A sad tale here: The Lord did so much to cultivate the “garden of His delight,” yet the people ruined it by their sin and unbelief.

Scripture: Isaiah 5:1-7

ESV Text: Isaiah 5:1-7


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 5

     1 Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: 2 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. 3 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. 4 What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? 5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: 6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. 7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 260:
O Lord, Look Down from Heaven

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. O Lord, look down from heaven, behold 
And let Thy pity waken: 
How few are we within Thy Fold, 
Thy saints by men forsaken! 
True faith seems quenched on every hand, 
Men suffer not Thy Word to stand; 
Dark times have us o’ertaken. 

2. With fraud which they themselves invent 
Thy truth they have confounded; 
Their hearts are not with one consent 
On Thy pure doctrine grounded. 
While they parade with outward show, 
They lead the people to and fro, 
In error’s maze astounded. 

3. May God root out all heresy 
And of false teachers rid us 
Who proudly say: “Now, where is he 
That shall our speech forbid us? 
By right or might we shall prevail; 
What we determine cannot fail; 
We own no lord and master.” 

4. Therefore saith God, “I must arise, 
The poor My help are needing; 
To Me ascend My people’s cries, 
And I have heard their pleading. 
For them My saving Word shall fight 
And fearlessly and sharply smite, 
The poor with might defending.” 

5. As silver tried by fire is pure 
From all adulteration, 
So through God’s Word shall men endure 
Each trial and temptation. 
Its light beams brighter through the cross, 
And, purified from human dross, 
It shines through every nation. 

6. Thy truth defend, O God, and stay 
This evil generation; 
And from the error of their way 
Keep Thine own congregation. 
The wicked everywhere abound 
And would Thy little flock confound; 
But Thou art our Salvation. 


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