October 5, 2008am  The Garden of His Delight     Isaiah 5

by Ron George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

Where are the beans?
When I was pastoring my second church, I was taking a walk through the yard with my eldest daughter when she noticed the garden plot that we had used during the past summer.  She remembered the green garden we had that year and she asked me a question that I will never forget.  She asked, “Where were the beans? “  In my relationship with God in Christ I can see the Lord asking me that question.  Where is the harvest?  At the same time I can see God giving the answer for me the way that I answered my daughter.  “The beans are in the jars waiting to be opened for dinner.”  In one way I feel the expectation of the Lord asking me where are the souls or beans that should have been saved.  In another I hear the answer of the Holy Spirit saying that he has already taken care of the harvest for me.  I am enjoying the present calling as a result of the Lord who continues to work in my life to produce the fruit that he desires to see.  The Lord is in the saving and preserving business (we call it canning).  I am in the Lord’s work to preach the gospel and pastor the church as he continues to give me his grace upon grace.  The proof is in the pudding.  Do we have any proof?  Look in the jars.

The Song of the Vineyard
Isaiah 5     I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard: My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside. 2 He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines. He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well. Then he looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit. 3 “Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. 4 What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it? When I looked for good grapes, why did it yield only bad? 5 Now I will tell you what I am going to do to my vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it will be destroyed; I will break down its wall, and it will be trampled. 6 I will make it a wasteland, neither pruned nor cultivated, and briers and thorns will grow there. I will command the clouds not to rain on it.” 7 The vineyard of the Lord Almighty is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are the garden of his delight. And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed; for righteousness, but heard cries of distress.

Did you plant a garden?  What kind of a harvest did you get?  Would God plant a garden and find delight in it?  What would His Garden look like?  Who is God’s garden today?  What makes Him happy when he looks at His garden? 

This is the Garden of God’s delight:

  1. He created it.  We are His creation and we are His garden.  What is the harvest He is getting from us? 

 

  1. He watched it and watched out for it.  He has watched us and watched over us.  Consider what has God done in your life? 
  2. He Chose it and selected the vines to be grown there.   The election is almost here.  God has already chosen you.  Would you choose God? 
  1. He looked for fruit and production and benefit and blessings and nourishment.   He wants His garden to produce and prosper. 

 

  1. What did He look for?  He looked for justice and righteousness.  He looked for people who would bring Him the honor and glory.  He looked for people who would do the right thing.  He looked to see what you were doing. 
  1. What did He find there?  He found bad grapes.  He found bloodshed, and He heard cries of distress.  What has He found in us?  In our country?  In our church?  In our community? 

judgment—justice. The play upon words is striking in the Hebrew, He looked for mishpat, but behold mispat (“bloodshed”); for tsedaqua, but behold tseaqua (the cry that attends anarchy, covetousness, and dissipation, Is 5:8, 11, 12; compare the cry of the rabble by which justice was overborne in the case of Jesus Christ, Mt 27:23, 24).

  1. What did you find there in God’s garden?  Let’s examine ourselves.  The actions of the people overshadowed their words and prayers.  Our prayers won’t cover our actions.  Let God change both. 

 

  1. What was His decision?  He would tear it down and destroy it.  He would not let it rain there.  He would away what He had given so that it could not be used for evil.
  1. What can I do?  Repent Pray seek God and Follow Him. 

 

  1. Ask for forgiveness.  Make the decisions that are pleasing to him. 

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Is 5:1-7.

Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, A. R. Fausset, David Brown and David Brown, A Commentary, Critical and Explanatory, on the Old and New Testaments (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997). Is 5:7.