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The Vineyard

The Vineyard is an interesting place. Usually one associates the vineyard with the church, but then again they also associate the bride of Christ with the church too. But lets look at the vineyard first and see what scripture tells us.
 
 

Isaiah 27: 2-3

In that Day, a vineyard of wine, sing of it!

We have already established what that Day is, but for those who didn't read the Isaiah 27 then according to scripture that day is the great and terrible Day of the Lord. Its great on the one hand for it becomes the vindication of those unjustly wronged and the terrible day for those who did the "wronging".

It is both a day of deliverance for the perishing from the threshing and a day in which the Land is made desolate Leviathan punished and the withered branches burned.

For a better view on that subject look at the Isaiah 27 passage and look at such places as Isaiah 61 where the Spirit of the Sovereign God is upon The Lord and where the day of salvation is equated with the day of vengeance.

Here however we look at the vineyard.

This is Vineyard of wine and there is an apparent imperative to sing about it. The last time I looked at the idea of wine it was in the Song of songs and was equated to a exclamation from the bride about the bridegroom and from groom about the bride. The exclamation was this that the others love or loves were BETTER than wine.

Now this vineyard is constantly watered and guarded , again i recall Song of Songs where it speaks of the rock garden with the finest things in it, some of which are listed, and there is a capped well of water there. Then the bride is referred to as a garden spring of fresh well water. Fresh denoted the flow source below in the water table as possibly artesian and well denotes that the water must be drawn out by hand. This garden is also a locked one denoting the security of privacy and intimacy of the owner over the land.

IN the Old Testament The vineyard was a real place as it is today. It was special and was mentioned usually in conjunction with the field as in an agrarian or farming society field and vineyard go hand in hand. In the Pentateuch or Torah law the same restriction of the farming of the filed applied to the vineyard as well.

For example the harvest law. One didn't cut down all the standing grain in the field because one was to be charitable and provide a four pocket filed of harvest for the one who has none. This is the gleaning law where the edges or corners of the filed are left alone so someone who needed could come in and take what he could carry away, but notice this please the somebody had better have means to cut down the standing grain or else break it off with the bear hand and they would have to do all their own prep work to make the grain into bread! They didn't get it given to them but the resource was provided and this is Abba's way.

Similarly in the vineyard one left pockets of it unculled so that another may come along and be provided for and again here the other person had to do the work to make the grape into juice or wine. The same systemic law applied to groves like the olive grove as well and according to some scholars there was a public olive press at Gethsemane where the heart and loyalty of our Lord was similarly pressed.

In the sabbatical year neither field nor vineyard are tended but whatever is produced is simply taken away and processed as usual without storing in barns. In the jubilee year the same rule applies which is the law o Shabbat that no regular work is done on that day of the week or years of seven or jubilee where a second law cones into play the law of reversion, everything returns to its original owner and state.

The next place other that accounts of folks who owned vineyards, that the idea of the vineyard itself is seen is in Psalms Psalm 80 is a very unusual piece from Asaph, it is a plea for national restoration to God but listen to what Asaph says.

Oh give ear O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock :You who are enthroned above( dwell between) the cherubim shine forth!

2) Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh stir up your power or strength come and save us.

3)(Turn us again )or restore us O God and cause your face to shine on us and we shall be saved

4)O lord God of hosts how long will you be against the prayer of your people?

5)You feed them the bread of tears and give them tears to drink in great measure.

6)You make us a strife or object of contention to our neighbor sand our enemies laugh among themselves.

7)O God of hosts restore us (or turn us again), and cause your face to shine upon us and we shall be saved.

8)You removed (or have brought ) a vine from (out of) Egypt: You drove out ( cast out) the nations and planted it.

9)You cleared the ground (prepared room) before it and (you caused it to take)it took deep root and it filled the land

10)The mountains (hills) were covered with its shadow and the cedars of God with its boughs (branches) (and the boughs (branches) thereof were like the goodly cedars)

11)It was sending our its branches to the sea and its shoots into the river.

12) why have you broken down its (her) hedges so that all who pass by that way pick its fruit ( pluck her)?

13)a boar form the forest eats it away ( wastes it) and whatever moves in the field ( wild beast) feed on it (devour it)

14)O God of hosts turn again now we beseech you; look down from heaven and see ( behold) and take care of (visit) this vine.

15)even the vineyard (shoot) which your right hand has planted, and the son ( branch) which you have made strong for yourself.

16) It is burned with fire, it is cut down; they perish at the rebuke of your countenance.

17)Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand upon the son of man whom you made for yourself.

18) Then we shall not turn back from you, revive ( quicken) us and we will call upon your name.

19) O Lord God of hosts restore us ( turn us again) Cause your face to shine upon us and we shall be saved.

Did you hear the Messianic message here? The one called the Branch the son of the right hand the son of man? And did you know that the Pharisees of Jesus day NEVER called Him son of man? Now I used quotes because i was using the texts of both the Tanach (affore mentioned) and the NASB together where applicable to give the best rendering of the flavor of the text. In both texts the hand in hand idea of turning again and restoration went together which is a season on Abba's calendar called Teshuvah and as of the time i write this piece 7/28/99 it is just two weeks more or less from Teshuvah. Teshuvah is the time for repentance and getting the house of the heart in order before the day of judgement comes in the seasonal calendar. That day is of course Rosh Ha Shannah.

Now look at the idea of the Vineyard as I brought it out from both texts. First it came or was brought out of Egypt. I am immediately sent in my thinking to the foot hills of the Sinai mountain range to the eastern slopes a place they called Horeb which is roughly translated desolation or wilderness. There a contract a wedding took place between the people if Israel the great patriarch now a nation of the same name and the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob/Israel. In His opening address to the people God says I am the God who brought you out of Egypt... So the vine of Psalm 80 is Israel the nation! IN Joshua's book the second generation sons of Israel go in and take their rightful place in the land as it were they take a deep or permanent root or residency and begin to spread out within their boundaries From the Red sea To the Euphrates! Again like as in the last piece we se the idea that the vine took its place and extended into the Egypt and Babylon or Assyria of her day. We might call that witnessing but God may well have called that adultery of a spiritual sort. They were to be an example within the borders that others might come to them but they were never to reach out and become entangled in the other nations. Finally recall the verses 14-16 again where God is beseeched to look at to behold and care for or as the Tanach put it VISIT the vine and lay the hand on the son of man who would put the people of the vine in a place of never sinning again. Verse 16 looks a lot like a verse out of Isaiah 27 verse 11. Where the branches are burned by the women. This is the vineyard forsaken struck and taken advantage of because she was less than faithful and fruitful for her Beloved.
 
 

Once again we find ourselves in Isaiah as wee look through prophetic eyes now at the vineyard.

Isaiah chapter 5:1-7 speaks in the good and the bad of the vineyard, see if you can guess who the vineyard is here before Isaiah says it.

Let me sing now for my well beloved, a song of my beloved concerning His vineyard. My well beloved had a vineyard on a fertile hill.

I want stop for a moment and share a strange thing I just found as I checked the Hebrew out. In this last verse where it says fruitful or fertile hill in English it says Ben Shemem. Now for those who font know Hebrew anything with a Ben in front of it (for the words are hyphenated as they form a compound word) is definitely not a Har or hill or mountain of any kind nor is it fertile, exactly. Ben means son from Strongs # 1129 banah a principle root word meaning to build to obtain to make repair set up and children. Any lady knows that there is a mystery surrounding the womb, where she becomes in effect a workshop providing space protection and nourishment for the work of living creation within which the Almighty does which is the child she will eventually deliver. So it not surprising to see children as part of building for they are the building unto the future of a people.

Out of that we return to Strongs # 1121 Ben a son a builder of the family name. IN other cultures it can be used to suggest one born, bough, branch, breed, young of animals, came up in, child, colt, common, corn, daughter(bat) of first , firstborn, very fruitful whelp, worthy, young one. Mostly though it is a word for son or son of.

Shemem, Strongs # 8081 from 8080, which is shamam a principle root word meaning to shine by analogy to be or to cause or to make ;oily or gross, become or wax fat.

There is another implication of fatness that has nothing to do with needing a diet it has to do with wisdom and discernment the fatness if the fullness of wisdom and discernment. (8081) then grease especially liquid (as from the olive, often perfumed); figuratively speaking can mean richness, anointing or fat things (remember they don't need diets but are full of ) Fruitful, oil (oiled), ointment, olive, pine.

So now we see where the reading of fruitful or fertile came from for who in there right literary mind would ever say " My well Beloved had a vine yard on a son of fullness? Unless you recall that Jesus said to Peter when Peter confessed His true identity as Messiah that upon this rock I will build my church ( Matt 16:18) then you would never be able to understand what the prophet is actually being led to divulge from the throne of Grace. This is the exact statement made to peter but in different words. The vineyard built on the Son of fullness which is another rendering for fatness which is Shemem, is ... us! As well as Israel!

Once again I return to Isaiah but do you see why I had to stop there?

2)And He dug it all around (or fenced it all around), removed the stones, and planted it with the choicest VINE (only one not vine types) and He built a tower in the middle of it and hewed out a wine vat in it ( for the wine pressing) (it is easier to press wine near the vines where a steady supply of grapes can be quickly and easily and continuously be brought to the vat where the stamping out is being done other wise it is exhausting to travel with the grapes to a remote ;location.) ; and He expected it to produce (good) grapes, and it brought forth (worthless ones )wild grapes.

3) And now Inhabitant of Jerusalem and men of Judah Judge between ME AND My vineyard.

4)what more was to do for My vineyard that i have not done in it? Why when i expected it to produce (good) grapes did it produce (wild grapes) worthless ones?

Her I pause again to reflect on the twin ideas of good and grape versus wild and worthless grape. In wine making the vine types are gone through as a vineyard is begun if the winemaker is a beginner and there is a time of trial and error as the various vines are fermented and tasted and time will pass and quite often certain vine types will be spliced into a good hardy stock vine so the fruit will faithfully reproduce certain qualities of the grafts as well as the hardiness of the parent vine. All the rest will be hewn down and pulled up by the root so that resulting vine has all the soil and nourishment it needs to take a deep root and spread out thus increasing the yield. Now id some one has sown a variant seed into the master vine or has snuck a graft in with qualities that ruin the regular grapes then the whole vine is in jeopardy. The vineyard keeper has to then go through the vine from the singular truck to find either other smaller trucks which can be disengaged from the branches of the main vine and then rooted up or try to find a graft site that is improperly or unmarked as the vineyard approved graft. And them carefully remove IF HE CAN WITHOUT HURTING THE REST OF THE VINE. Otherwise sadly the whole thing may have to be destroyed and the vineyard started over.

Any strain of grape that is not authorized by the vineyard owner is a wild grape an uncertain type which may produce characteristics that will ruin the wine and render it unsellable. No vineyard owner will stand long for this. So it is that God reflects on the vineyard and all he did for it and wonders how the grape the cultivated grape went bad.

5)So now let me tell you what I am going to do to My vineyard; I will remove its hedge and it will be consumed (eaten up) I will break down its wall and it will become trampled ground (trodden down).

6)And I will lay it waste it will not be pruned or hoed (dug). But briars and thorns will come up and I will charge (command) the clouds to rain no rain on it.

7) For the Vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah His delightful plant, thus he looked for justice (judgement) but behold bloodshed (oppression); for righteousness but behold a cry. ( of distress)

Isaiah does confirm that Israel is the vineyard but the principle root vine are the men of Judah. Isn't it interesting that the ones indicted are the very ones called to judge between God and themselves?

Also add to this that most theologians equate the idea of the vineyard with the church. But if this is so then is being of this vine such a great thing?

In another entry Isaiah 24 which is often referred to as part of Isaiah's little apocalypse we see a terrible troubling in all the land and as it is happening there is mention that the vine decays. This may be done in detail later on but a good self read of the chapter will yield fresh insight.

I am well aware that the Song of the vineyard has yet to be properly sung to you who are beloved of the Beloved but the message of the truth must precede the comfort so remember that you are the good grapes who weep and mourn now whose passion and heart is enflamed by the mere mention of His name.

Again in Isaiah 32 the vine is mentioned as the complacent daughters are told the vintage is ended and are told to tremble to don sackcloth and beat the breasts for the pleasant vine. However i do also note that the similar themes of the briars and the destruction of the vineyard poor fruit and sin are retold in these chapters too. As if someone were trying to warn the nation of impending doom.

Now we turn to the prophet Jeremiah who continue the theme of anger against a people rebellious and the destruction and bloodshed which will follow. Now if Isaiah and Jeremiah are not contemporaries Isaiah gave his message from 740-690 bc during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, Hezzekiah and Manasseh in the southern kingdom of Judah which was loyal to David. Whereas Jeremiah comes on the scene at 625-585 bc during the reigns of Josiah Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, Zedekiah, and was there at the taking of Jerusalem and tradition says was released by Nebuchadnezzar and they took him tom Egypt. He also speaks to the southern kingdom and yet the message Has not changed.

The first time we see the vineyard in Jeremiah is in the middle of a scathing rebuke to Jerusalem about their apostasy.

Jeremiah 2:20-22

For long ago (of old time) i broke your yoke and tore off (burst) your bonds; (here is choose the Tanach over the NASB for the translation is wrong in the NASB) and you said i will not transgress; (But you said I will not serve! [ serve as in serve another not as in not not serve God] ) (once again using both texts)for (when) upon every high hill and under every tree you played the harlot ( you have lain down as a harlot).

21)Yet i planted you a choice (noble) vine, a completely faithful seed (wholly a right seed) how then have turned yourself before Me into the degenerative shoots of a foreign vine? ( how then are you turned into the degenerative plant of a strange vine unto Me?)

22) "Although you wash yourself with much lye (nitre) and use much soap, the stain of your iniquity is (marked) before Me", declares the Lord God

Again anyone looking would recall that we are speaking about Israel and the church but here's the problem the nation of the Old Testament and the entity of the New are separated by a calendar change several; hundred years between prophets and The Prophet (according to Zachariah that was what John the Baptist was yet John refereed to himself as the voice) and the cross of salvation the blood of perfect redemption. Yet the symbol stands and the truth cries out to be heard even now so how is it that we are planted perfect and are now fast degenerating into a strange plant before the Almighty?

The next time vine is mentioned and not as a comparison is in Hosea 10:1-2

Israel is a luxuriant (fruitful) vine, he produces fruit for himself the more his fruit the more altars he made; the richer his land, the better he made the sacred pillars. ( a look at 1st Kings14;23 explains the sacred pillars. (23)For they (Judah) built for themselves high places and sacred pillars and Asherim on every high hill and beneath every luxuriant tree.)

2) their heart is faithless (divided); now they must bear their guilt (they shall be found faulty). The Lord (he) will break down their alters and destroy their sacred pillars (spoil their images).

Look at the cycle here Israel comes into the land and is blessed but does he give God credit? No he goes out and takes of nature and makes Asherim and images or sacred pillars and a plethora of alters. But do you note that they are found faulty? I am reminded of the old handwriting on the wall weighed, weighed found wanting or was that faulty as in an uneven weight which is an abomination before God as in the old double standard?

Is this a problem in your church double standards?

Once again it must be pointed out that every reference to the vine as Israel can also be the reference to the church as the out branching of the true vine who is Jesus.

I knew we would finally come to this prophet. His name is Joel and the armies he spoke of so long ago are now a reality and both are of God. One is the vast organized army that locks ranks goes through and defoliates everything in its path leaving it stripped and vulnerable to infection the other is well you read it yourself and guess. But let me ask you this; would you want to be the victim of a locust plague or the poor locust who is ringed with fire and emolated?

This is what the locust did to the vine.

I will focus on Joel 1 4-7

What the palmerworm (gnawing locust) has left the (swarming) locust has eaten; what the (swarming) locust has left the (cankerworm) creeping locust has eaten; what the cankerworm (creeping locust) has left the caterpillar(stripping locust) has eaten.

5)awake drunkards ,and weep; and wail (howl) all you wine drinkers, because of the (new) sweet wine; it is cut off from your mouth.

6) for a nation has invaded My land mighty and without number, whose (his) teeth are the teeth of a lion, and has the fangs ( cheek teeth) of a lioness (great lion).

7)He has laid My vine waste and barked my fig tree (made My vine a waste and My fig tree splinters); and has stripped them bare and cast them away; the branches thereof are made white.

First Joel equates the locust swarm a devastation that actually happened in his day with an invading army whose teeth are like the great cats that grab and tear and rip apart. Imagine what would happen if the swarms got hold of Nappa Valley vineyards if you will or the vineyards the Gallow families. Imagine the howl that would arise from the loss of these relatively common wines from the market. Now you begin to see the devastation. But there is more to note this vine produced wine and the drinkers of it were without next years crop.

One more thing I offer on this the idea of the howling drunk. Here is the fellah whose life is spent on booze because he uses it to escape or anesthetize. This fellah is out of touch with everything around him and is unable to stay our of harms way. This fellah has no understanding or discernment because he is to addled with liquor to have it and he is to swilled in his brew to care, neither of which God likes. This the fruit of the vine that is over consumed in a manner that is unworthy of the fruit produced, in fact one person has gone so far as to suggest that drunkenness in the Old Testament was akin to idolatry when it came to things spiritual.

I have done the Hebrew and I don't see the connection but then again I am not a expert.

But anything that replaces God and becomes all consuming that is not God Himself even and including the things of God is idolatry and spiritual adultery for the only thing that should move us is Him Himself.

Once again we look at the vineyard or the vine in the next chapter of Joel and there is a completely different tone here. Our vine has been stripped by the invading army with fangs as it were like the lion as it were who stripped to the bark then removed the bark as well leaving the main vine white or exposed and the branches that do still exist exposed as the main trunk. As i ponder on the previous statement made by Joel a slow realization dawns on me. The enemy we are told in the New Testament goes about as a roaring lion (lions roar at the kill at competition and when they do the teeth are bared and they are more likely top bite then than any other time) seeking whom he may (be able or allowed )to devour. (1Peter 5:8) this in Joel 1 is the awful picture of just such a devouring. We are also told that there will be a great falling away from the faith 2nd Thessalonians 2:3 which has often been referred to as the great apostasy wherein as it happens the man of sin is to be revealed. This if the image holds true is that great apostasy. In the Old Testament it was the coming of Nebuchadnezzar and the time spent in Babylon that gave rise to a great amount of apostasy, then again after the 70 ad dispersion of Jewry things such as the holocaust and the ways of the nations in which the Jew lived at odds with his neighbor because of his faith which often made for compromised and once started that in turn became its own apostasy. Further if the image of the vine and the vineyard holds true and it also refers to us as Christians then again the analogy applies where we compromise we begin to apostatize and then we fall prey to the apostasy clause of Hebrews 6:4-6 which basically says after having been a partaker of the divine and tasted of the goodness of God we fell away we would not be brought to repentance again for Christ will not be crucified twice to an open shame. Once is ever enough and to leave after all this is top not have true in the first place. I don't speak of deluded for those never had the truth but I speak of those who sell out and walk away. This is Joel's vision this is the great apostasy and the army of the various types of locusts are the varying vehicles of temptation that we yield top and compromises we make.

Selah
 
 

In the next chapter Joel says this and I close out Joel with this one verse.

2:22 Do not fear, beasts of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness have turned green, for the tree has borne its fruit, the fig tree and the vine have yielded in full.

Why? Because they have been restored and what was stripped is renewed and now they latter is far greater than the former. But God intervenes and that is the key, God Himself steps into the picture and does a "great thing".

Why else do the apostles and Jesus Himself constantly warn us not to let anyone deceive us or cause to fear?

Finally I close the Old Testament with Jeremiah

This is a particular piece aimed at a specific position and the finger gets pointed squarely on that position. So i first open it by quoting James in James 3:1 Let not many of you become teachers knowing that they incur a stricter judgment.

The reason is found in Jeremiah 12:7-13

I have forsaken My house, I have abandoned My inheritance have given the beloved of My soul into the hand of her enemies.

8) My inheritance has become to Me like a lion in the forest; She has roared against Me; therefore I have come to hate her.

9) My inheritance is like a speckled bird as the birds which are round about her; come gather all the you beasts of the field, come to devour.

10) Many shepherds (pastors - Tanach) have ruined My vineyard, they have trampled down My field; they have made My pleasant field a desolate wilderness.

11) It has been made a desolation, desolate it mourns before Me; the whole land has been made desolate, because no man lays it to heart,

12) on all the bare heights in the wilderness destroyers have come, for the sword of the Lord is devouring from one end of the land to the other; there is no peace for anyone.

13)They have sown wheat and have reaped thorns, they have strained themselves to no profit. But be ashamed of your harvest because of the fierce anger of the Lord.

But in the gospels there is another light shed on the vineyard.

Matthew chapter 20 part of the kingdom parables where the kingdom is compared to a vineyard.

The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for His vineyard.2) and when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius for the day, he sent them into His vineyard.

3)and he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the market place; 4)and to those he said, "you too go into the vineyard, and whatever is right i will give you". And so they went.

5)again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did the same thing.

6)and about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing; and he says, "why have you been standing here idle all day long?"

7)they say, "because no one hired us." He says, "you too go into the vineyard."

8)and when evening had come the owner of the vineyard says to his foreman, "call the laborers and pay them their wages beginning with the last group first"

9)and when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each received a denarius.

10)and when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more; they also received each a denarius.

11)and when they received it, they grumbled at the landowner,

12)saying, "these last men worked only one hour and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the scorching heat of the day."

13) but he answered and said to them, "friend I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius?

14)Take what is yours and go your way but I wish to give the last man the same as to you.

15)Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?

16) thus the last shall be first and the first last.

Here the vineyard is a workplace and with the bevy of workers it is probably time to harvest and tred the grapes, so the owner hires and the clue to the tredding is that he hires at intervals getting in fresh labor as the others tire out. So the job is done and speedily and also the ones in the market bore the burden of the heat and the fruitless day. So they in that way as well as being the tredders earned their pay. Notice too that only the first had the problem of the pay an it is with these that the owner settled the bargain, not with the others for ideally they should've gotten less.

There is one price, the crown of salvation and all who endure to the end of the day get it.

The next parable involving the vineyard is the vineyard parable. Matthew 21:33-41

Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard and put a wall around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower, and rented it out to vine-growers, and went on a journey.

This sounds like something we read back in the Old Testament doesn't it ? It is He is using Isaiah 5:1 the song of the vineyard. Now we will have an answer as to what happened to the vineyard.

34)and when the harvest time approached, he sent his slaves to the vine-growers to receive his produce.

35)and the vine-growers took the slaves and beat one and killed another and stoned a third .

36)again he sent another group of slaves larger than the first; and they did the same thing to them.

37)But afterward he sent his son to them saying, "surely they will respect my son"

38)But when the vine-growers saw the son, they said among themselves, "this is the heir; come let us kill him, and seize his inheritance."

39)and they took him and threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.

40) Therefore when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-growers?

41)They say to Him, "He will put those wretches to a wretched end and will rent out to the vineyard to other vine-growers, who will pay him proceeds at the proper seasons"

Now the kicker is on verse 45)

And the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables and knew HE WAS SPEAKING ABOUT THEM.

These are the teachers and lawgivers and spiritual leaders of Israel in Jesus day and this is what their God has to say to them?

This same parable is repeated in Mark 12:1-12 and Luke 20-19

Now God when He wants to underscore a certain thing He will say in multiples usually thrice told and this is recorded in three separate gospels so it is worthy of understanding

If the vine-growers or husbandmen who were solely responsible to see to the pruning watering and caretaking of the vine wanted to usurp the proceeds and then the vineyard for themselves and the religious leaders of Jesus day knew He was talking about them that they were the vine-growers, then if we as leaders in the church realize that we are the new equivalent of the caretakers of old can it be that the same spirit of Lordship and envy towards keeping what is His for ourselves and pandering to ourselves which is basically a self-serving heart, is with us even now?

Now for those of you who still await the Song of Songs and who are not held by this scathing rebuke, dry the eye and await the glory for you are those who receive the vineyard and will faithfully tend it and give the Glory and the Produce to the King of Glory in due season.

Those of you however who believe me insane, I thank you for the compliment. Those of you who curse me under your breath and know I am telling the truth and are angry well be angry and sin not and don't let the sun go down on your wrath.

We have seen the vineyards ruination and the pain of it and we have begun to understand that God let it out to ruination for its poor produce, and that it is the fault of the hearts of the seed gone bad and it is the teaching of the those who have in them the leaven of the Pharisees which is either error in teaching for they are without discernment and a proper understanding of scripture and the heart of Abba or the leaven of the Pharisees and Herod which is pride and a hardened heart or the other leaven of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy.

And now Let me sing you the Song of Songs

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