Scripture extensively references fruit. Its significance generally ranges from harvested crops to progeny to quality of character. But I wish to draw attention to an important aspect of fruit that the Bible doesn’t highlight and perhaps assumes readers’ understanding. People living in first century agrarian society would have easily made the connection.
First: some science on how and why fruit develops. It begins when a plant is pollinated, maybe by an insect or the wind. Once pollen, produced by the male anther, has landed on the female stigma, it forms a long pollen tube that bores down to the plant’s ovary that stores ovules (eggs). Only then does the pollen release its sperm that journeys along the tube to the ovules where fertilization occurs. Continue reading