Today’s Scrip-Bit 31 December 2009 Matthew 12:34‏

Matthew 12:34      O generation of vipers, how can ye being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
Oh Friends, New Year’s Eve, the big party day, is here at last! Everybody’s taking out their best party clothes and polishing up their dancing shoes, cause tonight’s going to be a big night on the town; lot’s of fun and plenty hoopla! Anyway, let’s remind everybody to be super careful: NO drinking and driving; NO hassles or arguments. LEAVE your guns, knives and whatever weapons you possess at home. We want tonight to be a clean night, one of just fun and frivolity, of peace and LOVE, celebrating the end of a painful year for our world. Let’s not make it any worse than it already is. However, as we can see from our Bit, it’s difficult, if not impossible for the offspring of evildoers to speak good tidings. ‘O generation of vipers, how can ye being evil, speak good things?’ Jesus made this statement when talking about good and corrupt fruit. He states: ‘Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.’ (Mat.12:33) And that’s no lie my people. We can tell almost any tree from the fruit it bears. The same goes for people. So how can evil, sinful people do good eh? John the Baptist likewise admonished the Pharisees and Sadducees when they came to be baptized. ‘O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.’ (Mat.3:7-8) Meaning to say that baptism would be of no avail, unless they changed their evil ways and did deeds that were worthy of repentant sinners, worthy of Jesus’ name. Later on, Jesus again denounced the scribes and Pharisees: ‘Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?’ (Mat.23:33) Yes Friends, iniquity workers, purveyors of evil will not escape eternal darkness and damnation since they bring forth evil fruit. Heaven is reserved for those bringing forth good fruit. And as it’s impossible for a tree to bring forth both good and evil fruit at the same time, then we must produce either one or the other. As James queries: ‘Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water with bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.’ (James 3:11-12) Likewise my Friends, we can’t produce good and bad at the same time. Whatever is predominant in our nature, in our hearts, is what will come out. As Jesus clarifies: ‘for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.’ It means my people, that if our heart is predominantly evil, then mostly evil will flow from our mouths. And believe me, there are a lot of evil hearts currently floating around in our society, judging by the large number of evil words and deeds being spoken and perpetrated. Bruh David justified not killing Saul, when he both had the chance and good reason, by saying: ‘As saith the proverbs of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.’ (1 Sam.24:13) He was insinuating that Saul’s soul was evil, since he came out, hunting him down like a wild animal, when he’d done no wrong. However, he, Bruh David, would not touch the Lord’s anointed, because he highly valued his soul before his good and perfect God. And in talking, re the coming reign of the righteous king, Isaiah said: ‘For the vile (foolish) person will speak villainy (foolishness), and his heart will work iniquity, to practice hypocrisy (ungodliness) and to utter error against the Lord, to make empty (unsatisfied) the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.’ (Isa.32:6) Yes my people, the state of our hearts will most certainly dictate our words and deeds, for as our Saviour rightly declared; It is not what we ingest that destroys us, ‘But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.’ (Mat.15:18) Therefore Friends, it’s imperative that we continuously monitor the state of our hearts, and make sure that they are good and Christ inspired because, in Jesus’ words again: ‘A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.’ (Mat.12: 35-37) There we have it Friends, the ultimate authority on the matter; our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I can only encourage us to do as He advises. We therefore need to check our hearts, clean them up, make them right hearts, so that whatever issues forth from us is good and decent, edifying, as Bruh Paul says. For remember, we’ll be saved or condemned by our own words. Much LOVE!…may the words of my mouth…and the meditation of my heart…be acceptable in thy sight…O Lord…

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