By Peter Damian Akpunonu Reverend
The vine is without doubt one of the advantages of the Promised Land. on the grounds that Israel is invaluable within the eyes of Yahweh, she is additionally known as the vine. yet this vine turned degenerate in a few prophetic and knowledge writings. The metaphor used to be taken over within the New testomony the place the dominion of Heaven used to be in comparison to the vine yet with this marked distinction: this vine was once to undergo lasting fruit. this is often so simply because Jesus is the real vine, and his salvific paintings is carried on in His Church.
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Yahweh has occasionally withheld rain in punishment: I will withhold rain from you when there were still three months to the harvest; I will send rain on one city and send no rain on another city. One ﬁeld would be rained upon and the ﬁeld on which it did not rain withered (Amos 4:7). ” 8 times herOm mˆoreh “autumn rain, early rains”. 62 The great blessing of rain is aptly described in Ps 65:9–13 v. 9 You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, so you have prepared it.
G. foxes and wild boars (Cant 2:15; Ps 80:13) and human predators. 57 But with no wall or hedge, cattle and wild beasts enter unhindered. “When a property has no fence, it is open to plunder” (Sir 36: 25). It will be worthwhile to quote here a text of Isaiah. In that day every place where there used to be a thousand vines worth a thousand shekels of silver, will become briers and thorns. With bows and arrows men will come there for all the land will be briers and thorns; and as for all the hills which used to be hoed with a hoe, you will not come there for fear of briers and thorns; they will become a place where cattle are let loose and where sheep tread (7:23–25).
Rather instead of justice, +ap:&im miˇ spaÓt, it produced bloodshed xap:&im mi´spaÓh; instead of righteousness hfqfd: c Ó sed¯aqˆah, it produced cries of oppression—hfqf(: c Ó se‘¯aqˆah. Play on words can hardly escape detection. The great Isaiah is at work. Concrete result of holiness is external justice with fellow human beings: but here instead of love, the extreme opposite is found—bloodshed. It is to be noted that there is no greater evidence for hatred than bloodshed. Instead of cries of joy consequent on right living, there are cries of oppression.
The Vine, Israel and the Church by Peter Damian Akpunonu Reverend