Archive for April 9th, 2013

Isaiah 5

Isaiah 5 is another prophecy of Isaiah.  He begins by comparing Israel to a vineyard.  God loves His people.  He wants them to bear fruit and grow.  He created a wonderful vineyard – did all the right things:

–       “dug it

–       Cleared it of stones

–       Planted it with choice vines

–       Built a watchtower in the midst of it

–       Hewed out a wind vat in it

God did everything right – He created an environment for His people to succeed.

He looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes”.  Even with the perfect environment God created, the production was anything but what was expected.  Wild grapes referred to rotten and almost poisonous grapes – the opposite of the purpose for the vineyard.  What happens to vines that produce wild grapes?  Check out what God says will happen:

–       “I will remove its hedge

–       it shall be devoured

–       I will break down its wall

–       it shall be trampled down

–       I will make it a waste

–       it shall not be pruned or hoed

–       briers and thorns shall grow up

–       I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it

This was the perfect vineyard God planted and tended and now it will be utterly destroyed?  Why?  Because it yielded something other than God intended.  It did not product and bear fruit as God designed.

So what does this all mean?  Isaiah makes it more clear as he writes “they do not regard the deeds of the Lord, or see the work of his hands”.  We get consumed with self and ignore what God is up to around us.  We live in a bubble that revolves around us, rather than focusing on God the Creator.  And when we lose track of what matters, things go badly for us.  “Therefore my people go into exile for lack of knowledge; their honored men go hungry, and their multitude is parched with thirst”.

God is angry when we choose to sin.  He requires obedience.  He cannot tolerate it when we “call evil good and good evil”.  That won’t cut muster with Him.  So we pay a price for our disobedience.  We become people that God stretches His hand against.  That is not a good place to live.  Isaiah is warning us that how we choose to live and walk with God matters.  A half dozen times he says “woe to those”.  This passage is giving us clarity around the outcome of our life and actions.  We will be judged on what we choose to do with God and His commandments.  We need to live in a way to be blessed rather than in the center of God’s anger.  That means we have to know, and then obey, God’s direction for our life, rather than live however we choose.

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