Sunday, January 6, 2008

SOS 1:6 The Keeper of the Vineyard

Sgs 1:6
Look not upon me, because
I [am] black,
because the sun hath looked
upon me:
my mother's children were
angry with me;
they made me the keeper of the
[but] mine own vineyard
have I not kept.

Lexicon / Concordance for Sgs 1:6

EnglishStrong'sHebrew (Root form)Tense
(Click on any item below for Concordance)
[07200] ra'ah
not upon me, because I [am] black,
[07840] sh@charcharchoreth
because the sun
[08121] shemesh
hath looked
[07805] shazaph
upon me: my mother's
[0517] em'em
[01121] ben
were angry
[02787] charar
with me; they made
[07760] suwm

me the keeper
[05201] natar
of the vineyards;
[03754] kerem
[but] mine own vineyard
[03754] kerem
have I not kept.
[05201] natar

Solomon's bride is black and beautiful. Her
siblings treat her like a second class citizen.
She is the OT's version of Cinderella, with
the Prince desiring her, against all odds.

Why were her siblings angry with her?
Was it her beauty, or skin color? Was it
her grace and humility? Whatever it was,
she was delegated to do the hard task of
maintaining the vineyards, when they
decided that she was inferior. It's unlikely
that any of the other royal grandchildren
labored in the hot sun.

The keeper of the vineyard, as in Jesus'
famous parable about God, master
of the vineyard who expects the keepers
to keep his vineyard without planting
forbidden or other fruits, is a plain
allegory about the one true bride of
Christ, the faithful servant. She represents
the remnant who kept the Word of God,
and God's vineyard, in faith, not
mixing any other gospels, or pagan
traditions like sun-worship, as in
the Sabbath on Sunday, or Christmas,
a pagan feast. It is plain in the entire
Bible that conjoining any foreign faith
to Judaism is blasphemy that is
unacceptable to a perfect God, who
gave man the precepts of life, without

This black-skinned woman who was
hated by her siblings who were fair,
was the heroine because her heart
was dedicated to the King, and she
desired him above any other, neglecting
her own vineyard, or cultural heritage.

The native Hebrews had always covetted
foreign cultures, incorporating them into
their ceremonies. This is seen with even
the preeminent sign of Judaism, the
Mogen David, or Jewish Star. This is
a pagan token which is repudiated in
Jeremiah when God tells them to ask
the God of their star to help them when
they are in trouble. Yet, the black-skinned
daughter of Ishmael, was fully dedicated
to Judaism, and worshipping the one
true God, abandoning her own heritage
which the Jews were stealing icons from.

Shulamite is an ancestor of Kedar, the
son of Ishmael, and she is implied to be
Solomon's niece by the familial word for
brotherly/ancestral love: "Dowd." which
means "uncle."

She symbolizes the convert who marries
into the holy covenant and is beloved above
natural Jews. All the daughters of Jerusalem
desired the honor of being one of Solomon's
princesses, even concubines.

The chosen people are those who choose God to
love, and like Naomi's daughter-in-law, Ruth,
follow after the holy covenant out of choice,
not cultural requirement. It was Ruth's choice
to leave her kinsmen and countrymen and
go with Naomi into a strange land.

Ruth was black and beautiful, and Ruth was Solomon's
great-grandmother, a Moabitis. In the Law, Moabites
were accursed and forbidden to marry and assimilate
into the Hebrew people, yet, this blatant exception
was provided so we understand that the law of
grace supercedes all.

She left her heritage and family to cling to the
Hebrew nation, even though it meant suffering
and being an outcast. In Isaiah, there is a clue
to this vineyard: "The vineyard of the LORD
of hosts is the House of Israel, and Judah is
his pleasant plant."

Solomon's bride may have been her great-great
grand daughter, a princess both in genetics and
anointing from God.

The keeper of the vineyard is a spiritual
precept, seen in Isaiah, and by Jesus in
other passages. I'll give those examples next,
but, the reason the bride said she had been
delegated to keep other's vineyards, but
lamented that her own she did not keep was
a key to how Ruth, her ancestor, left her
ancestral land, and family of Kedar, to
serve the God and people of YHWH
in Jerusalem, even though it was a harsh

Shulamite was the epitome of the bride of Christ,
adopting the Jewish faith and laws, with a perfect
heart like David. Her inner beauty was what made her
desirable, and she is our representative and ideal.
(In my opinion) Unlike Ruth, her bloodline possessed
the genes that may have passed on to Mary and then
Jesus Christ.

Hebrew for H3754




keh'·rem (Key)

Part of Speech

masculine noun

Root Word (Etymology)

from an unused root of uncertain meaning

TWOT Reference

Outline of Biblical Usage

1) vineyard

Authorized Version (KJV) Translation Count — Total: 93
AVvineyard 89, vines 3, vintage 1

Gen 9:20 And Noah began [to be] an husbandman
, and he planted a vineyard 03754:

Deu 22:9 Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds
: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown , and the fruit
of thy vineyard 03754, be defiled.

In Deut 22:9, this law is one of the kind that have a practicle
and literal meaning for the ancient tribes, but, also has
a deeply spiritual lesson. It mirrors the totality of the
law which strives for one standard in YHWH, without
defiling His LAW with other laws from other gods
and other lands.

This very thing was to happen, of course, when
the Jews began adding to the Levitical canon,
especially subsequent to their 70 year exile in
Babylon. That's when the Talmud exploded in
Babylonian laws and their precepts.

From the beginning vineyard became a parable
for the Holy Land, itself, and for the holy covenant
that God gave to Moses.

In fact, "vineyard is used many times in Song
of Solomon":
Sgs 1:14 My beloved [is] unto me [as] a cluster
of camphire in the vineyards 03754 of Engedi .

Sgs 2:15 Take us the foxes , the little foxes , that spoil
the vines : for our vines 03754 [have] tender grapes.

Sgs 7:12 Let us get up early to the vineyards 03754;
let us see if the vine flourish , [whether] the tender grape
appear , [and] the pomegranates bud forth : there will I give
thee my loves .

Sgs 8:11 Solomon had a vineyard 03754 at Baalhamon;
he let out the vineyard 03754 unto keepers; every one
for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand [pieces] of silver .

Sgs 8:12 My vineyard 03754, which [is] mine, [is] before
me: thou, O Solomon , [must have] a thousand , and those
that keep the fruit thereof two hundred

Vineyard appears 13 times in the Book of Isaiah the

Isa 1:8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage
in a vineyard 03754, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers
, as a besieged city ..

Isa 3:14 The LORD will enter into judgment with the
ancients of his people , and the princes thereof: for ye
have eaten up the vineyard 03754; the spoil of the poor
[is] in your houses .

Isa 5:1 Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song
of my beloved touching his vineyard 03754.
My wellbeloved hath a vineyard 03754 in a
very fruitful hill :

Isa 5:3 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem , and men
of Judah , judge , I pray you, betwixt me and my
vineyard .

Isa 5:4 What could have been done more to my vineyard 03754,
that I have not done in it? wherefore , when I looked
that it should bring forth grapes , brought it forth
wild grapes ?

Isa 5:5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do
to my vineyard 03754: I will take away the hedge
thereof, and it shall be eaten up ; [and] break down
the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down :

Isa 5:7 For the vineyard 03754 of the LORD of hosts [is] the
house of Israel , and the men of Judah his pleasant
plant : and he looked for judgment , but behold
oppression; for righteousness , but behold a cry .

In Jeremiah, he laments that the false pastors have
destroyed the vineyard of the LORD of Hosts. This
is clearly the key to this word's spiritual meaning as
the Church.

Jer 12:10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard 03754,
they have trodden my portion under foot , they have made
my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness .

In prophecizing judgement and destruction, again the vineyard
is the metaphor for the Church in Amos:

Amo 5:17 And in all vineyards 03754 [shall be] wailing
: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD .

Amos also prophecizes about the return of grace
when Israel is again blessed, referring to the time
of the Messiah's return:

Amo 9:14 And I will bring again the captivity of my people
of Israel , and they shall build the waste cities , and inhabit
[them]; and they shall plant vineyards 03754, and drink
the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens , and eat
the fruit of them.

Just as vineyard is a complex parable, fruit and
gardens are also deeply symbolic and contain
holy codes to be discerned. Song of Solomon is
rich in these abundant and deep metaphors.
In the first verses, the word wine ("yayin") is
used twice to indicate joy and if the vineyard
is the Gospel, then it's fruit when consumed
is eternal sustenance and eternal joy.

In Zep, Jerusalem is condemned for planting
another Gospel and do that which is forbidden,
which is to plant strange fruit in the garden
of God. This was against the Levitical law
and against the spritual commandment to
not commit idolatry.

This verse is more far-reaching than just
the contemporary people of that day in
Jerusalem, and Israel, but, refers to us,
when we incorporate pagan customs into
the church and its sacraments, ceremonies
and precepts. We may feel confident that
as long as we go to Church and confess
Christ that we're okay, but, if we commit
spiritual adultery by incorporating a
pagan custom, we are subject to judgement,
the same admonition as this:
Zep 1:12
And it shall come to pass at that time,
[that] I will search Jerusalem with candles,
and punish the men that are settled on
their lees: that say in their heart,
The LORD will not do good, neither
will he do evil.

Zep 1:13
Therefore their goods shall become
a booty, and their houses a desolation:
they shall also build houses, but not
inhabit [them]; and they shall plant
vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.

Zep 1:14The great day of the LORD [is] near,
[it is] near, and hasteth greatly, [even]
the voice of the day of the LORD:
the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.

Things are not as they seem to be in the Holy Order
and what God finds beautiful and acceptable. To
those who thought of themselves as the King's seed
and holy line, Shulamite, the black woman, was
accursed by them.

Solomon saw her as blessed and beautiful beyond
all others. Who God loves is not always those
who wear his crown, feeling a sense of entitlement
due to birth or superficial ritual, but rather those who will
do anything to please him, not assume because
of birth right they are special.

Christ had many uses of vineyard. The most
famous is in Mark 12:

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