Aug 252013

ScriptureIsaiah 5: 1-7
MessageLooking in the Vineyard for Justice
Pastor Emily Hagan, Bob Latchaw

The Song of the Unfruitful Vineyard

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 watch-tower in the midst of it,
  and hewed out a wine vat in it;
he expected it to yield grapes,
  but it yielded wild grapes.

And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem
  and people 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 expected 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 it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns;
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 people of Judah
  are his pleasant planting;
he expected justice,
  but saw bloodshed;
  but heard a cry!

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