Isaiah in chapter 5 presents a picture of Israel to the people of Jerusalem as a vineyard. Isaiah tells the people of Jerusalem of their straying from the path that God desired for them. “And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men 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 looked for 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 briers and thorns shall grow up; 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 men of Judah are his pleasant planting; and he looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed; for righteousness, but behold, an outcry!” Isaiah 5:3-7
The people of Israel had strayed far from God and they became indistinguishable from the other inhabitants of the promised land. God desired for the children of Israel be fruitful in the land he provided them but they became consumed by the wares of the things of the world instead of the things of God. Should we care about this story of the people of Israel today? Does God desire us to follow Him today? We are called to place our faith and trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We are called to not live in the ways of the world. We are called to love God and love people. God desires for us to live a life that is honoring to Him. If we collect idols around us and build up our hope and trust in the things of the world we are following in the footsteps of the Israelites. Will you trust in God and not in the thing of the world? Will you find your hope in God alone?