The Vineyard of The Lord Destroyed

To pick an avocado off a tree, you attach a coffee can to a long pole and raise it up under the avocado and then you jiggle the fruit. If it is ripe it will come off the tree easily. If it is not yet ripe, don’t be rough with it because you don’t want to bruise the fruit. S … More

Fruit

In the first stanza of this song which Isaiah composed he sang about God’s care for His vineyard and the condition of the vineyard (vv. 1-2). The second stanza details what God said in view of her condition (vv. 3-6). In the third stanza the vineyard in the figure is identified (v. 7). Elsewhere God referred to Israel as a vineyard (Jer. 2:21; Ezek. 15:6-8; Hosea 10:1). In his song Isaiah pictured God), planting a vineyard on a fertile hillside, removing the stones and planting only the best vines (vv. 1-2). He built a watchtower, a stone structure from which to guard the vineyard.

The words in these verses in the song are “spoken” by God. He asked the people of Judah to judge the situation (vv. 3-6). They were to tell whether the bad grapes were the fault of the vineyard owner. Though God could have done nothing more to make the vineyard productive (v. 4) there was one thing He would now do: He would let it be destroyed (vv. 5-6). By removing the protective hedge (probably stone wall) around it, He would allow animals (including foxes) to enter and destroy it. Without cultivating the vines, thorn bushes would grow up and smother them. Nor would God let rain fall on the vineyard. Because of the nation’s sinful actions (bad fruit), destruction would come.

The vineyard in this song is identified as Israel and Judah (v. 7). Delighting in His people, God wanted good fruit, that is, justice and righteousness. Instead He saw only bloodshed and heard cries of distress. Because of its “bad grapes” (injustice) most people would be killed or taken into captivity. Isaiah used two interesting cases to stress the contrast between what God expected in His people and what happened to them. “Justice” was replaced with “bloodshed.”

Application

“By their fruits you will know them” (Matt. 7:20). I need to be examing my “fruits” to see if they are good or bad, useful or wild?

Isaiah 5:1-7 (English Standard Version)

Let me sing for my beloved my love song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; and he looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes. And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done in it? When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes? And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down. I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and briers and thorns shall grow up; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are his pleasant planting; and he looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed; for righteousness, but behold, an outcry!

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