Running with Mark 82

 

Day 82 – March 19, 2020  

 

Read:

Isaiah 5:1-7, The Song of the Unfruitful Vineyard

When you read the passage it may strike you as very familiar.  It is – that’s because you read it a few days ago in Mark 12:1-12, where Jesus quoted this familiar story.  Jesus out a leadership twist on the parable, pointing out the failure of the tenants.

 

Isaiah’s version doesn’t talk about the tenants.  It addresses the “fruit” of the vineyard.  God is saying, I planted an amazing vineyard.  It had everything you could ever need.  It is reminiscent of the story of Adam and Eve in the garden.  God had created a beautiful garden with all they needed for a rich and full life.  But Adam and Eve were tempted.  The temptation was not so much to eat the forbidden fruit, it was a temptation for them to want to be God.  We get that.  We want so badly to control our lives.  We think we are wise and know what should happen. 

 

I shudder to think how many bad choices I have made in my life.  There were of course the times when I was a teen and made some silly choices and a couple of dangerous choices.  Who thought it was a good idea to ride with two people on a bicycle, who were not wearing helmets, to ride down the 50th street hill as fast as we could….in the dark!  There have been times when I have not chosen the way of love, but the way of gossip or triangulation.  There have been times when I “pilfered away my time” in the words of John Wesley.  Sometimes I have held onto anger and nursed hurt.

 

What about you?  What choices and decisions do you regret?

 

The vineyard yielded not grapes that were good for eating or making wine.  It yielded wild grapes, literal sour grapes. 

 

The first part of the book of Isaiah is often called “First Isaiah”.  It is made up of chapters 1-12.  In this section the prophet is calling out Judah’s faults and failings and the ways they have wandered away from God.  Israel was divided into the northern kingdom (known as Israel) and the southern kingdom (known as Judah). 

 

The latter parts of Isaiah will talk about the coming of the Messiah.  Isaiah does not leave us sitting in the rotten mess of grapes we have made.  Isaiah brings us hope!

 

 

Music:

Let It Breathe On Me

 

LET IT BREATHE ON ME (1942)
Words & Music: Magnolia Lewis-Butts —
Harmony/Arranger: W. O. Hoyle

Let it breathe on me, Let it breathe on me.
Let the breath of God now breathe on me;
Let it breathe on me, Let it breathe on me,
Let the breath of God now breathe on me.

While I’m working Lord in your vineyard here,
I can do naught if thou aren’t near.

Let it breathe on me, Let it breathe on me.
Let the breath of God now breathe on me;
Let it breathe on me, Let it breathe on me,
Let the breath of God now breathe on me.

When the pathway Lord I cannot see,
When the way is dark, Lord, breathe on me.

Let it breathe on me, Let it breathe on me.
Let the breath of God now breathe on me;
Let it breathe on me, Let it breathe on me,
Let the breath of God now breathe on me.

 

 

 

Prayer Focus:

This would be a great time to talk to God about the wild grapes, you have sown.  Consider asking God to help you let go of the “sour grapes” you have held onto.

 

Grace and peace,
Pastor Karen Bruins


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