SPARK THE STAND. SPEAK THE STAND.

When God chose Moses as His vessel in liberating the Israelites from the wicked hands of King Pharaoh of Egypt, His very intention for them was of good; so much so that the nation of Israel was called the vineyard of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies and the people of Judah, His pleasant garden (Isaiah 5:7a). But what happens when a vine’s wood tries to be as useful as the wood of a cedar tree? Or a pine tree? Or a douglas-fir tree? It STOPS living for its intended use and purpose.

The people of Jerusalem were like grapevines growing among the trees of the forest (Ezekiel 15:6b). They didn’t see themselves in that light, rather they coveted what other nations had. For example, when the elders of Israel met at Ramah to discuss with Prophet Samuel. They told Samuel ‘look give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have’. Although displeased by this request; Samuel went to the Lord for guidance and God told Samuel ‘do everything they say to you, for they reject me not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer’ (1 Samuel 8:4-7). They failed to realise the depth of their exception with God. To God, they were the nation among every other nation to be the chosen exception that God wanted to govern; Himself. His very own unique people. It honestly does not get any more special than this. There they were thinking they were less than because they didn’t at the time have a human king to govern them; when the entire time, God was like ‘I am not even going to give you a human king of limited abilities but I will give you MYSELF, the King of all Kings!

Anyways anointed by Prophet Samuel in comes King Saul to rule over the people of Israel. He started off great as King but lost the throne out of disobedience to God. The spirit of God left him and he ended up committing suicide (1 Samuel 13,15,16, 31).  The people of Jerusalem didn’t realise that they did not need a human king, but they probably imagined having a human king will validate them as a nation.

**Sidebar** What is it that you think you need to validate WHO YOU ARE? **

**Sidebar** We need to be careful when we ask from God when we ask for what we think we need, because out of ignorance we may ask Him for what He already is to us. Realise that everything He is and all that we are, is all that we NEED! **

To me, it’s like God did not trust anyone to be King over his people, He brought out the big guns; Himself. He had chosen these people to be exactly what Christ came into this world to be. They were the intended example to show the world, God’s glory and how God intended everything to be. But unfortunately, they never saw themselves as that. They never saw themselves as leaders by the example others ought to follow but instead they wanted to be like every other nation that surrounded them. They never saw themselves as vines connected to the Father in comparison to Christ, who remained rooted in God through his entire life on earth.

When Christ announce himself as a Vine, He understood His position as the Vine, not a cedar tree, not a pine tree but The Vine. He was rooted in God; therefore, He bear fruits.

God promised His people a new covenant. This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors, He said, for they broke that covenant, though I love them as a husband loves his wife. In the new covenant, He will put His instruction deep within His people and write them on their hearts. He will be their God and they will be His people (Jeremiah 31:31-34). I believe today we are the third attempt of this example. The people of Jerusalem being the first attempt, failed in being the example to the world. Then in comes Jesus Christ, who demonstrated perfectly what God’s intention for live is; the second attempt but first to get it right and now it’s our turn. To follow Christ’s example in displaying our lives as God’s very good intentions.

In simpler terms, the grapevine represents you, the trees represent everyone else and the forest represents the whole world. God’s very intention for you is of good, so therefore, don’t look at what others have and hope to be just as they are, don’t strive to function as a cedar tree, pine tree, douglass-fir tree in the forest but stand in the entirety of God’s intended purpose for you as a grapevine.

I declare the possibility that who I am is the stand I take. The stand I take is: ‘I am like the grapevine growing among the trees of the forest (Ezekiel 15:6). The vessel of light in dark places. The representation of God in my generation. A Royal Priesthood (1 Peter 2:9).

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