“What do you mean when you use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying: The fathers have eaten sour grapes and the children’s teeth are set on edge?”(Ezekie18:2)
A master who plants a tree in his garden for the sake of fruits will come back to it at the right time in search of fruits with hope and expectation. There is nothing wrong on his part in expecting the same. That day, God came to the fig tree in search of fruits but he found nothing but leaves. (Mark 11:13). When He came to the Israelites in search of fruits, it was seen that Israel was bearing fruits for its own benefit. (Hosea 10:1). The vine plant was on a very fruitful hill but what it yielded was fruits of bitter taste only (Isaiah 5:4). But the grapefruits mentioned in the verse were of a sour taste.
When we travel from Madurai to Chennai there is a Railway Station by name ‘Kodai Road.’ Several kinds of fruits like plantains, grapes and oranges plucked from the gardens of Kodaikanal will be sold there. Several passengers will alight at this station for buying fruits.
Once, I was on that station and I saw a man carrying a basket of fruits on his head and selling them. When I enquired about the price of the fruits he gave me a few grapes (Paneer) as the sample. They were sweet and so I bought the fruits from him which he had already packed in a polythene cover. After reaching home I tasted the fruits and understood that I had been cheated. The fruits were not like the sample given by him but were very sour in taste. They were so sour that I feared that of my teeth would fall. Those were the fruits which gave disappointment.
We eagerly expect certain fruits to be sweet but they provide us with the experience of sour taste. Among the mankind also there are a lot of people who bear fruits of the sour taste. Is it not? There are so many cheats like this.
God spoke of three kinds of sourness. He spoke about the leaven of Pharisees, the leaven of Sadducees and leaven of Herod (Mathew 16:6, 11, 12, Mark 8:15). The leaven of Pharisees was the false doctrine of the Pharisees (Mathew 16:12). The leaven of Pharisees was hypocrisy (Luke 12:`1). The leaven of Herod was deceit (Mark 8:15).
If you are not cautious over these sour tastes it will put your life in jeopardy. A little leaven will make the whole lump leaven (I Corinthians 5:6).
The ideas coming out of self-knowledge will also create sour and spoil your life. So get rid of evil nature s and wickedness which are the leaven. Observe the Passover with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth (I Corinthians 5:8).
To meditate: “Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days. And no leavened bread shall be seen among you, nor shall leaven be seen among you in all your quarters” (Exodus 13:7).