What Jesus Did! 'Good Fruit' — Matthew 12:33-35

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

"If you want good fruit, you must make the tree good. If your tree is not good then it will have bad fruit. A tree is known by the kind of fruit it makes. You snakes! You are evil people! How can you say anything good? The mouth speaks the things that are in the heart. A good person has good things saved in his heart. And so he speaks the good things that come from his heart. But an evil person has evil saved in his heart. So he speaks the evil things that come from his heart."
— Matthew 12:33-35
Illustration of Matthew 12:33-35 — "If you want good fruit, you must make the tree good.

Key Thought

Blasphemy is what you would expect from Jesus' opponents, because their hearts are evil. They have demonstrated this again and again by their actions. But what about us? Is there a cynical, fault-finding heart that is always skeptically looking to cut down those who do good things? Is there an arrogant, hypocritical heart that allows us to find the faults in others but not deal with our own? Is there an undiscerning, rebellious heart that allows us to see no need for standards or morals? We must remember that our mouths speak of what is in our hearts. Our deeds display the values of our hearts. We must guard our hearts and seek after truth, and in particular, seek after Jesus.

Today's Prayer

Purify my heart, O God, so that I may faithfully and honorable serve you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus knew what the Pharisees were doing. So Jesus left that place. Many people followed Jesus, and he healed all the sick people. But Jesus warned the people not to tell other people who he was. Jesus did these things to make happen what Isaiah the prophet said. Isaiah said, "Here is my servant; I (God) have chosen him. I love him, and I am pleased with him; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will judge the nations fairly. He will not argue or shout; People will not hear his voice in the streets. He will not break the reed that is already bent; He will not stop the light that has almost stopped burning. He will continue until he makes fair judgment win the victory. All people will hope in him." Then some people brought a man to Jesus. This man was blind and could not talk, because he had a demon inside him. Jesus healed the man, and the man could talk and see. All the people were amazed. The people said, "Maybe this man (Jesus) is the Son of David {that God promised to send to us}!" The Pharisees heard the people saying this. The Pharisees said, "This man uses the power of Beelzebul (the devil) to force demons out of people. Beelzebul is the ruler of demons." Jesus knew the things that the Pharisees were thinking. So Jesus said to them, "Every kingdom that is fighting against itself will be destroyed. And every city that is divided cannot continue. And every family that is divided cannot succeed. So if Satan (the devil) forces out his own demons, then Satan is divided. And his kingdom will not be able to continue. You say that I use the power of Beelzebul to force out demons. If that is true, then what power do your people use when they force out demons? So your own people will prove that you are wrong. But I use the power of God's Spirit to force out demons. This shows that the kingdom of God has come to you. "If a person wants to enter a strong man's house and steal his things, first the person must tie the strong man. Then the person can steal the things fromthe strong man's house. "If a person is not with me, then he is against me. The person that does not work with me is working against me. So I tell you, people can be forgiven of every sin they do. And people can be forgiven for every bad thing they say. But if a person speaks against (refuses to accept) the Holy Spirit, then that person will not be forgiven. Any person that says things against the Son of Man can be forgiven. But any person that says things against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. That person will not be forgiven now or in the future. "If you want good fruit, you must make the tree good. If your tree is not good then it will have bad fruit. A tree is known by the kind of fruit it makes. You snakes! You are evil people! How can you say anything good? The mouth speaks the things that are in the heart. A good person has good things saved in his heart. And so he speaks the good things that come from his heart. But an evil person has evil saved in his heart. So he speaks the evil things that come from his heart. And I tell you that people will have to explain about every careless thing they have said. This will happen on the day of judgment. The words you have said will be used to judge you. Some of your words will make you right, but some of your words will make you guilty."

Matthew 12:15-37

Related Scripture Readings

The most important thing is for you to be careful in the things you think. Your thoughts control your life. Don't bend the truth and say things that are not right. Don't tell lies. Don't let yourself turn away from the good and wise goals that are before you. Be very careful what you do. Live a good life. Don't leave the straight path—the way that is good and right. But always turn away from evil.

Proverbs 4:23-27

The last day of the festival came. It was the most important day. On that day Jesus stood and said with a loud voice, "If a person is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. If a person believes in me, rivers of living water will flow out from his heart. That is what the Scriptures say." Jesus was talking about the {Holy} Spirit. The Spirit had not yet been given to people, because Jesus had not yet {died and} been raised to glory. But later, those people that believed in Jesus would receive the Spirit.

John 7:37-39

Good advice is like getting water from a deep well. But a wise person will try hard to learn from another person.

Proverbs 20:5

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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