33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good,
or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad,
for a tree is recognized by its fruit.
“A farmer had two apple trees which indeed grew apples. One tree hated the farmer and became deceptive towards the apples. It told them, “The farmer is evil” and “He is a make believer of pretend things” as well as “He doesn’t love you.” The neighboring tree also spoke to its own apples and said, “The farmer does love you” and “He believes in faith and prosperity for all” as well as “There is no need to fear Him”. It was pretty clear that one tree had a loving perspective while the other had an evil one. One day a freak snow storm happened and the farmer came running out to his trees. He carried a basket and sled along a ladder intending to pluck away the apples. The first tree, because he feared to endure the storm by himself, said, “Quickly, you must hide! He is not here to save us but to take you away forever!” As the farmer tried to pluck the apples, they would scatter.. they would hide.. they would even make demands for what they desired even in that time of ill circumstance. The farmer had to ignore their defiance and ill timed demands and went to the other tree. “Go quickly,” said the second tree, “He is here to save you. To bring you to warmth and good shelter!”, “But what of you?” asked one of the apples. “go and be safe and all I ask is that you remember me.” When the storm was over the farmer came back with an axe and saw to the first tree. All the apples had rotted away or had been thrust out of the farmland hedge to the other side of the fence where he could not go. He attempted to chop down the tree but it fell over in one strike because it lacked roots. The farmer then looked at the second tree and chopped at the roots to bring it closer to his home where he could keep it safer from freak storms.”
“But what does this answer mean to the parable?” they asked. “It means, that as parents we must be sure to teach the truth of our God. It means as teachers we must be sure to be kind and loving. It means that as a pastor to his congregation he must be willing to teach the word of God without selfish desires. Willing to give his followers mercy over a choice of sacrifice. It means that the apples which are good come from a tree that cares to fill it with good tiding. It means, keep Christ as your root to all things.”
But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.