Reflection on Isaiah 5:4

“What is there that I ought to do more to my vineyard, that I have not done to it? was it that I looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it hath brought forth wild grapes?” (Isaiah 5:4)

In this passage the prophet compares the people of Israel to a vineyard. He describes the vineyard as having been planted by God and having been provided everything necessary to bear fruit yet it became fruitless.

So it is with some in the Church, the new Israel. God has given us everything necessary to produce fruit; He has given us the Holy Spirit, who enables us to produce the fruit of the Spirit described in Galatians 5. Yet so often the very ones whom God has prepared to produce fruit become a wasteland. If we examine ourselves and find that we are among barren in producing good works then there is a solution…confession.

If we go to confession and sincerely ask for forgiveness then the Lord will forgive us of our sins through the priest and will unite us to Christ once again. Once we are restored to a right relationship with Christ we will be able to bear fruit, as He said: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Therefore, let us examine ourselves to discern as to whether we are producing fruit. I we are found to be a fruitless vineyard on the Day of Judgment we will be “thrown into the fire” (Matthew 7:19) but if we confess our sins, remain in Christ and bear fruit then we will hear our Lord say “Come and share your master’s happiness” (Matthew 25:21).

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