We have extracted a series of scripture (not definitive) and also included links for exploring cultivation and restoration themes in the Bible. Please see below for this list.
Metaphors drawn from the natural world and cultivation in the Bible are commonly used by God himself to describe the nature of his relationship with his people, his heart of love and desire to restore and transform lives. The analogy of the vine and its cultivation is a central metaphor throughout the Old and New Testament initially ‘ the spreading vine’ being used by God as an affectionate name for the Jewish people. Jesus describes himself as the True vine in John 15, becoming the fulfilment of God’s plan for mankind’s redemption. Jesus invites us through our repentance and restoration to find true belonging with God, through abiding in him, as the branches grafted into the vine. The vine here also meaning Israel.
The processes of cultivation such as preparing the ground, gathering seed, sowing, planting, watering, weeding, pruning and harvesting are used repeatedly by God himself, prophets, psalmists in the Old Testament to describe aspects of of worship, prayer and discipleship. In the Gospels Jesus in his teaching through agrarian parables such as the Parable of the Sower and the Parable of the vineyard, unlocks the treasures of God’s kingdom.