Again, I am so sorry for not posting my study last week. Life has been busy. We will be wrapping up our study of the Song of Solomon next week. I want to thank you all for hanging in with me for these last 24 weeks!
(*I am taking this post from Mike’s Bickle’s notes. His copyright is the right to copy.)
The Bride’s revelation of her accountability before God.
Solomon had a vineyard at Baal Hamon; he leased the vineyard to keepers; everyone was to bring for its fruit a thousand silver coins. (Song 8:11)
The outcome of living before His eyes is the understanding of the reality of our accountability and eternal reward before God. On the last day, every believer will give a full account of their earthly life to God. Her revelation of eternal rewards dignifies her smallest acts of obedience and gives every day a sense of importance.
King Solomon owned a vineyard that he leased out to keepers. Throughout the Song, King Solomon is a picture of King Jesus. Jesus has a vineyard which speaks of His people (Isa. 5:1-7). King Jesus entrusted His vineyard to His Bride knowing she would keep it for Him. Jesus’ leasing of His vineyard speaks of the Kingdom in this age as being entrusted to His people.
In the parable in Matt. 21:33-44, Jesus made reference to Song 8:11-12, by teaching about a landowner who planted a vineyard, built a tower and “leased” it to keepers then went into a far country (Mt. 21:33). We are living in time when the Lord is in a “far country”.
The Lord entrusted the responsibility to cultivate His vineyard to keepers. Each believer is given a certain stewardship in His vineyard. You do not need to wait for an official job description or a title from a ministry organization to be faithful to your stewardship. Just start serving people!
The Bride understands that “everyone” will give an account to the King for their assignment (Lk. 12:31-48). Each is responsible to cultivate the vineyard in such a way to bring forth fruit. The Lord will reward us based on the measure of our faithfulness, not giftedness or opportunity.
The Lord desires a full return of fruitfulness from each keeper. Each must bring a thousand pieces of silver. The “thousand” is a complete number which speaks of fullness or the full measure that God requires according to what was entrusted to each person. The 1,000 pieces of silver was referred to by Isaiah to mean the fullness of the potential value of the vineyard.
The Bride’s confidence in her faithfulness to God.
My own vineyard is before me. You, O Solomon, may have a thousand, and those who tend its fruit two hundred. (Song 8:12)
The Bride’s own vineyard is before her. In other words, she was aware that she will give an account of the responsibility given to her by Jesus. This includes her personal life and ministry assignment. At the beginning of her journey her vineyard was not kept but now it is (Song 1:6).
The Bride is confident that she is able to give Jesus all that He expects from her by declaring that He may have the thousand pieces of silver that He requires from her in Song 8:11. Enoch before he was taken received the testimony that he was pleasing to God. She had this same confidence to say to God, “I lived to protect and nurture Your people” (Song 8:10).
Enoch…before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. (Heb. 11:5)
She acknowledges that those who “keep its fruit” or her fellow workers will have a portion in her fruitfulness when they stand before God. She only fulfilled her mandate as she worked in team relationship with others. Each worker on the team will share in her reward in eternity. The 200 shekels of silver speak of the portion of reward that her co-workers will receive on the last day.
The Philippians helped Paul financially and he reported that the fruit would be in their account.
Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. (Phil. 4:17)
The Bride says before God, “I am a wall. I am a tower. I am at peace with You. I am ready to give account to You because I have given You the thousand that You asked for.”
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