You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
33 He shall shake off [chamac] his unripe grape [becer] as
the vine [gephen], and shall cast off [shalak] his flower [nitstsah] as
the olive [zayith]. KJV-Interlinear
33 'He will drop off his unripe
grape like the vine, And will cast off his flower like the olive tree. NASB
Grapes and olives are two fruits that have been well
known throughout history. They are
fruits for eating, for cooking, and they are ingredients for making various
other foods and beverages.
Grapes and olives represent the products of a
productive vine or tree. Successful
production means a good harvest and prosperity for all concerned. Poor production means a bad harvest, and no
prosperity for all concerned.
When the grape vines or olive trees begin their new
production for the season, they first produce a flower or bud of sorts. The grapes develop into small unripe and hard
little grapes, and the olive tree produces a flower readying it for pollinating,
which leads to the creation of the olive.
Both plants have to face the weather, its rains, heat,
or wind, and when these ingredients come together at the wrong time, then the
grapes, which are still small and unripe, get knocked off of the vine and the
flowers of the olive likewise get knocked off of the tree. Some production gets started but fails, other
production never gets started.
This leaves both with no production. Since their
purpose if to produce their fruit, then they as plants are worthless if they do
Such is the spiritually negative person. Every persons purpose in life is to generate
spiritual fruit, or spiritual production.
When a person does not, then they are no different than the unproductive
vine or tree. They are worthless.
All vines and trees are exposed to the storms and
pressures of life, but some are weak and succumb to the worlds pressures.
And so it is with people. Those who lack doctrine in their soul, cannot
hold up against the onslaught of the world.
They give in, as it were, and they become nothing more than historical
filler. They are worthless as far as
history is concerned.
They do not produce good fruit. Most don't produce anything in their
life. Therefore they fail in their
original purpose and design.
This is the case with all unbelievers, and with all
believers who are negative, anti, or indifferent toward their spiritual
life. The only production of the negative
believer is their faith in Christ. That
is enough to save them at least. But
salvation is only a part of ones spiritual life. Believers have to grow up in order to have a
full and complete life.
By ignoring God, Christ, and doctrine, you are in
effect throwing away the very foundation and mechanism of your spiritual productivity.
If you had a vineyard or garden, would you continue to
water and nurture non-productive plants?
No. Your garden is designed to
produce. If you want pretty then you
plant pretty flowers. If you want
grapes, then you plant grape vines.
Those plants that do not do their job, are pulled up and replaced with
plants that do.
The source of spiritual production comes from
residence in fellowship and growth. You
confess to reside in fellowship, you study to learn and grow, and then you
apply what you learn to your life. That
application transforms into your spiritual production.
Doctrine in the soul builds up your garden within your
soul. Your using the principles of
doctrine in your daily life, becomes your production.
So, which are you, a plant worth keeping or a plant
that needs to be thrown away?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.