The Lord is always checking His Garden
Songs of Solomon 6: 11 -
I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished, and the pomegranates budded.
Today's message not only gives a beautiful understanding of how the Lord deals with his people but also is a perfect example of Image study.
The scripture talks about a Being visiting the nut (pistachio) garden to see the fruits of the valley. To see if the vine tree is flourishing and is budding pomegranates! v
Most people who have no idea of image study think it is the bride who visits the garden.
The scripture actually talks of the Holy Spirit visiting his people. The children of God here are symbolized as one a pistachio tree and also as vine tree.
If one gets into the characteristics of the pistachio tree one would understand why. I will put this with what it symbolizes.
The pistachio tree grows not more than 10 meters - God's people are not world centric people. 10 being the fullness of the single digit +1, so also God's people are those who earthly desires are for their needs and a little more which is to share with others (1/10th - represents tithe).
The pistachio tree grows well in sunny position and well drained soil - The sun represents the grace of the Son and God's people grow in the grace of God the Son. Earthly water symbolizes sin and well drained soil represents continual repentance. If people of God get set in stagnant sin it will soon destroy them like this tree which develops root rot if the soil is not well drained.
The pistachio nut is specifically taken because of its shell it does not have a very hard shell - The people of God are those who do not harden their hearts. To discern a child of God from a child of this world (vanity) or Satan one needs to look at the heart of that person. Even the villains who became Men of God; if one observes minutely the scriptures they did have something good in them even when they were lost.
The pistachio tree is unisexual and has separate male and female trees - This aspect which is will take me more than this short mail (will need me to write a whole book) to explain. But the clue is that Heaven is only for the Sons of God not the daughters of God. It does not refer to physical gender but to the spiritual gender it has to do with sheep and goats which are part of the Lord's flock.
The vine tree - It refers to the disciples and I had explained in my previous mail about how the Disciples of Christ symbolize the grape vine tree. Summarized they do not stand on their own the Lord is their help. They give best results in extreme situations and are always stretched to their physical limits. They bare best fruit in little lacking of earthly needs.
Pomegranates - they symbolize Truth. If one dissects a pomegranate fruit they will understand the uniqueness and beauty of its structure. I did write on this in my previous mails.
Summarized: The fruit has (4) sections like Truth, 3 are to do with man and 4th is Kingdom of God, which means knowing who man is in God's Kingdom. Each aril as a whole represents understanding and each side a revelation. Each aril cannot be put in any place other than its original unique place. The fruit's name comes from the Latin word 'pomum' meaning 'apple seeded'. Apple of the eye represents Christ and apple seeded means Christ seeded. The whole Bible - the Truth is all to do about Christ.
The Lord regularly audits his people to see if the budding of the Truth is happening via the Disciples of Christ.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord Jesus, You are the Truth and all creation is about You. It is through You, for You and by You that creation was made, exist and will find its purpose. Lord we thank You for finding us worthy to be your children. We thank You Holy Spirit for building us and taking care of us for You are the Husbandman of this garden. Help your workers O Lord, that the complete Truth bear fruit in them and they work selflessly and ceaselessly for the harvest...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the LORD:
3 He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.
4 All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk.
Ezekiel 15:2-4 (Lord rebuking Israel)
2 Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest?
3 Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon?
4 Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the fire devoureth both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burned. Is it meet for any work?
31 And thou shalt make the robe of the ephod all of blue.
32 And there shall be an hole in the top of it, in the midst thereof: it shall have a binding of woven work round about the hole of it, as it were the hole of an habergeon, that it be not rent.
33 And beneath upon the hem of it thou shalt make pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, round about the hem thereof; and bells of gold between them round about:
34 A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe round about.
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