In Solomon 8:11, we read a reference to a vineyard that is let out to tenants. The arrangement is simple. The king rents out the vineyard, and the tenants pay him in silver for its fruit. Recall that Jesus taught a parable about a vineyard let out to tenants in Matthew 21:33-46. However in the parable, the tenants did not keep their end of the bargain. Instead, they beat and killed his servants and eventually his own son. The parable suggests the corrupt religious leaders had beaten and killed God’s prophets and were plotting to kill His one and only Son. After Jesus spoke the parable, He let the hearers guess the fate of the one that had rejected His Son and the mercy He represented. The listeners supposed the landowner would bring the tenants to their end and find tenants that will fulfill the arrangement.
Since the corrupt religious leaders have rejected God’s Son, the Lord has rented His vineyard to us, dear friends. We are to “produce fruit in keeping with repentance” (Matthew 3:8). In other words, we must turn from our sins and change our hearts and minds. We must yield to the Spirit living in us! He will bring forth fruit in the form of “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control….” (Galatians 5:22-23). Then when we meet Him in heaven, He will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (see Matthew 25:23).
If we are ever to doubt God’s deep impassioned love for us, we can refer to the beautiful and very true words from Song of Solomon 8:6-7. It says, “Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it would be utterly scorned.” Nothing can quench the love God has for you. He has placed His seal (the Holy Spirit) inside of you to let you know that you are forever His (see 2Corinthians 1:22). May you always know the depth of God’s love. God bless you, my friends!