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Exodus 28:1-43

I’m running late so I’m going to deal with something I heard taught and have not really researched; although I’ve checked the commentaries I have and not seen this mentioned, but that doesn’t mean there is no truth in it.

And you shall make pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet [stuff] around about its skirts, with gold bells between them; A gold bell and a pomegranate, a gold bell and a pomegranate, round about on the skirts of the robe. Aaron shall wear the robe when he ministers, and its sound shall be heard when he goes [alone] into the Holy of Holies before the Lord and when he comes out, lest he die there. (Exodus 28:33-35 AMP)

Interspaced around the bottom of Aaron’s skirt is a bell and a fruit, a bell and a fruit … The bell represents a “Gift of the Spirit” and the pomegranate represents the “Fruit of the Spirit,” a bell and a fruit. Anyone who has seen the inside of a pomegranate knows that there are a lot of red seed surrounded by fleshy, juicy fruit (An answear to why it is called Fruit of the Spirit and not Fruits?) Bells sound an alarm to heed danger or to get your attention to warn, delight, instruct etc. The purpose being it stops you in your tracks.

“The fruit of the Spirit refers to the virtues of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility) and self-control. “

“The gifts of the Spirit are supernatural endowments for service and are given according to the character of the ministry that is to be fulfilled. The purpose of all gifts is the same: to edify the Body (the Church).”

What I heard taught was this, Bell clanging against bell would be harsh and certainly not melodic so God has placed a fruit next to a bell to soften the tone and sound. We are to temper our gifts with fruit.

In what we have called the Love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul gives a list of gifts which use of, if one doesn’t operate in love, a fruit, there is no benefit for the believer.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but I do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I give over my body in order to boast, but do not have love, I receive no benefit. Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be set aside. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways. For now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NET.)

Fruit doesn’t replace the gifts its just that their use must be tempered with Fruit, a gift and a bell, or a bell and a gift.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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