he knew you were incapable of performing? I don’t think so! Most theologists agree that the first five books of the Bible were written by the same author; which is Moses. They have concurred, and refer to these books as The Pentitude. Although, in the sixth book of the Bible (Joshua), which is recorded in the same form, and subsequently with literal repetition, God would command Joshua to perform an action required to enter the land of milk and honey. “Be strong and very courageous” (Joshua 1:9). Again, in this instance the question to be asked; Would our loving and caring Heavenly Father make such a statement to Joshua, the appointed, and anointed new leader of His people; if he did not know he could do it?
TO BE, OR NOT TO BE?
William Shakespeare is the noted author of this famous quote, but I believe the consensus and forethought are unique as well as philosophically similar to our topic. In life, we are oftentimes presented with challenges that overwhelm, confuse, or even discourage us. Perhaps the dilemma involves drugs, sex, or peer pressure. In each scenario; remember this: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)