The Prophets (02): Isaiah 5 - Wild Grapes

Date: 8/14/2016
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Wild Grapes Isaiah 5

As you know I grew up in the south and down in the woods Muscadines grow.

Text: Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. 2 He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.   3 And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. 4 What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it? When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?   5 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. 6 I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.   7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his pleasant planting; he expected justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard a cry!  Isaiah 5:1–7 NRSV

Two points on the larger context of Isaiah:
the man Isaiah
the deeper structure of the book and this section

How about this song, I think this could be a CW hit. Consider the songwriter:

Like all of the Bible, there are deep literary structures in Isaiah:

Remember the structure of Isaiah is very crafted. I have provided this in an outline from the late, David Dorsey, professor just up the road at the Evangelical Congregational Seminary in Meyerstown. He provides some of deeper literary structures of the OT.

David Dorsey ( Literary Structure of the Old Testament, The: A Commentary on Genesis-Malachi ) outlines Isaiah as a sevenfold chiasm:

A. Condemnation, pleading, promise of future restoration, 1:1-12:6
    B. Oracles to the nations, 13:1-26:21
        C. Woes, 27:1-35:10
            D. historical narrative, 36:1-39:
        C’. Yahweh triumphs over idols, 40:1-48:22
    B’. Servant Songs, 49:1-54:17
A’. Condemnation, pleading, promise of future restoration, 55:1-66:24

The reason 36-39 is in the center is because it vindicates the whole life of ministry of Isaiah:  “I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city.”’ Isaiah 38:5–6/Isaiah 37:35–38

Exhortation (John 15)


Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more