Isa 5:1 Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill:
God has planted a vineyard which is Israel.
Isa 5:2 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.
God protected Israel from it’s adversaries and also removed the stumbling blocks that might spoil it’s fruitfulness. Just as good fruit can be expected from choice vines, so the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob could be expected to become a blessing in the earth to the nations and David should be king over them. He sent among them the best examples and provided watchful caretakers. He had expectation of very good results but it rendered a rotten and spoiled people instead.
Isa 5:3-4 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. 4 What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?
wild grapes – poison / wild berries
Was there a lacking on the part of God which is the reason for His vineyard to bring forth wild (poison, unfit) fruit? Of course not! That vineyard was given every advantage necessary in order to thrive and produce good fruit. Jerusalem (Judah) was given charge of the vineyard and God requests from them an explanation for the failure of it at their hands whether and how it be His shortcomings. Remember that, many years earlier, the people of Israel rejected the judgement of their heavenly Father in favor of earthly servitude and flesh and blood kings . 1 Sam 8:5-7
Isa 5:5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:
God will remove the protections He as provided for this people and the nations will spoil and oppress them without His intervention.
Isa 5:6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
He will not attend to the chosen people with His righteousness and mercy, but will allow the unjust and evil to overtake the land. All life requires Truth and mercy just as it requires water in order to survive.
Isa 5:7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.
The kings of Judah who lead the whole house of Israel have led it to destruction and made it desolate through selfishness, greed and lack of justice. Think of the ‘justice system’ that we have today for an example corruption, fraud, and confusion that comes from absence of Truth.
Isa 5:8 Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!
placed alone – set apart?, established separate?
Many interesting and foundational discoveries are unavailable for understanding without having read and reasonably understood the Bible from the beginning. In order to understand these and many other chapters and verses, you need to realize that the tribe of Judah was appointed by God to reign over the other twelve tribes of Israel and execute justice and judgement among the people.
Woe to those who like to consolidate and centralize everything. And yet they separate and establish for themselves a personal and private estate to their exclusive benefit.
Israel is like a vast vineyard where all of the attention and resources belonging to the many vines are reapportioned to a few vines to the exclusion of the rest of the vineyard. Where waters and fertile grounds are diverted from them and allotted to a few ‘privileged vines’. Where to whole vineyard was capable of thriving but never the less, everything was redistributed to the privileged few and the result is little production and fruitfulness.
Why should your intentions be fixated toward your own personal gain without consideration for the well being of others. Is there not a direction that can be to the mutual benefit of others beside yourself? Amassing wealth is not in and of itself a vain pursuit but amassing wealth to the benefit of only yourself or to the unthoughtful detriment of your brother is vanity, even evil.
Isa 5:9-10 In mine ears said the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant. 10 Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and the seed of an homer shall yield an ephah.
The once productive nation will become a struggling nation. It will yield but a fraction of it’s potential.
Isa 5:11-12 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them! 12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.
They offer no thought for the LORD and the hand that He has in their livelihood. From the beginning of the day, their efforts are toward no righteous purpose. By the end of the day (the end of days) they are full of their own pride and strong delusion.
Isa 5:13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
knowledge – awareness, understanding
There is no wisdom among the people (lacking awareness, Truth) and their leaders. The honorable men are worked as slaves. Their high leaders are devoid of justice. And the whole house is desolate of justice and truth. This message is NO less valid for us today! Look around you and see the truth of the matter (if you still have judgement left to identify it clearly for what it is).
Isa 5:14-17 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. 15 And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled: 16 But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness. 17 Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.
Hell is making plenty of room for its ever increasing attendance. It pays to be a righteous person. Don’t believe it? Ask the souls when they are swallowed up in hell if it pays to be righteous. While they are sinking in hell, the righteousness of the LORD will be exalted. He will restore judgement to its rightful heirs.
Isa 5:18-19 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope: 19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it!
Do they not even realize that they are themselves laboring in sin and iniquity while they call upon the arrival of Holy One of Israel to administer justice? (Or worse, are they being arrogant and taunting God?)
Isa 5:20-21 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
Think criminals, deceivers, university professors, and millennials and you will get a good idea for who is being addressed in this verse.
Anyone calling evil good and vice versa, is either gravely misled/ignorant or intentionally deceptive. Either way, the truth is not in them. People who are without truth will have no problem convincing themselves that they are wise and will not let the facts get in the way of their beliefs/ideals.
Isa 5:22-25 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: 23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! 24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. 25 Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
Let he who is in high position be warned, and all those in authority not to participate in the delusion that inevitably comes with power, who judge according to self gain and do injustice to the righteous. For their dismissal of the law and justice and truth, shall they be swept away. Even today they witness the cries of the oppressed and yet exercise injustice. If you don’t see this in our own country today then it is because you are an integral part of its destruction.
Isa 5:26 And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly: 27 None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken: 28 Whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses’ hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind:
God will give the signal to the distant kingdoms and the armies of the conquerors and call them to Israel. They will take full advantage of slumbering weakness of the vineyard.
Isa 5:29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it.
Israel will be a prey safely delivered in to the hand of the armies which God will bring against them. Assyria and Babylon will soon fall upon them.
Isa 5:30 And in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea: and if one look unto the land, behold darkness and sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof.
They will be engulfed and swept away like a large wave from the sea. The light of Truth and Judgement will be denied from the people along with the favor of our Father.
Judah was appointed by God the privilege/task of reigning over the other twelve tribes of Israel. (see Gen. 49) If you don’t understand or didn’t know that then consider reading the Bible starting from the beginning so that you can establish a basic level knowledge of who Israel is, their history, God’s covenants with them, what was promised them, and what their blessings are …etc.
Not so many years after these prophecies and this song, the house of Israel (ten northern tribes) was taken away into Assyria. A few years later, most of Judah was removed as well. These have since been scattered among the nations and in large part form the basis of the Christian nations today. Whatever blessings they were promised, they retain. Whatever destiny they were to fulfill they will yet fulfill or have already fulfilled.
God does not have to repeal His unconditional promises. In fact, to think He would do so would be to deny His faithfulness to His own Word (to deny that Truth exists!).
In the age of Grace, these nations have prospered by and large. Having grown fat on the blessings of God they are still revealing their stiff necked traits. Taking for granted their blessings, they haven’t protected them. Again, the leaders of the nations have corrupted the laws of our Father and twisted the Truth to the point where we must surely be near the end of days. Our president today calls upon the self proclaimed world authority, the united nations, for guidance and judgement of God’s apathetic people. Think about that until it sets in.
Judges, college profs, secularists, socialists: beware, this song is a warning to remind us of the outcome of your ideals and your efforts.