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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

July 22 - Evening

"I will sing for the one I love
a song about his vineyard:

'My loved one had a vineyard
on a fertile hillside.
He dug it up and cleared it of stones
and planted it with the choicest vines.
He built a watchtower in it
and cut out a winepress as well.
Then he looked for a crop of good grapes,
but it yielded only bad fruit.

"Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and
people of Judah,
judge between me and my vineyard.
What more could have been done for my vineyard
than I have done for it?
When I looked for good grapes,
why did it yield only bad?
Now I will tell you
what I am going to do to my vineyard:
I will take away its hedge,
and it will be destroyed;
I will break down its wall,
and it will be trampled.
I will make it a wasteland,
neither pruned nor cultivated,
and briers and thorns will grow there.
I will command the clouds
not to rain on it."

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 5:1-7

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Isaiah's Parable of the Vineyard    

Isaiah introduces the conflict between Israel and their God while hinting at Israel’s ultimate future restoration in chapters 1-4.

In chapter 5 Isaiah addresses the present condition in Israel, Judah and Jerusalem by presenting a parable and asking the people for a verdict concerning the parable. At the end of the parable Isaiah reveals the meaning of the parable’s metaphors.

The opening phrase “my loved one had a vineyard” includes the Hebrew words yedid and dod (meaning “beloved”) along with a reference to a vineyard. These words in connection with a vineyard are reminiscent of the imagery in the Song of Solomon and in other ancient writings of a love and relationship.

The owner of the vineyard did all he could to prepare for a healthy and abundant harvest:

  • Hillside = chose good soil with potential of fertility
  • Dug it = plowed, removed weeds, loosened soil
  • Cleared stones = prepared soil by clearing hindrances
  • Planted choice vines = the best available vines were planted
  • Winepress = while the crops grew a winepress was prepared to extract the rich juice that would become the wine
  • Watchtower = A wall of protection and watchtower built out of the cleared stones would help keep wild animals out and provide a position of oversight to observe the vineyard

Despite all the work by the owner the crop of grapes were “bad” or “bitter” which is a word that comes from a Hebrew verb that means “to stink.”

After giving the people of Jerusalem and Judah his parable in 5:1-2, the Lord asks the people of Jerusalem and Judah a question through his prophet Jeremiah: Is this my fault? Should the owner blame himself? And, if so, what more could he have done? The answer to these rhetorical questions are no, no and nothing.

So, in Isaiah 5:3-4 the owner of the vineyard explains that he is going to overthrow his worthless vineyard and stop wasting his time.

Then in verses 5-6 Isaiah explains his parable to those too dull to understand:

  • The owner is the Lord Almighty
  • The vines in the vineyard is Israel, the people of Judah.
  • The fruit he desired was justice and righteousness
  • The stinking, bitter grapes that Jerusalem produced is bloodshed and oppression.

Things are not fine in Israel nor are things OK in Judah in Isaiah’s day!

(Jesus also told parables including owners and vineyards in Luke 13:6-8; Matthew 20:1-16 ;
Luke 20:9-19 and Mark 12:1-12. Things were not OK in Judah in Jesus' day, either!)

  Christian Quote from Church History
"We ourselves must entirely abstain from filthy speaking. And we should stop the mouths of those who practice it by stern looks and
averting the face."
- Clement of Alexandria,
195 AD
Something to Ponder??

Henry Halley said:

“The most important thing in this book is this simple suggestion: that each church have a congregational plan of Bible reading and that the pastor’s sermon be from the part of the Bible read the past week.”

Henry Halley believed that this suggestion, if followed, would produce a revitalized church and bring about a grand revival, provided the minister himself thoroughly believes that the Bible is God’s Word.

– Henry Halley (1874-1965), author of “Halley’s Bible Handbook” (Details here, book here)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Theodidaktoi (Gr) – taught by God (Eng) – the Greek word theodidaktoi is a compound word
that comes from theo, meaning “God” an didasko, meaning “teach.”
is used one time (a hapax) in the NT when Jesus quotes Isaiah 54:13 in John 6:45. Theodidaktoi is also used just one time in the Greek Septuagint in Isaiah 54:13.


In the spring of 2014 information was released concerning a 2013 discovery of a six inch chisel found under Robinson's Arch about 20 below street level of the first century. It is believed that this chisel was dropped by a builder working high on the Western Wall.

(Photos HERE and HERE.
Details HERE and HERE and HERE.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will produce the fruits of righteousness in my life!
I will be good soil and will care for vineyard the Lord has planted in my life.
  "The mouth of an adulteress
is a deep pit;
he who is under the Lord's wrath will fall into it."

- Proverbs 22:14
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Jeremiah 31 Isaiah 30
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Gate jamb decoration on Herodian ashlar stone in Triple Gate in Herodian south wall of Temple Mount

Three phases of salvation chart from Galyn's book: The Word: Apparatus for Salvation, Renewal & Maturity

Three phases of salvation chart from Galyn's book:
The Word: Apparatus for Salvation, Renewal & Maturity
(Book details here. Download book here.)

Detail of decorative cuts on an original Herodian stone in the jamb of the Triple Gate along the south wall of the Temple Mount.
(more here and photo here.)
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