Wednesday, April 25, 2012

By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them

At the sight of the good tree with good fruit, the shalems are warned of "corrupt" trees, the fruit of which cannot be good.  The bad trees are explicitly tied to "false prophets," who dress as "sheep," and it's hard to avoid making the connection with a corrupt temple hierarchy unworthily dressed as the Lord, the Lamb of God, in the high priest's clothing.

This makes a strong connection with Isaiah 5.  In between the first account of Isaiah's calling (Isaiah 3-4), and the second (Isaiah 6), we are given an interlude about the Divine Woman's vineyard, which despite her ministrations has only brought forth wild grapes.

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