MY WELL-BELOVED HATH A VINEYARD IN A VERY FRUITFUL HILL (CONTINUED)
Scripture Reading: Mark 12:1-9 "And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
2 And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.
3 And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.
4 And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.
5 And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.
6 Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
7 But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.'
8 And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
9 What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.
5 Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill:
2 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.
We have established that this vineyard represents the people of God and Christ Jesus is Lord. Next, He set a hedge about it. Set is another word that requires several meanings to understand its full weight. It means to place around, set about, to put on a garment, to put or bind a thing around another, to present, to bestow, confer, a thing upon one. Every believer must understand early on that our Protection is inherent in our position in Christ. We are hedged about with Him! To put on a garment means to put on the Lord Jesus Christ thereby putting on the whole armor of God. To put or bind a thing around another refers to our lives being bound together with His, He around us, giving us Strength. Room will not allow for the blessings bestowed or conferred upon us through His righteousness.
Christ Jesus is our Hedge of protection. A hedge is a fence or that which separates or prevents two from coming together. Going deeper, hedge also means to close up to put to silence. One might wonder here why so much emphasis is placed on an enemy when our Protection is so great! Let us refer to Job for example. Satan had to admit to God, "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 (Job 1:10)."
The root meaning of the word hedge is dual. First, it means the midriff or diaphragm, the parts of the heart or the mind which is the faculty of perceiving and judging. Secondly, it means understanding. I Corinthians 14:20 cautions us, "Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men." The mature, believing heart must remember that when God allows access through the hedge, there will be a greater and far superior glory for His purpose, and the hedge will never be breached without God’s permission.