The Vine and the Branches, John 15
Posted by adventbiblestudy on April 9, 2011
John 15:5-6 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. (6) If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
How did Jesus know this? Where did he get this parable from? Did Jesus make up His own parables, did He receive them through inspiration and prayer, or did Jesus find the parables He told in the Old Testament?
Ezekiel 15:1-8 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, (2) Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest? (3) Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon? (4) Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the fire devoureth both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burned. Is it meet for any work? (5) Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no work: how much less shall it be meet yet for any work, when the fire hath devoured it, and it is burned? (6) Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; As the vine tree among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem. (7) And I will set my face against them; they shall go out from one fire, and another fire shall devour them; and ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I set my face against them. (8) And I will make the land desolate, because they have committed a trespass, saith the Lord GOD.
Psalms 80:15-16 And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself. (16) It is burned with fire, it is cut down: they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.
How do you locate the original texts Jesus learned form? By using a simple word search. Identify the key words in the parable. In this case the key words are, vine, branch, and fire. Locating parallel texts in the Old Testament is easier when searching for two of the words. This will reduce the number of texts in search results. Using three words will seldom provide the required results, because most search engines used in Bible programs are designed to search for all matching words in a single verse. Notice in this example, vine and branch are found in one verse, while fire is found in following verses.
You can see why it is important to search for the original texts Jesus quoted from. You can see additional details brought to light when original texts are compared to Jesus’ parables. This not only provides additional information, but teaches how to interpret the many symbols Jesus used in His parables. The spiritual interpretation for every symbol Jesus used in His parables can be found using the same method, locating texts which contain the key word.