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out of Canaan to convince the nation of its   “the peaceable fruit of righteousness -
        blessedness. Pomegranates figured on the   the result of chastening.
        High Priest’s clothing and in the decoration   Twice the fruit is called “pleasant” (vv13,
        of the Temple. The pomegranate is full to   16, KJV), meaning, “distinguished, valu-
        bursting with pink, fleshy seeds … fruit-  able, or precious.” The fruit of the garden
        fulness. God is looking for fruitfulness.   was valuable and precious in Solomon’s
        Fruit is forthcoming when we exercise our   eyes. The fruit which we grow in our as-
        priesthood in the sanctuary and offer up   sembly is of outstanding value to our heav-
        spiritual sacrifices.                enly Solomon. It is precious to His heart.
          “I am the vine, ye are the branches”
        (John 15:5, KJV) says Christ. Fruit is, then,  The Fragrance of This Garden –
        expected on a sliding scale: fruit, more   “Chief Spices” (4:14)
        fruit, and much fruit. May God have His   Camphire is generally accepted by au-
        desire met by increasing fruitfulness in   thorities as henna. The henna plant has
        our assembly.                        yellowy-white flowers but the fragrance is
          There are nine named fruits and spices in   obtained in the form of oil from its leaves
        our verses. Nine is the number associated   and roots. The two Bible references to cam-
        with the Spirit of God. Fruit, the number   phire both appear in Canticles. In chapter
        nine, and the Holy Spirit are brought to-  one, her beloved is likened to a cluster of
        gether in Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV). ”The fruit   camphire. Here, camphire is grown in her
        of the Spirit is, love, joy, peace, longsuffer-  garden. The features of her beloved are re-
        ing, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness   produced in the garden of her life. Should
        and temperance.”                     not features of Christ be reproduced in our
          “Fruit” is in the singular, as it is probably   lives and in our assembly? This flower was
        used as a collective noun. These graces are   discovered in the vineyards of Engedi, a
        best seen in the lovely person of the Lord   wilderness on the edge of the Dead Sea,
        Jesus Christ – but are they seen in me?  except for this oasis where the vines and
          Love, joy, and peace were gifts to His   camphire grow. The assembly is like an
        own which the Lord spoke of in His upper-  oasis in the wilderness of our world and
        room ministry. The other six were graces   should produce what is fruitful and fra-
        exhibited in the life of Christ. The first three   grant for God. The word for henna is also
        graces were exhibited externally, the sec-  translated “ransom” and ”satisfaction.”
        ond three were graces exercised internally.   Surely, when we consider Christ and the
        Are these fruits and fragrances produced   ransom paid, adoration should fill our
        in our assembly for God’s delectation?   hearts and find its expression in worship.
        Other New Testament fruits are:      Blessed be His Name!
          “The fruit of my labour” - service.  Further incense should ascend from the
          “That fruit may abound to your account”   assembly to God when we consider the
        - giving.                            satisfaction brought to the Father’s heart
          “The fruit of the gospel” - evangelism.  by the work of His Son upon the cross.
          “The fruit of our lips” - praise.    How full of expression and truth are
          “Fruitful in every good work” - practical   these OT pictures and types!
        deeds of kindness.                                         - To be continued

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