Isaiah 5 Part 1–The Vineyard Story

Isaiah shares the pain of the Lord in a practical way.  God invested so much time and energy to prepare, protect,  and provide for Israel. From the moment He led them from Egypt, He cared and led the chosen people into a promised Land.  His goal was always for Israel to be His ambassadors to the world.  They were to remain separate from the cultures of the world–all the while, leading the world to a loving Father.

Sadly, repeatedly, when Israel became prosperous, they walked away from God. Rather than leading the world to the Lord, they chased the world and all that sparkled and shined. Like the parable alluded, rather than producing lives for the Lord, they produced more sin and hedonism. God tried everything to bring the people back, judges, kings, and prophets–none could turn the people from their sin. So, like the vineyard owner, God took down the protection and the prosperity He provided and allowed Israel to reap the consequence of their behaviors and choices.

It was a heartbreak for the vineyard owner, God, to let the world overrun what He had spent so many years building.  At that point, God knew nothing would change the hearts of the people He freed and restored.  He let them do what they wanted and just removed His protections and provisions. He loved His chosen and hated to see them continue to live independent of His leadership. Like the vineyard owner, God tried everything to restore the hearts of the people,  but He is not foolish and knew it was time to walk away.

For us and our current world, God has patiently waited for us to return the values of our forefathers.  Selflessness and honor were the cornerstones of society. As prosperity grew, those values receded to make way for materialism and pride.  Each person has become the center of their own universes, without any regard for others.  After generations of slowly abandoning God and the values He placed in the world–God knocked down the vineyard walls and closed the watchtower.

Chaos has ensued. Families have crumbled and authority has been disregarded.  The wolves of the world have now infiltrated and destroyed the foundations God put in place.  To God, it is a heartbreak. For us, it is time to repent and to return to the values of our forefathers.  Help me Lord to return to the values you placed in this world so that we can once again follow you and enjoy your restoration.

God Bless You


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;[a]
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;[b]
for righteousness,
    but behold, an outcry!

I Samuel 22–When Life Loses Value

What happens when life no longer matters? That was the issue that faced Saul as he faced the priests that assisted David.  He had already committed to killing David—to attempt to keep what He had already lost. Once Saul started down that road, killing more became meaningless.  In a swift decision he ordered the deaths of God’s priests simply because they helped David. His men refused to kill God’s priests. They still saw the line…but Saul had allowed his personal desires and fears to obscure the value of life and so the line of being a ruler and being a killer.

In current culture, we struggle with similar issues. We have allowed our selfishness to color our perception of life’s value. The unborn, the poor, the sick and the elderly—once considered treasures to be protected and preserved are now considered inconvenient and obsolete.  We are more than willing to help unless it becomes a bother or a conflict in our schedules.  Like Saul, we try to gather and keep things we have no control or title to.  Jim Elliot, a missionary that was martyred in South America said it best, “He is no fool that trades what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

Life holds great value—God knew that.  That is why he sacrificed the life of his soon to redeem the world. But, when we discount life’s value to the point that anything else becomes more important—we soon find Life totally loses its value. Help me Lord to always remember the value of life and especially the value of your life.

God Bless You

Then the king ordered the guards at his side: “Turn and kill the priests of the Lord, because they too have sided with David. They knew he was fleeing, yet they did not tell me.”

But the king’s officials were unwilling to raise a hand to strike the priests of the Lord.

18 The king then ordered Doeg, “You turn and strike down the priests.” So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck them down. That day he killed eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod. 19 He also put to the sword Nob, the town of the priests, with its men and women, its children and infants, and its cattle, donkeys and sheep.

20 But one son of Ahimelek son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled to join David. 21 He told David that Saul had killed the priests of the Lord. 22 Then David said to Abiathar, “That day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, I knew he would be sure to tell Saul. I am responsible for the death of your whole family. 23 Stay with me; don’t be afraid. The man who wants to kill you is trying to kill me too. You will be safe with me.”