4 LESSONS FROM THE SONG OF THE VINEYARD
Today, I read that interesting passage in the book of Isaiah on the song of the vineyard. Recently, in researching a story I’m writing, I’ve also had to check up some stuff on vineyards in France. Thinking about it all, I was led to share the following with you. You know of course that through Christ, we are the Israel of today, Abraham’s seed, God’s chosen people as the Scriptures declare.
“For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.” – Galatians 3:27-29
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Here is the song: (Isaiah 5:1-7)
“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!”
1. The owner loved his vineyard very much. Similarly, God’s love for us is unquestionable. He created us from the dust of the earth and gave us life.
“… the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” – Genesis 2:7
He didn’t treat us like the rest of his creatures. He made us in his image and sought us out for company (Gen. 3:8 & 9). He gave us intelligence and dominion over the works of his hands (Gen. 2:19 & 20; 1:28)
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2. The owner tended his vineyard with great care and provided all it needed to flourish. So God has given us all we need to live gloriously. God sent his Son to die to rid us of the weeds and stones of sin and the flesh. He gave us His Spirit to live in us, teach us His ways and help us to live right. (Col. 1:14, John 14:26)God loves us so much and has provided all we need to live gloriously. Click To Tweet
3. The owner expected the vineyard to yield the right fruit to justify his investment in it. God too demands the fruit of righteousness from us.
Do you notice that the vineyard in the song wasn’t barren? It was bearing fruit alright, but they were wild grapes. The owner complained that they weren’t the kind of fruit he wanted after planting very good seed and providing the proper conditions for his vineyard. We cannot live however we wish after all that God has done for us.
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“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24
Some people keep saying we are all sinners and God understands. That was the whole point of sending Jesus. To walk in our shoes, pay the debt of our sins and empower us to live above them. If we cannot overcome sin, then Christ died in vain. We may fail occasionally because we are still moving towards perfection but to live a lifestyle of sin and to be comfortable in it negates our profession of faith.
“Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son” – Colossians 1:12-13.
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
“By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” – Romans 6:1 – 4
If we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we are no longer helpless before sin. We can resist it by the power at work within us. The choice is ours to make as some other verses from the same chapter of Romans show.
If we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we are no longer helpless before sin. Click To Tweet
“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.
“Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.
“For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” – Romans 6:12-14
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As to what constitutes sin, we don’t pick and choose according to our whims or let society and the prevailing culture dictate to us. We follow the standards already spelt out in the word of God.We don't decide what constitutes sin. God's word has spelt it out. Click To Tweet
4. The vineyard owner threatened to destroy it for yielding the wrong fruit. There are dire consequences for us too if we persist in walking contrary to God’s plan and directives.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
“And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
“And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” – Matthew 7:24- 27
So, on what are you building? If you take the Lord for granted and make mockery of His standards, you are building on sand. But if you cherish His word and listen to His Spirit, you are building on the rock. Receive the grace to do the latter today in Jesus’ name.
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The scriptures in this post are from the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible.
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