God's Vineyard from Isaiah

In Isaiah God called the Israelites to be His chosen people, His vineyard. Likewise, since Christ, all men have been called to be God’s chosen people and so we also are the vineyard.

Now, in the story, God took his land, which was fertile, and removed from it any stones. From birth, our hearts are fertile ground. All men are born with an innate knowledge of a divine creator. Some seek God in the right or wrong places, and for others science is their god. Now, for the Israelites, when they went to the alter to atone for their sins, to receive forgiveness through acceptable payment, the stones were removed from their hearts. Similarly, we receive the same atonement through the blood of Christ, the perfect sin payment, and the stones are removed from our hearts, making them again fertile ground.

God dug around his vineyard so that His wisdom, His word, could penetrate the heart of man.

He planted the vineyard with choice vines, providing everything necessary for life. Not only what was necessity, but the best there was to offer.

Let me sing now for my well-beloved
A song of my beloved concerning His vineyard.
My well-beloved had a vineyard on a fertile hill.

He dug it all around, removed its stones,
And planted it with the choicest vine
And He built a tower in the middle of it
And also hewed out a wine vat in it;
Then He expected it to produce good grapes,
But it produced only worthless ones.

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?

Why, when I expected it to produce good grapes did it produce worthless ones?

So now let Me tell you what I am going to do to My vineyard:
I will remove its hedge and it will be consumed;
I will break down its wall and it will become trampled ground.

I will lay it waste;
It will not be pruned or hoed,
But briars and thorns will come up
I will also charge the clouds to rain no rain on it.

For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel
And the men of Judah His delightful plant
Thus He looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed;

For righteousness, but behold, a cry of distress.

(Isaiah 5:1-7 NAS)

He built a tower so that all could see it, which is Christ and the pinnacle leaders of the old world whose teachings pointed to Christ. Most important is that Christ could watch over his vineyard.

He hewed out a wine vat so that the product of the vineyard, the fruit which is produced from absorption of your life in the wisdom of God and placing your eyes upon Christ, could be used to produce the choicest wine, glory to our Father in heaven.

The Israelites, like most of the gentile nations, have not—do not—produce good fruit and do not produce Glory for God. All that is produced by the majority is worthless fruit. All that is produced is the fruit of the world.

God provided everything so that we could follow Him.

“Why, when I expected it to produce good grapes did it produce worthless ones?”

Here is what will be done to the vineyard, to those who do not produce fruit to glorify God, rather to glorify themselves.

The hedges will be removed and the walls broken down. The hedges and walls are a protection from outside contaminants. The sin of the world will consume the vineyard without its hedges.

Our hearts will not be pruned or hoed. The sin will cause such bitterness in our hearts that we will no longer feel the conviction that comes from the knowledge of good and evil handed down to us from Adam.

Briars and thorns will grow up amongst us, choking out the very existence of God in our lives. The sin will become so burdensome that we will turn our backs on God.

No longer will God rain down His wisdom upon us. We will be dry, having no understanding of the nature of God which we should live by.

God looks upon his vineyard for justice, and for righteousness, but all that is there is bloodshed and cries. For the house of Israel has forsaken God as do many since Christ walked the earth.

This fate does not need to become our fate as we still live. Do not suffer defeat of the world. Allow God’s wisdom to penetrate your roots. He has given all we need through the Holy Spirit and His written words. Look to Christ and to his teachings and produce good fruit that brings glory and honor to the Father, and we will have around us a wall and a hedge of protection which will ward off sin from our lives. The grim fate many will suffer does not have to be our fate. If we accept all that God has offered freely, we will produce good fruit and live eternally in the love of God the Father.

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