Vines and Rocks

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It is curious to view the comparison of the stories of the vine and the branches, I am the vine and you are the branches, with the imagery of fire tried gold. In fire tried gold, a piece of earthen ore is heated and gold flows from it. The two are separated and the product is finite,though highly refined, precious and pleasing to behold. In the vine and branches the process is dynamic and expanding. The pruning allows more fruit to be produced, as the non fruit producing branches are removed, the vine becomes stronger so that it might branch out and bear even more fruit. Its interesting how many times Jesus used plants as imagery for his teaching, and how few times he spoke about rocks. It is curiouss too that Gold is rare and good for making Idols, whilst fruit is abundaant &  good for eating......

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