And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. (GEN 1:11-13 ESV)
The plan is over the month of September to explore fruit – what it is, why it’s so important and why we are meant to be fruitful. To that end it is only right to go to the beginning. The definition of fruit given in the video is useful and I have no problem posting it. The first mention of fruit in scripture is also worth pointing out at these early stages.
So fruit is the product of a tree or bush, usually fleshy and within it is seed. This product of the tree or bush is usually consumed and nature has a way of maintaining the presence of further fruit by the seed in it when it is planted and cultivated.
After land was separated from water, God called for the land to produce vegetation and the trees that would contain the fruit.
What I find fascinating about this act in the context of the creation narrative, is that it is a fundamental part of setting the environment fir for human habitation. This stage was about populating and having set the scene with light and the separation of key elements, God begins populating with a substance that has the capacity to perpetuate it’s own existence. That is to say He says to fill the land will be something that in itself can keep itself going. The tree has fruit. The fruit has seed. The seed has life. That life is the tree. That tree has fruit … (rinse and repeat).
Fruit in itself is going to play a vital part in creation when humanity comes on the scene, but at this stage it’s a marvel to consider how it was already giving a hint as to what it was to populate what had been set apart for its purpose.
This is one of the reasons why it is good to appreciate what fruit is.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden