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May 24, 2022 9:54 am
Song of Songs 1: 6 Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.
To dig into the statute aspect of this verse the word Solomon uses for "keep" is unique in that it starts with the letter nun- The Miracle verse of which is "I Have inclined my heart to Keep that statutes always even unto the end"... The point being the passion of the letter nun and the seed or faith aspect, as in in this worth dying for as Jesus said in His famous John 15 vine teaching -"Greater Love hath no man than to lay down his life for his friend."
So abide is huge as is Psalm 80 when it comes to studying vines as well. This episode will explore this and much more.
This is the Truth Network treasurers song of songs, which is God called inaudible this morning for me as we were thinking we might move on to verse seven, but he had me go back to and dig around more. Oh my goodness, what, what a harvest is in verse six as you know, our quest here so far as were entering into this whole idea of the song of songs is how does this how does this represent the statutes and all these things that are engraved on our heart, so to speak these things that are obviously have to do it our marriage to Christ and our proximity to him and so there's clearly in this verse six, much that we have not dug into specifically the two words that we didn't talk about yesterday. Much being vineyard and kept so you know those both being very much Bible words and very much significant when it comes to the idea of statutes, especially the way that Solomon wrote these words and so it's just spectacular to think from my standpoint, how many different places you can find these ideas number one is in Genesis right because the very first thing they got kept according to God was. Adam was put in the garden to keep it that word keep is a different word than Solomon use here. However, there is certainly a garden, and the idea of a garden and idea of the vineyard is throughout, no doubt, song of Solomon, but think how much the idea of the vineyard is and you know at some is going to read this verse again in English were to dig into it some more. So verse six of the song of Solomon chapter 1 look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun has looked upon me.
My mother's children were angry with me and made me a keeper of the vineyards, but mine own vineyard have I not kept. So interestingly, the word that Solomon uses for keep here is so different than normally that the word would be used for. Keep in specifically to get down into bad and you know that in the Hebrew of that word is spectacular.
I mean it just is not used as a keeper except here in this particular set of verses because usually it has to do with being angry and it fits in so well with the passion through which you know Solomon uses throughout this book, I mean everything is the passionate form of something. Oh the word that he uses for keep here I suppose would be pronounced Netter but anyway the way that it's spelled as was significant to me. It starts with a nun where that the word kept her I would keep statutes and that kind of thing is usually sure mar which would be a shin instead of a nun. But this word starts with a nun. And if you think about it. The word that none of the letter nine in the word non-has so much to do with faith. And I want to get back to since were talking about statutes if you remember the miracle verse and letter none, says I've been trying my hardest to keep thy statutes always, even unto the end. In other words, here is this talk about something to keep ahead and so you know when he uses this idea here of keeping is got so much more passionate. It has to do with like I said in many cases anger and and so here. How do we keep our gardens and you can't help but think right of John 15 and John 15 is so glorious when it comes to the side of the vineyard and just to go back to that idea of John 15 and statutes and commandments, I think it has everything to do with our study here because as you look at what Jesus said. Obviously, I am the vine, you are the branches and the idea of vines and branches is so huge to what we been talking about all throughout the hundred 19 Solomon now in this, some picking it up in verse seven, because it seems so close to what God is teaching me. It says if you abide in me and my words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you will and it shall be done unto you, and other if his words abide in you and here we have I think so much.
This idea of you know what we believe and also you know is you're memorizing Scripture as your thinking about Scriptures you're meditating on it. The words abide in you, and as they abide in you, that becomes, these statutes and the idea of this vineyard, and of course you know it starts off with. I am a vine and you are the branches and you can't help but see again the Psalm 80 that King David wrote that obviously Solomon would be aware of when he wrote this whole idea about the vineyard and the vineyard and the sheep come together in so many different ways. In Psalm 80, so just pick up Psalm 80 here in verse eight thou has brought a vine out of Egypt. Thou hast cast out the he then implanted that prepare his room before it ended cause it to take deep root and it filled the land.
The hills were covered with the shadow of it and its bows. There were like the goodly cedars and again your gives you read the rest of this Haiti is home you can see how much it has to do with this this idea, and in clearly. Interestingly, one of the places where he mentions branches he actually even uses son that is that this is the divine is the sun and so many different ways and is also the word of God and so many different ways and so as we abide in the idea of the word of God is this vine it just if it's in so you know if we get deeper in the word if we abide deeper in the word.
If we do all those things you know here we are gonna bear much fruit, which is the idea of this and very fascinatingly, if you will note as we study this verse six.
It will very quickly turn to sheep and so because the next thing they want to know is our abide right were working to get to that verse tomorrow, but I think it's more than fascinating is one of note to start out by saying how cool is it that were going to use these two metaphors that are used clearly throughout the Scriptures to be.
That's what the holiness of this book is all about. To me, Solomon hones right in on the things that Jesus would teach about and give us a better understanding than ever of how these things fit together so is where thinking about you know the whole idea here of, are we being forced to keep or to guard with our passion or have faith because the difference between the way we normally would say keep in the word that that Solomon used here is where is your faith. Do you believe in what you're doing. In other words, in this idea of faith is this idea of is this worth dying for. To you I mean do you believe so passionately that that you will guard this with your very life and and again this guard that that that Solomon uses is is is a spectacularly passionate word, and so you know of regarding somebody else's vineyard, and we really, really believe in it than it is it of God, is it our vineyard to an end so you know I'm feel very blessed work for truth broadcast with regard to word of God and so many other ways. And so I you know it it away at Stu Epperson's vineyard, but I can definitely tell you, knowing Stu as I do that it's Jesus's vineyard that were working on here and and and working on keeping his word and tending that particular vine and and so as we do that, you know, we're gonna seek the shepherd, which will get to tomorrow. You know, but I didn't want to leave these ideas behind because there so clearly connected to this idea of statutes that were in search of is how can we see you know what it is that we are supposed to be meditating on water were supposed to be keeping when it comes to these statutes and here we have this whole idea of Jesus the vine and the branches were were so well explain how we and apart from him. We can do nothing and you know if his words abide in us in the word abide.
Abide in all of this has to do with faith, but I would be remiss if I didn't share one other really really cool thing is, the word vine in Hebrew is a gimbal and a pay and a nun okay and so when you think about a gimbal right deal bountifully what I serve as the gimbal section of the hundred 19 Psalm which clearly a vine deals bountifully with us. In effect, you can go through the whole gimbal section and think about it it's it's worth just meditating on looking at the gimbal section and thinking about how Jesus is divine and he does that, but the last verse in the gimbal section. You might remember is that I testimonies are my delight and the man of my counsel.
In other words, it's his story that that he is taking to us and in the letter pay which is the second letter in the word vine has everything to do with his presence, remember, turn my face upon my servant and all that stuff is on the pay section right and rivers of waters run down mine eyes, for they keep not by login very connected to the vine. There and then of course the nun is now that word ends vine okay and it's a final note, which looks like a nail. By the way, and so that none again.
We talked about the miracle verse and letter none again is that word vine is I've incline my heart to keep thy statutes always, even to the thanks for this