Summary: How long should it take for us to bear fruit and mature in Christ? Here is a little insight from the book of Leviticus.
THE YIELDING YEARS
Today, I would like to jump back into the Book of Leviticus to check out a passage of Scripture that paints an incredible picture of the life of a believer.
Typically, most people kind of shy away from the book of Leviticus (as its name states) it is one of the most extensive books covering God’s Law – how His people could practice the Levitical ceremonies He ordained.
However, tucked away in this book of difficult context and obscure practice, there are some real treasures that God has left for us to glean from – that is what we will do today! I want to look at the YIELDING YEARS.
Leviticus 19:23-25 23And when ye shall come into the land, and shall have planted all manner of trees for food, then ye shall count the fruit thereof as uncircumcised: three years shall it be as uncircumcised unto you: it shall not be eaten of. 24But in the fourth year all the fruit thereof shall be holy to praise the LORD withal. 25And in the fifth year shall ye eat of the fruit thereof, that it may yield unto you the increase thereof: I am the LORD your God.
Now I know that we aren’t orchard farmers in here, and at first this passage really doesn’t have much significance to us today – but please bear with me and lets see if we can glean some practical principles that God was seeking to teach His people.
I want to start off by looking at the context in which this instruction is given:
Leviticus 19:22 22And the priest shall make an atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering before the LORD for his sin which he hath done: and the sin which he hath done shall be forgiven him.
God speaks in the verse before about an atonement that would be made – a trespass offering for sin – and the forgiveness that would come by that offering (a ram without spot or blemish).
Right after mentioning this forgiveness that could come from the sacrifice of a ram (incredible OT picture of Christ – the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world John 1:29) God speaks of coming into “the land”.
John 5:24 24Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
1 Peter 2:9 9But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
As they entered into this “PROMISED LAND” they were instructed to plant all manner of trees.
Leviticus 19:23 23And when ye shall come into the land, and shall have planted all manner of trees for food, then ye shall count the fruit thereof as uncircumcised: three years shall it be as uncircumcised unto you: it shall not be eaten of.
A) THE PLANT
This is where this passage really begins to COME ALIVE!! Because as we study the Word of God and compare Scripture with Scripture or (spiritual things with spiritual 1 Corinthians 2:13), we see some interesting parallels between trees and men!