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Mar212018

When the Walls Fall Down

In the fifth chapter of Isaiah there is a song about a vineyard. It is a vineyard God planted with the finest of seeds hoping for a premium vine. Instead it grew a wild vine and the grapes were worthless for the grower’s use.

Here is what the prophet said the vinedresser was going to do:

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.
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.”
The vineyard of the Lord Almighty
is the nation of Israel, and the people of Judah
are the vines he delighted in. And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed;
for righteousness, but heard cries of distress.

This is a song that declares God’s provision over His vineyard will be removed. He will take down the hedge of protection against predators who would eat the vines, and leave it open for anyone to trample upon the fruit.  He will remove all maintenance to the vineyard where no pruning or cultivation will occur. He will also allow the weeds to overtake the fertile ground of this vineyard.

He will then not allow any rain to fall upon its dry soil, so all what is left of the vine will die from not receiving the proper nutrition.

Then the prophet goes on to describe that the vineyard is God’s people.

So let’s fast forward to today. Could this story/song be applied to our own land?  Could America be in a very similar predicament? Has God removed the hedge of His protective hand upon this land because we have denied Him access to our laws, our education, our moral practices, or our churches in some cases?

In essence we have kicked God to the curb, and have not even considered He has a solution to many of our problems. It was the arrogance of ancient Israel that brought God’s judgment upon the land, and it will be our arrogance that will do the same.

Some of you have told me that what I write is hard, and not easy to receive. Do you know what? I do not write anything that is not already written in the scriptures. No secret there, so if people say it’s a hard saying, well it only means that the scripture people normally read is the nice, easy to accept stuff. However, the majority of the scripture is warning against the human nature that is moving in a direction that is apart from God.

So where is the hope in this story? There is always hope and there is always a positive ending to what God writes about, but it comes when people repent and return to God with their whole heart. Many of the messages we hear today in Christendom are one part spirit and one part Dr. Phil. In the early days of Israel they had high places that were used for worship. God was against the high places, because the practices that were done there were one part spiritual and one part heathen. 

 High places, very simply, were places of worship on elevated pieces of ground. High places were originally dedicated to idol worship (Numbers 33:52; Leviticus 26:30

My point is simple. If we continue to allow the wall of his protection to be down, we refuse His help to bring His spirit to weed our gardens, and then allow all kinds of ideas and philosophies to dwell in our lives, what kind of nation will we have?  In fact, let’s throw in the withholding of God’s Spirit, the rain, on top of everything else He has orchestrated; do you think we are prepared for the kind of land we will be living in? In other words, God is not all about love. There is a side of God we forget about today in the modern church because it doesn’t sell too well with the crowd. However, when God withholds Himself and His blessings, then I think what you have is His judgment. Where is the hope in this and how do we restore it? It’s simple. Let’s get ourselves back to God and that starts by our repentance and our surrender to Him. Die to self, pick up the cross and follow Him. That’s how we have hope again.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

 

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