The song of the vineyard is a parable of God’s dealings with Israel and theirs with Him. The list of things that distress God about how God’s people live is very thought provoking.
Here is a message from Isaiah, from the Lord, for the church.
We read that God’s vineyard is Israel, His people (now us, the church, branches of the TRUE VINE, Jesus).
And over and over we read of woes.
“Woe to those who …”
These are valid woes for us today. Our practice as God’s people must match our preaching! It must match what God calls us to do!
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”
We can see this in church denominations today. This woe is alive and real.
“Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!”
Pride and arrogance and even here vanity are a present temptation for God’s people.
“Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink,”
How does this speak to us in our society today – To be set apart and seek after God’s wisdom not that of man (which can laud the heavy drinker).
“… Who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right!”
We are to uphold justice, both in terms of our actions and our defending of those who are to be defended.
God’s anger was kindled against His people (v25), He struck them and the mountains quaked.
Let’s reflect on this, and on our situation today, and give much thanks that Jesus took God’s anger for each of us in our sin on Himself.
* Dear Lord, thank You that in Jesus we are able to escape Your just and holy wrath. The penalty for sin.
Please help us to practice what we preach, Christ Jesus crucified, buried, risen and ascended!
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!