God sings a song of love lost. He compares Jerusalem and Judah to a vineyard where he planted, built walls, tended and did everything to produce good grapes, but got only bitter nuggets – wild grapes – in return. What would anyone do with such a vineyard? Yes, give up on it and tear it down.
Then “woes”. Apparently Isaiah introduced this figure of speech to the Bible. “Woe to you who…”
… Collect Property and destroy village life by getting ever wealthier, introducing inequality into society. It recalls the very just plan in the Torah, with years of Jubilee that were designed to keep society’s wealth flat.
… Drinkers who spend life reveling and increase ignorance and self obsession.
… Liers and cheaters generally, who mislead the people in public life making good bad and bad good. spin merchants.
Ends by mentioning the judgement that will come from afar… Assyria and Babylon basically, who sacked Israel.
Thinking about lies, wealth and reveling actually, living in the year(s?) of Trump, the uber lying property developer, and on the end of a week where one of my wife’s school friends died of alcoholism.
I should look at my behaviours that produce bitter fruit and those that produce sweet fruit, for in me has God invested his love, I am God’s vineyard.
Give me something to show for it father!