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(Rom 2:28,29) For he is not a Jew, which
is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the
flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and
circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in
the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Commentary: By the latter verses, we are to know that those
of us who have truly experienced the circumcision of our heart
(have been imputed for righteousness, have been born again) are the only
true Jews existent in Father God’s eyes. Therefore, the following “song of
my beloved” is speaking to us, personally. May we additionally note that
once circumcised, one cannot become uncircumcised.
(Isa 5:1-4) Now will I sing to my
wellbeloved [referring to Jesus Christ] a song of my beloved
touching his vineyard [we are the vineyard] [1,2]. My
wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill [by
extension, you and I]: And he fenced it [3,4,5], and
gathered out the stones thereof , and planted it with the
choicest vine [i.e., Jesus Christ], and built a tower
[Heb: pulpit] [for instruction, edification, and defense] in the
midst of it, and also made a winepress therein [Heb: a
wine-vat (whether the lower one, into which the juice drains; or the
upper, in which the grapes are crushed]: and he looked that it should
bring forth grapes , and it brought
forth wild grapes [Heb: poison-berries /// stinking
things]. And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah,
judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. What could have
been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when
I looked that it should bring forth [tamed, obedient, domesticated]
grapes, brought it forth [untamed, disobedient, willful]
(John 15:1,2) I [Jesus Christ] am the true vine
[Gk: a vine (as coiling about a support)], and my Father
[God] is the husbandman [Gk: a land-worker, i.e. farmer].
Every branch [each branch represents each of us] in me
that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that
beareth fruit, he purgeth it [Gk: cleanses:
prunes], that it may bring forth more fruit.
Commentary: “husbandman” = The significance of “husband” in
this descriptive name of Father God serves to indicate that He (Father
God) is married to the land (representing us), and has impregnated the
land (specifically Mary) and brought forth His only begotten son Jesus
Christ from the union of Himself (the Holy Spirit) and Mary (the land).
Thereafter, from that time onward, it is Jesus (the thirteenth generation:
Mat 1:16) who is impregnating the land via the Word of God (John 1:14) to
bring forth an almost 2,000 year “generation” (Psa 22:30) of Christians,
i.e., little Christs (Mat 1:17).
(Job 1:9-11) Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job
fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and
about his house, and about all that he hath on every side?
thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is
increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all
that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
hedge = Heb: to entwine, i.e. shut in (for formation, protection,
(Psa 34:7) The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them
that fear him, and delivereth them.
Commentary: “and gathered out the stones thereof” = stones
are the hard places in our heart that are softened by His love and
extracted (dissolved) by our understanding of God’s purpose and will in
and for our life. The stones symbolize the sinful thoughts and actions
that we insist upon keeping, resisting God rather than the devil (James
4:7), which are contrary to the Word of God.
(Gal 5:22,23) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance
[Gk: self-control]: against such there is no law.
(Isa 5:5-7) And now go to; I will tell you what
I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof
[of formation, protection, and restraint], and it shall be eaten
up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:
And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged;
but there shall come up briers and thorns [Gen 3:18; Mat
13:22]: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain
[1 Kings 17:1; James 5:17] upon it. For the vineyard of
the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his
pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment
[justice, discernment], but behold oppression [domination,
coercion, cruelty, tyranny, repression, subjugation]; for
righteousness [virtue, morality, decency, uprightness, honesty],
but behold a cry [wickedness].
(2 Th 2:6-12) And now ye know what withholdeth
[“is restraining” NKJV] that he [the man of sin] might be
revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity [Gk: lawlessness]
doth already work: only he who now letteth [“restrains” NKJV]
will let [restrain], until he be taken out of the way.
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume
with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the
brightness of his [Second] coming: Even him, whose
coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and
lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of
unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love
of the truth [John 14:6], that they might be saved.
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they
should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not
the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.