Putting God's Word into Practice…

Isaiah 5 ~ Wild Grapes

(For our ladies’ Bible study this week, we were supposed to spend time in Isaiah 1-6.  It has been a rich buffet of learning and conviction, indeed!)

Isaiah starts this passage with a beautiful song about His beloved God and the vineyard of the Lord.  He eloquently sings of the Lord hand digging the fertile soil, patiently preparing and planting the choice vines, and watching over them as they sprouted and grew.  When the time for harvest came, the Vinedresser expected a yield of sweet grapes that would be made into wine that would bring Him joy while blessing and sustaining others.  Instead He was met with wild grapes!  Grapes that grew as if they didn’t have a gardener!  Rebellious grapes!!  Sour grapes!!!  God always does His part in our lives–what we give back to Him is on us!  Are we wild and rebellious, going our own way instead of walking in the purposes He prepared for us?!  (Ephesians 2:10)

Isaiah then goes on to elaborate on the rebellious, wild “grapes” and why the Lord is angry with them?

  • They trust in and accumulate possessions (8-10).
  • They chase after pleasure, but refuse to see God’s works as good and pleasing (11-12).
  • They test and mock God (18-19).
  • They disregard His ways and commands (20).
  • They are wise in their own eyes (21).
  • They live for self-gratification and greed (22-23).
  • They reject His law and despise His Word (24).

Geez, those sinful, wicked people.  I’m sure glad I’m not like them…

(Tune in tomorrow for the rest of the story!!)

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