HELPMATE DAYS 4-6

Psalms 128:3  Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house; thy children like olive plants around thy table

 

The symbolism of a vine is used throughout the Bible.  John 15:5 says I am the vine, ye are the branches; He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit, for without me ye can do nothing.

This is Jesus speaking to the disciples at the last supper. In this verse, I think Jesus is telling the disciples to stay godly, to let the word of God, his teaching, the holy spirit run through them as vines and branches and they will bear much fruit or reward.  Like Jesus was telling the disciples to be godly, so that they can get their rewards, in Psalms 128:3, God is charging wives to be as a vine on a house and be godly so that their children and household can also be godly.  As a wife is godly, her children will be at peace in Christ. Since the olive leaf or olive branch seems to always signify something positive, by the children being like olive plants, I think it is suggesting that the children will be positive and peaceful.

Psalms 121:5  The Lord is thy keeper; the Lord is thy shade upon they right hand.

This scripture was relatively easy. The Lord is thy keeper is just another one of God’s promise to be our everything.  HE will keep up despite it all; the good and the bad. He is our protector. He is our leader. He is our everything. He is the shade upon thy right hand.

In the second part of this scripture, the word shade stands out.  What is Shade?  Shade is something that give protection from the burning sun and using that symbolism with God, this scripture is telling us that God is our protector, which emphasizes the front part of the scripture.  God protects us as we go through the fires of sin.  His protection covers us, so that we are not burned or scorched as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were three Jewish men thrown into a fiery furnace by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, when they refused to bow down to the king’s image per chapter 3 of the book of Daniel. Though we walk through the fire, we will not be scorned.

‘Thy right hand’ also sticks out.  First off, RIGHT is a direction that often symbolizes trustworthiness and a position of power. Ephesians 1: 20 states that Jesus sits on the right hand of God.

It is said that if a person looks to the left when speaking, he/she is lying. By Jesus sitting on the right side of God, we see that God trusted him wholeheartedly to have power and dominion over all things, especially our enemies.

Luke 8 1-3 gives us an examples of Jesus’s ministry. It shows people like us, walking and talking with Jesus.  Simply being in his presence was a blessing.  This scripture to me symbolizes Jesus’s love for the people.  He didn’t surround himself  with priests and teachers, etc.  He walked and talked with regular people. People who dealt with life harshness and needed relief.

 

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