Monday, August 31, 2015

Bonus Reading, Isaiah

Wasted Opportunities   

Today's reading is a lament about the failings of the chosen people to live up to God's hopes and expectations.  God's people are compared to a vineyard, carefully planted and tended, but which yields only wild grapes.  The parallel is clear: the Jews had received God's blessings and protection -- especially the Promised Land.  Despite many opportunities, they failed to develop into the free and faithful people God desired.  So, now God is cutting the loss.  Like a planter who abandons a vineyard that does not adequately produce, so God is abandoning the  chosen.people.

Read Isaiah 5:1-17  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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