Israel, a transplanted vine, the Church
“You transplanted a vine from Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.
You cleared the ground for it, and it took root and filled the land.
The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches.
Its branches reached as far as the Sea, its shoots as far as the River.” (Psalm 80:8-11)
Vine is the people of Israel whom God delivered them out of Egypt where they were slaves.
God drove out many nations before Israelites and planted them in the land which He gave.
Likewise, Vine is the Church of God, redeemed by the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, God delivered us from our Egyptian life or sinful life where at once we were enslaved to sin.
God drove out all the nations that is what all the evil spirits from us through the Blood of Lord Jesus Christ and by the word of Lord Jesus Christ. (while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. John 15:2)
we are His branches that covers the mountains and even the mighty cedars. We are greater than the mountains which refers to the authorities of this world. The one who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world.
God expects us to be fruitful:
“I will sing for the one I love a song about His vineyard:
My loved one had a vineyard (Church) on a fertile hillside.
He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with choicest vines.
He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well.
Then He looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit.” (Isaiah 5:1,2)
God planted us on a fertile hillside, He dug it up and clear the stones, (cleared our sins) and planted it with the choicest vines (with His chosen people).
He also built a watchtower, a wall which is by (the Blood of Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of Lord Jesus Christ) to protect us from the evil one.
Then He is looking for a crop?
Are we bearing a good fruit or a bad fruit?
Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then He rented to some farmers and moved to another place. When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.
“The tenants seized His servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. Then He sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. Last of all, He sent His Son to them. ‘They will respect my Son,’ He said.
“But when the tenants saw the Son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come lets kill Him and take His inheritance.’ So they took Him and threw Him out of the vineyard and killed Him. (Matthew 21:33—39)
God, the Father sent His servants, His prophets into His Vineyard, to collect His fruit. But the tenants killed them. At last God sent His own Son Lord Jesus Christ into His Vineyard to collect His fruit. They killed His Son by nailing Him on the Cross.
Lord Jesus Christ gave His life for His Father’s Vineyard, for us who are His people.
God the Father brought those wretches to a wretched end.
That is what our God and Lord Jesus Christ are very zealous for their vineyard.
Church, a transplanted vine.