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The parable of the vineyard showed the nation that God loved them. Isaiah loved the nation also, but the love of Isaiah and the love of the "good Husbandman" impelled them to exhort, scourge, and scold the people.

Parents love children, but yet they discipline them. Prophets may love their country, but a true prophet will point out their sins to encourage them to repentance to avoid a day of judgment. The shadow of the vineyard was an attempt to awaken a non productive, rebellious, and sinful vineyard, arouse to action the "wild grapes" to become "good grapes", and to revive the shameful vineyard to new faith in God.

Isaiah uses the type, or symbol of a ‘vineyard’ to illustrate this lesson from God. Some may have no idea what this vineyard stands for.

The answer is given in Isaiah 5:7:
"For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel."

We can see many shadows, symbols and types in Scripture.   A shadow, type, or symbol is something that stand for, or represents another. Shadows, types, symbols prefigure something else, belongs to the past, present, or future,  presents characteristics of that which it represents, represents something or someone that God pre-ordains to come.

In Psalm 18:2, "rock" is a symbol. Then in 1 Corinthians 10:4, "rock" is shown to be "Christ".

Anointing with oil is symbolic of God enabling someone for His service.

Circumcision is symbolic of entering into God's covenant.

Sleep is symbolic of spiritual apathy.

An anchor is symbolic of security.

The ark is symbolic for salvation.

Armor is symbolic for the spiritual weapons which God gives us. For instance, we see the breastplate being symbolic for righteousness.

A furnace is symbolic of trial.

A sickle is symbolic of God's judgment.

A staff is symbolic of security and guidance.

A fig tree is symbolic of Israel, as is also the olive tree, and a vine.

The Bible uses shadows, symbols, and types to give us illustrated examples of God’s truth.


When they wanted to plant a vineyard, a wall of dirt was built around the area, at least three feet tall. Stones are removed from the dirt to make a hedge of thorny growth able to root it securely. Beasts, humans, and varmints would receive great physical damage to try to pass through this hedge of protection. The crop would be secure. God protected Jerusalem and his temple with a spiritual hedge of protection about them. When Israel met defeat, and was plundered, it was due to the hedges being broken down, due to sin.


Psalm 80:12-19 (KJV)

12 Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her?

13 The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it.

14 Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine;

15 And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself.

16 It is burned with fire, it is cut down: they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.

17 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.

18 So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.

19 Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.


Isaiah begins in chapter one to refer to Israel as a vineyard, one judged for not having a hedge of protection still there due to its sins.

Isaiah 1:7-9 (KJV)

7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.

8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.

9 Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.


The ‘cottage in a vineyard’ was a shed, a hut, covered by branches, straw, and dirt, that made a shelter from heat or cold for the watchman of the vineyard.

The watchman was there during the time the vines were ripening their fruit, to protect and defend from enemies of the vineyard.



Isaiah 5:1-2

"Now will I sing to My well-beloved a song of My beloved, touching His vineyard. My well beloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill. And He fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest of the vine and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein, and He looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes."

God's work was to "fence" about the prized vineyard (which represents His people). The fence of a vineyard was a three foot by three foot wall. It was made of stones and dirt from the vineyard being prepared. Thorny bushes were planted atop, that would make it painfully dangerous for any varmint or thief to attempt entry into the vineyard. The prepared soil of the vineyard was planted by God with a choice vine. A tower was built for guards to stand watch over the vineyard. A winepress was built because God expected fruit.

God asked the people to judge His work.

Isaiah 5:3

"And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, between Me and My vineyard."

Look at what God has done for us, and look at the efforts He has effected to allow us to make the fruit that God desires. Then look at what many of His people have done with the vineyard, the wall, the tower, and the winepress.

What more could God have done? What more could we ask of the Lord? God asks this question?

"What could have been done more to My vineyard? that I have not done in it? Wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?"

Why did the vineyard yield "wild grapes'? The "wild grapes" were not the harvest that God wanted... What fruit do Christians exhibit today? The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, etc. Yet, in the lives of some Christians we find anger, bitterness, gossip, etc.

God asks us to "judge" between Him and His vineyard. God wants us to evaluate:

what He has done,

and what the vineyard has produced.

Isaiah 5:5-6

"And now go to: I will tell you what I will do to My vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up, and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down. And I will lay it waste, it shall not be pruned... nor digged... but there shall come up briars and thorns... I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it."

God was very angry at the sin and rebellion of the people.

God is insulted by:


sin in the places of worship,

the insurrection of those who claim to be people of God
and yet ignore the plain messages of God in the Word,

the mutiny against God's plainly written
and recorded messages by the spiritual leaders of our day,

the defiance of those rebuked by such messages of Isaiah and this message,
and the insolence of those who try to ignore such warnings
and go on in their sinful rebellion.

Therefore, the Lord is angry! The sinful rebellion of those for whom He has done so much, have enraged our loving God! The vineyards that have produced "wild grapes" have exasperated a merciful God, Who does have an end to His mercy and grace, for He has warned us, that "My Spirit will not always strive with man."

The Almighty Lord is currently irate and furious at unrepentant sin in His vineyard.

Drastic action will result for such sinful rebels within the vineyard. The Lord stated through Isaiah that He would take action, and we had better heed His warning in our day, for the day of action is very, very near!

Isaiah 5:5-6

"And now go to: I will tell you what I will do to My vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up, and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down. And I will lay it waste, it shall not be pruned... nor digged... but there shall come up briars and thorns... I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it."

The Lord will soon smite the evil ones, the wild grapes of congregations of our day. His anger will not easily be satisfied, for we of this day have had more than adequate warning by the Spirit, by the Word of God, and by the prophets of our day!

Isaiah 5:24

"Therefore, as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust; because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. Therefore, is the anger of the Lord kindled against His people, and He hath stretched forth His hand against them, and hath smitten them; and the hills did tremble, and their carcasses were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still."

As in that day, now in ours, we see the ‘law of the Lord’ and the ‘word of the Holy One’ being ignored, disobeyed, and mocked. These are serious sins, for it is not just happening amidst the enemies of the vineyard, but it occurs in some who are in the vineyard.




Romans 11:20-32 (KJV)

20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not high minded, but fear:

21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.

24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?

25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes.

29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

We are grafted into the True Vine, and can, as they, be judged if we sin and fail. God wants to keep a hedge of protection about His vineyard. We are a part of that vineyard. We need to be faithful and rightly serve our Lord. We will be judged by our fruit.

Matthew 7:17-20 (KJV)

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.


As with Israel in the days of Isaiah, the vineyard of today is still able to be judged, if fruitless. God has designed His vineyard to bear fruit. We are to be fruitful.

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