In today’s text Isaiah presents a second song of the vineyard. Both of them—the one in chapter 5 and the one here in chapter 27—emphasize God’s work of cultivating and protecting his people, but there is one significant difference that must have confounded those who heard the prophet. While the first song of the vineyard emphasizes God’s judgment on his people, the second points to God’s blessing of his people.
How can this be? How can he leave the vine to be destroyed while also using that same vine to fill all the world with fruit?
The resolution of that mystery makes all the difference in the world.
Title: The King and the New Israel
Text: Isaiah 27
- true vine