What More Could I Have Done?
Abraham Lincoln probably was one of the greatest presidents that ever served. Over one hundred and twenty years ago he described our nations as an almost chosen people. Now he was stating that the nations of Israel was God's covenant people in the Bible are God's chosen people.
But next to them we are an almost chosen people. We have our faults and flaws but we are almost chosen. Turn to Isaiah chapter 5. This was a song that was sung in a festive mood.
There was singing and dancing because the harvest had been gathered. And in the midst of this singing and dancing and celebration suddenly a minstrel stood up in the midst of the crowd and began to sing an original composition concerning a man and his vineyard.
Isaiah begins with a song, and the burden of the song is the story of a vineyard. "Let me sing for my beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard."
God made a vineyard on a fertile hillside. Isaiah tells us he dug it up, cleared away stones, and planted the best vines he could find.
Then he built a watchtower and cut out a winepress in anticipation of a great harvest. Having done all this work, he then looked for grapes, but the vineyard yielded only bad fruit.
In verse 4 God asked, "What more could I have done for my vineyard than I have done for it? When I looked for good grapes, why did it yield only bad?" In other words, God was saying, "It is not my fault the vineyard yielded only bad fruit; I have done everything. The bad fruit is my people's fault." A vineyard with only bad fruit is worthless to its owner.
I believe the message is loud and clear the Lord expects a return on His investment in His own people. The Lord expects fruitful living.
I. GOD'S PROVIDES FOR A FRUITFUL PEOPLE.
Would you look at our text and see if we can see the message God has for us. There on that holiday this traveling minstrel began to sing.
He sang a song about someone who had a ...
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