"...proving that this is very Christ." _ Acts 9:22
"...proving that this is very Christ." _ Acts 9:22

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.

ISAIAH 5:1-2

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.

     By this time in our discussion, the Work of Redemption is blazing from this parable of Mark 12:1-9. Continuing, the next act was to build a tower. To build means simply to establish or edify. The foreknowledge of God allowed even the enemies of Christ to testify of Him. In Mark 14:8 when they were falsely accusing Him, they said, "We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands." As such the word build takes on the redemptive meaning to raise up which is precisely what He said in John 2:19, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." We were also raised us together with Him (Ephesians 2:6).

 

     What a tower He built! Not just a fortified structure rising to a considerable height in order to repel a hostile attack or to enable a watchman to see in every direction, but magnifying Himself and allowing us His Body to grow up and be nourished up in Himself. He brought us to Mt. Zion or heavenly Jerusalem and made us towers in His Image as seen by the Psalmist in 48:12, "Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof."

 

Continued

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