Abiding in the Vine
Recently I read the book, Secrets of the Vine, by Bruce Wilkinson, available on Amazon. He clearly teaches God’s plan and desire for His church is to bear fruit, even much fruit. God uses discipline and He uses purging to make us fruit-bearing. There is outward fruit of bearing children and leading souls into the kingdom of God. There is also inward fruit produced within us, known as the Fruits of the Spirit.
His book got me thinking of Chapter 11 of our book, Simply Song of Solomon, which talks about the blessing of fruitfulness and multiplying through the birthing of children. The correlating chapter to Chapter 11 is Chapter 18, as it relates to the church, the Bride of Christ. This chapter describes Israel turning away from God and not abiding in Him but in the vine of Sodom. Israel is in contrast to the church abiding in Jesus, the true vine and God the Father as the husbandman of the vineyard.
The unique way the Holy Spirit led us to interpret the Song of Solomon for the writing of our book, Simply Song of Solomon, was to link words or phrases in Song of Solomon to words or phrases in other verses of the Bible. In the following passage the first link is “clusters” from Song of Solomon to “clusters” in Deuteronomy 32:32. The second link is “vine” in Deuteronomy 32 to “vine” in John 15. The linked words are underlined.
This method of linking words has been an amazing revelation!
Song of Solomon 7:7
This thy stature is like to a palm tree
and thy breasts to clusters of grapes.
stature-from H6965: to set up [“set up the tabernacle of the tent . . .” Exodus 40:2]
breasts-H7699: shad; as in El Shadday, supplies with abundance [much fruit]
day-H1767: as in El Shadday; sufficient for the need
The True Vine
The tabernacle in the desert was the means God provided to meet with His people, Israel. However, they corrupted themselves by turning away from God, their Rock, to other gods. They rejected God and chose instead to connect with their vine of Sodom and Gomorrah which resulted in bitter clusters.
For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges. 32 For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter: Deuteronomy 32:31-32
Jesus builds His church through those who abide in Him, the true vine. We cannot bear fruit except we believe and abide in Him.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, he purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. John 15:1-6
In writing our book, Simply Song of Solomon, we do not consider it profane to relate marital sex to the oneness that Jesus desires for us to dwell in Him and Him to dwell in us. Some may think this is perversion because of wrong thinking about sex. The media has so perverted and twisted people’s perception of sex. Yes, even Christians. God designed marital sex to be beautiful and pure and righteous as taught in the Song of Solomon.
Do you think Christians may have some wrong thinking about marital sex?