The Fruit of the Holy Spirit as we count the omer: The Number 9
For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all. But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble. (Matt. 6:32-34 AMP).
- Matthew 3:10
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
- Matthew 7:18
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
- Matthew 7:19
Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
- Luke 3:9
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
- Luke 6:43
For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Often we read the Scriptures from a logical understanding, and we miss the real blessing of the WORD that is hidden. Many believers in Christ are searching for answers to the changes that have happened in our past, and what do they mean for our future. Unfortunately, many so called prophets of God are utilizing what the media shares to justify what the WORD says and it brings insecurity and fear to the body of Christ. Our Heavenly Father is NOT a GOD of confusion. Below is some thoughts to consider which I pray will cause you to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Some people see the number nine as judgment, but it also means Divine Completeness from the Lord. It does speak of finality, but finality of what? Significantly it is three times three. It is the number for the fruit of the spirit and it comes after eight, which represents the new birth. Good fruit follows as the result of the tree being made good. The tree (man) is made good in the new birth (8).
We read in Lev. 25:
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, when ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a Sabbath unto the LORD.
3 Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof;
4 But in the seventh year shall be a Sabbath of rest unto the land, a Sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.
In the Torah of the Old Testament concerning the Sabbath year and what follows, there is both a picture of the new birth and also the fruit of the spirit. Jesus is our Sabbath.
In the same chapter in Lev., we are told what should be eaten in the seventh, eighth, and ninth years.
20 And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? Behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase:
21 Then I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years.
22 And ye shall sow the eighth year, and eat yet of old fruit until the ninth year; until her fruits come in ye shall eat of the old store.
God told the people to eat in the 6th, 7th, and 8th years what was planted in the 6th year. In the 8th year they were to sowed again, and in the 9th year they began to eat of the fruit of what was sown in the 8th year. This is a picture of the fruit of the spirit, represented by number nine, which follows the new birth of the number eight.
Now, before you automatically quote the fruit of the Spirit found in Gal. 5, I challenge you to do a word study on each word according to the Greek understanding, including cultural versus the English theological study most of us are accustom to. Within this fruit carry the seeds of LIFE that will bring you to know the power of His resurrection (selah).
22 the But fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
3588 1161 2590 3588 4151 510 26 5479 1515 3115 5544
23 Meekness, temperance: against such no there is law.
4240 1466 2596 3588 5108 3756 2076 3551
Fruit/is: 3588NT: ho (ho); including the feminine he (hay); and the neuter to (to); in all their inflections; the def. article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom): KJV - the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc.
*Love: 4151 - NT: pneuma (pnyoo'-mah); from NT:4154; a current of air, i.e. breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, a spirit, i.e. (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy Spirit: KJV - ghost, life, spirit (-ual, -ually), mind. Compare NT: 5590.
* Joy: 1510 - NT: eimi (i-mee'); the first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist (used only when emphatic): KJV - am, have been, it is I, was. See also NT:1488, NT:1498, NT:1511, NT:2258, NT:2071, NT:2070, NT:2075, NT:2076, NT:2468, NT:5600, NT:5607.
* Peace: 26: agape (ag-ah'-pay); from NT: 25; love, i.e. affection or benevolence; specially (plural) a love-feast: KJV - (feast of) charity ([-ably]), dear, love.
* Long: 5479: chara (khar-ah'); from NT: 5463; cheerfulness, i.e. calm delight:
KJV - gladness, greatly, (X be exceeding) joy (-ful, -fully, -fulness, -ous).
* suffering: 1515: eirene (i-ray'-nay); probably from a primary verb eiro (to join); peace (literally or figuratively); by implication, prosperity: KJV - one, peace, quietness, rest, set at one again.
* Gentleness: 3115: makrothumia (mak-roth-oo-mee'-ah); from the same as NT: 3116; longanimity, i.e. (objectively) forbearance or (subjectively) fortitude: KJV - longsuffering, patience.
* NT: 5544: chrestotes (khray-stot'-ace); from NT: 5543; usefulness, i.e. moral excellence (in character or demeanor): KJV - gentleness, good (-ness), kindness.
* Goodness: 19: agathosune (ag-ath-o-soo'-nay); from NT: 18; goodness, i.e. virtue or beneficence: KJV - goodness.
* Faith: 4102: pistis (pis'-tis); from NT: 3982; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: KJV - assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.
* Meekness: 4240: prautes (prah-oo'-tace); from NT: 4239; mildness, i.e. (by implication) humility: KJV - meekness.
Temperance: 1466: egkrateia (eng-krat'-i-ah); from NT: 1468; self-control (especially continence): KJV - temperance.
(* Expanded teaching can be found in the Lexical Aids of the KJV Hebrew-Greek Study Bible. I encourage those that are seeking more insight to these words than our English comprehension found in Strong to read the Lexical Aids in the back of this Bible.)