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Table of contents
- Ecclesiastes Commentary - John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
- Bible Living
- Bible Study Tools
- Ecclesiastes 3:5
- The Conservation of the Vineyard in Our Lives.
- 7 Errors You Commit Before Hitting a Single Shot!.
- Girl in the Yellow Dress.
- Ecclesiastes KJV - A time to cast away stones, and a time - Bible Gateway.
- Gravitys Rainbow (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin).
- King James Version (KJV).
Is it less than what God intended? Thank God, the stones can be cleared away—"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" 1 John 1: But it is not sufficient to admit the presence of stones in our lives; we must permit the clearance of stones in our lives. When the condition of our lives is revealed to us through the preaching of the Word of God and the searching of the Spirit of God, we must be willing for these stones to be removed.
Ecclesiastes Commentary - John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
This will call for humbleness, prayerfulness, and steadfastness. No one can pick up stones without bending down, and this is the only place where God meets us: Then it is evident that no one can pick up stones without securely holding them in their hands, and the very action of lifting these stones is the posture of prayerfulness. We must ask God to deal with our sins, to cleanse our lives, and to renew our spirits. And then it goes without saying that picking up stones is an arduous task; it is heavy work.
It calls for steadfastness. You have to be willing to drop on your knees, pick up those stones, present them, and say, "Here they are Lord. These are the sins that are spoiling my garden life.
As we have already remarked, "He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" 1 John 1: Then follows steadfastness, for it is hard work. In presenting the gospel, our Lord Jesus and His apostles always insisted on this characteristic of obedience and steadfast continuance. Jesus said, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me " Luke 9: The apostles exhorted their converts "that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord" Acts And it is recorded that the early disciples "continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers" Acts 2: God will never take us seriously until we take Him seriously.
This, then, constitutes the cultivation of the vineyard of our lives. We must admit the presence of the stones, and then permit the clearance of those stones. Only thus will our lives become the fruitful land for God to work, by the power of His Spirit. What He is looking for in our lives is fruitfulness.
Over fifty times in the New Testament the subject of fruitfulness is mentioned. And the Lord Jesus reminded His disciples before He went to heaven that "by this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit" John Not just fruit, but "much fruit. Remember that "man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever" Westminster Shorter Catechism. There is no other purpose for your creation, preservation, and redemption than that you should glorify the Father.
A missionary was visited by a Korean convert who had walked miles to learn more about Jesus. After giving his testimony, the young man recited the entire Sermon on the Mount without making a mistake. The missionary was delighted, but felt he ought to warn him that memorizing the Bible is not enough. Its precepts must be put into practice. When he made this suggestion, the Korean's face lit up with a happy smile.
So I decided to grasp just one verse at a time and then follow its instructions as I lived among my friends and neighbors. When I saw how well it worked, I had no difficulty remembering it, and I could go on to the next beatitude. In the parable of Jehovah's vineyard, the prophet is made to say, "My Well-beloved has a vineyard on a very fruitful hill.
Our Lord referred to this parable during His teaching here upon earth Matt. The details, both in Isaiah and in the gospel, are virtually identical. And what the Holy Spirit is saying to us in these words is that in order to conserve the vine and the fruit, the husbandman must gather the stones for a threefold purpose. The stones must be gathered for the wall of protection. He dug it up and cleared out its stones" Isa 5: As we have seen already, "Whoever breaks through a wall will be bitten by a serpent" Eccl. We are told that this stone wall of protection was usually surrounded by a fence, or hedge, of shrubs.
This was to act as a kind of windbreaker against the storms that threatened the young vines. Stones out of place can represent thoughtlessness, carelessness, and laziness; but stones in their rightful place can symbolize the protection of our lives. Thank God for the teaching of His Word and the leading of His Spirit which enable us to protect our lives from the attacks of the world, the flesh, and the devil. I offer no hope whatsoever to anyone who imagines that he can survive the forces of evil in our day and generation without the divinely built wall of Protection. We cannot study the Bible without observing that God has placed sanctions upon our personal, social, and national life.
But when we neglect the authority of God's Word and the sufficiency of God's Spirit, the serpent bites. Outside of the protection of Jesus Christ you have no hope whatsoever. When Satan attacks, remember he is supernatural and you are only natural.
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You must know the mighty indwelling of the Son of God who was manifested to disintegrate the works of the devil 1 John 3: The stones must be gathered for the watchtower of perception. In order to spot unwelcome intruders, one or more towers were built in the vineyard. From these lookout points, vigilant eyes were ever surveying the landscape. What a message this has for you and me! Jesus told His disciples that they were to "watch and pray" Matt.
And Paul, in his Epistle to the Ephesians, exhorts his readers to "[pray] always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints" Eph. Watching sights the enemy, whereas praying fights the enemy.
By the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the instruction of the Holy Word, the Christian is given a kind of spiritual radar which senses the approach of evil. This is the value of the watchtower. Without it the vineyard can be ruined. In the Song of Solomon there is a solemn word concerning the spoilers of the vineyard of our lives. The language is put in the form of this prayer, "Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes" Song 2: Very often these little foxes find a crack in the wall, and unless spotted, can enter the vineyard under cover of darkness and nibble away at the tender vines.
Such destructiveness quickly spoils the promised fruitage. This is why the watchtower is so important. You and I know that it is not so much the big sins that ruin our lives, but rather the subtle little foxes that slip in through unguarded defenses to spoil the tender grapes.
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But the "little foxes" are not the only cause of intrusion and destruction. The passage in Proverbs How important it is, then, to gather up the stones for the building of the watchtower of perception!
Thank God the Word tells us, "When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him" Isa The stones must be gathered for the winepress of production. We are told that stones were utilized for the construction of winepresses. Here is where the grapes were crushed in order to secure the precious wine for home use and sale. And I have no need to tell you that this is what God wants from our lives. And this is the only one whose life He wants reproduced in us by the Holy Spirit. The winepress speaks of the pressures and measures that He exerts upon us in order that the life of Jesus might be seen in us and through us.
Anything less than this is wasted living. As He comes to your vineyard and mine, what has He to say?
Are we bringing forth "fruit," "more fruit," "much fruit"? Or is the Master displeased with the lack of productivity in our lives? The only purpose in the cultivation of our lives is that there should be the conservation of fruit for His glory. We can test the success or failure of our lives on this one issue of fruitfulness. As we have pointed out before, God says more about this matter of fruit than is commonly believed.
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