Monday, October 6, 2014

Jacob 5:56 - 5:60

Jacob 5:56 And they also took of the natural trees which had become wild, and grafted into their mother tree.

They take the original branches, which have become wild, and return them to the mother tree. [This obviously refers to, at least, the returning of the Jews to Palestine. They certainly were not following the precepts of the gospel and therefore referred to as wild which is the condition of not believing in Christ.]

Jacob 5:57 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: Pluck not the wild branches from the trees, save it be those which are most bitter; and in them ye shall graft according to that which I have said.

The master tells the servant not to remove any of the branches which were wild to begin with as yet. The master only wants to destroy the those which are producing the really bad fruit, the ones which is it obvious that they will never produce good fruit.

Jacob 5:58 And we will nourish again the trees of the vineyard, and we will trim up the branches thereof; and we will pluck from the trees those branches which are ripened, that must perish, and cast them into the fire.

In addition to the moving of the natural and wild branches around the vineyard again, they will fertilize the trees and trim them to allow more sunlight to reach the inner branches of the trees. And again burn the really poor branches.

Jacob 5:59 And this I do that, perhaps, the roots thereof may take strength because of their goodness; and because of the change of the branches, that the good may overcome the evil.

This effort is in hopes that the high quality of the roots may influence the branches again to produce good fruit. [Here we see the effort to move people around with the idea that they will change their natures with a change of scenery. The tension of moving and a new environment does give people cause to reflect and sometimes they will change particularly if they think that they did something wrong to cause their displacement.]

Jacob 5:60 And because that I have preserved the natural branches and the roots thereof, and that I have grafted in the natural branches again into their mother tree, and have preserved the roots of their mother tree, that, perhaps, the trees of my vineyard may bring forth again good fruit; and that I may have joy again in the fruit of my vineyard, and, perhaps, that I may rejoice exceedingly that I have preserved the roots and the branches of the first fruit—

The master is hoping for a good harvest now with this reshuffling of the branches. His thinking is that bring back the original natural branches to the mother tree will influence the other trees in the garden. He joys in the production of good fruit. [This, I think, refers to the restoring of the Jews to their lands as well as other people to gather together to create Zion. The Lord is hoping that the Jews seeing the gospel restored along with their returning to Palestine as a sign that His coming is soon. These two signs will also be a signal to the rest of the world of this soon to come to pass advent event as well.

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