“My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. 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.” – Isaiah 5:1-2
When I was 23, I took a trip to the Finger Lakes in New York. My girlfriends and I rented out a house and spent our Saturday touring the very popular wineries in the area. The wine makers would come out at each winery and give us a brief summary of the type of grapes that they used. Most memorably, one particular wine maker went on a tangent about soil quality and it’s direct effect on the quality of the wine.
The soil affected the grape. The grape effected the final product.
The metaphor in Isaiah 5:1-7 is one of lament, where God cries out in dismay at the product of the Hebrew nations. They have ignored the ways of God and have created a culture of corruption and violence.
It is so easy to turn a blind eye to our own corruption and violence. We think that the mistakes of the world are made by other, more sinful people than us. Alas, we have a responsibility.
“A good person produces good from the good treasury of the inner self, while an evil person produces evil from the evil treasury of the inner self. The inner self overflows with words that are spoken.” – Luke 6:44
We are created in the image of God. In us, there is divine. However, there is also a propensity for our own desires that are not based in the divine. It’s in that conflict that we find ourselves producing wild grapes, where our inner self is overflowing with evil words. It comes down to the soil of our dreams, goals, and desires.
Questions for reflection:
Are you planting your dreams in the soil of divine inner self?
What fruit are you seeing produced in your ministry?
How do you handle your wild grapes?