The little sister, or Gentile church, goes on to give an account of the success of the Gospel, the planting of churches, and the establishment of the interest of Christ in the Gentile world, together with the advantages that accrued to Christ from it; for not Solomon literally, but a greater than he, is here, Christ, the antitype of him, the Prince of peace; By the “vineyard” is meant the church, especially under the New Testament dispensation (Is*.5:1-7, 27:2-3); so called, because separated from the world by sovereign grace; planted with precious and fruitful plants, which Christ has a property in, by his Father’s gift and his own purchase; and therefore receives of the fruit of it; takes delight and pleasure to walk in it; and takes care to keep it in order, and to protect and preserve it: this is said to be at Baalhamon; perhaps Baalgad Joshua 11:17; the word signifies “the master,” or “lord of a multitude”; the Gentile world, consisting of a multitude of nations; and in which were many churches, and consisting of many persons;
he let out the vineyard unto keepers;
Initially to the leaders (kings and priests) of Israel (Is*. 5, Matt.21:33-40, Luke 13:6-9) but they did not keep it, it brought forth wild, useless grapes, brought no profit to the owner (God), indeed the tenants mistreated and even killed the servants of the owner AND his son, so he took it away from them (the Jews) and gave it to the Gentiles (Matt.21:43)—JK, to his apostles, and to ministers of the Gospel in succeeding times; and who have their employment in it; some to plant, others to water; some to prune, to reprove and correct for bad principles and practices, and others to support and uphold weak believers; and others to defend truth, and preserve the church from innovation in doctrine and worship: the “letting” it out to these agrees with the parables in Matthew 20:1, Luke 19:13; where there seems to be an allusion to this passage. Christ is the proprietor of the vineyard, and the principal vinedresser; yet he makes use of his ministers to take the care of it, watch and keep it in order; for which purpose he lets, or “gives”, it to them, as the word is, for he makes them in some sense owners; and they have an interest in the churches, and their life and comfort, greatly lie in the fruitfulness and well being of them; the vines are called “ours,” Song of Solomon 2:15, Matt.21:33; All that God has given us in stewardship is to be traded with to profit withal(I Cor. 12:7).
everyone for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand [pieces] of silver;
or shekels, amounting to about an hundred and fifty pounds; which shows the fruitfulness of the vineyard, that its produce should be worth so much; and the great usefulness of the Gospel ministry, in bringing souls to Christ; the fruit of his labour is as dear to him as pieces of silver, Luke 15:8. Christ’s ministers are his rent gatherers, and the collectors of his fruit, John 15:16; and though they have different talents and success, yet, being honest and faithful, the meanest are reckoned to bring in the same as others, or what make for Christ’s delight, pleasure, and glory; as will appear when the reckoning day comes, and an account will be given in, Matthew 25:19.