Isaiah 5:3, 7 NIV 2011
“Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard.
The vineyard of the Lord Almighty is the nation of Israel, and the people of Judah are the vines he delighted in. And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed; for righteousness, but heard cries of distress.
Isaiah sang a song of Judah’s future using a vineyard that will be trampled. Jesus used the same illustration in his parables found in Mark and Luke, “A man planted a vineyard.” Psalm 80:8, “You transplanted a vine from Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.” Judah was the vine from Egypt that conquered the Promise Land. Verse seven ended in a similar warning like Ezekiel’s. Ezekiel 9:9, “…the land is full of bloodshed and the city is full of injustice.” Each person is responsible for how they respond to God’s grace.
Looking around at all that we have, some might say we have been blessed. In some ways that may be true, but I know that we’ve planed and were prudent so that we could be where we are today. Thinking of all of God’s rich blessings I’m thankful I was born in a country where I can worship Him and share His truth with others each day. The rest of what we’ve got is just stuff. With my eyes focused on Him, I receive His grace on a daily basis.
What makes us respond to God’s grace?
Thankfully we responded,