-A denunciation of the vineyard of the LORD, the house of Israel, is given in this splendid authoritative revelation by the Holy Spirit through Isaiah. God’s love for His people gave them everything they needed for success and well-being, but they produced worthless grapes in their iniquity, violence, and pride (Isaiah 5:1-7). Woes are pronounced in God’s anger over the situation. A woe is given to those who expand their houses and fields. They will become desolate and without occupants (Isaiah 5:8-10). A woe is propounded to those who rise early to drink alcohol and pursue drunkenness late into the evening as people who party without giving attention to the deeds of the LORD or considering the work of His hands (Isaiah 5:11-12, 22). Lack of knowledge is their destroyer, which sends them into exile and makes them famished and thirsty. They enlarge Sheol (death, abode of the dead, the underworld, hell) without measure in their den of revelry and self-indulging jubilation (Isaiah 5:13-14). The common man will be humbled, the important man abased (lowered, demeaned), and the proud will also be put down, but the LORD of hosts will be exalted in judgment and will be shown holy in righteousness. Lambs will eat in the pastures of their choosing, and strangers will eat in the waste places of the wealthy (Isaiah 5:15-17). A woe is given to those who are liars (Isaiah 5:18-19). A woe is enunciated to those who call evil good, and good evil substituting darkness for light and bitter for sweet (Isaiah 5:20). A woe is pronounced on the ones wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight (Isaiah 5:21). A woe is proclaimed on those who justify the wicked for a bribe and take away the rights of those who are correct (Isaiah 5:23). Because of this wide ranging list of sins, God is going to consume His worthless grapes in His vineyard and blow them away in His righteous indignation. He will stretch out His hand against them by lifting up a foreign nation against them, who will be swift and destructive in every way (Isaiah 5:24-30). *Application* Our God is a consuming fire no matter what testament or dispensation you explore Him in (Deuteronomy 4:24, Hebrews 12:29). He is jealous for His people, which includes us if we have trusted in Him. There is no other. Our greatest need is to get rid of the sinful-selfish ways that tempt to destroy us and to turn to the One who can save us and give us real joy and purpose in shalom.
Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 5:7