Branch Out

Isaiah 5:1 (ESV)

Let me sing for my beloved my love song concerning his vineyard:

My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.

God compared the House of Israel and the people of Judah unto a vineyard. Needless to say, as the prophet Isaiah presented it, the vineyard was unfruitful. God expected good grapes, but only wild grapes grew. The wild grapes Isaiah referred to werevitas orientalis, as compared to vitas vinefera, the true vine. Wild grapes were of little value, black in color, “dry,” tiny and extremely acidic, a vine common to the Mediterranean region. (biblegateway.com) Disappointed, God allowed the vineyard to be grazed over (5:5, devoured). We receive a hopeful message by Jesus in Matthew 21:33-44, when the vineyard was leased to other tenants (Christians). It is by this parable that we know that Jesus opened the gate to the vineyard for us. It has been said we were grafted onto the vine through Christ. I’m reminded of a childhood experience, grafting. Long ago a family friend grafted camellias. The Virginia Camellia Society taught me grafting camelias speeds up the time to get a bloom, from 6-8 years to just a few years. Grafting speeds up the process. Through Christ we are immediately grafted onto the Lord’s vine, able to fruit as God intended. Are you a branch on the Lord’s vine? By your faith, you are a branch. Let us continue to branch out. 

 “The church is God’s vineyard.”Heinrich Bullinger, 16thcentury Swiss reformer

About Pastor Steve

Pastor Steve Hodges is an ordained minister, pastoring a church in central Virginia.
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