Meet Divine Expectations     Isaiah 5:1-14     March 01, 2009



       Around 20 years ago I read a sermon on this passage and they outline it, “Woe, Lo, and Go.” When Isaiah saw the Lord he said, “woe is me.” In verse 7 the seraphim said, “Lo that this has touched your lips,” and in verse 9 God speaks to Isaiah and tells him to, “Go! Say to these people.” All of this took place in the year of the king’s death. We do not properly Honor The Lord, If we have some sort of king too prominent in our life.


1.   The . . Planning To Meet Divine Expectations. Isa 5:1-4

       A.   The . . Quagmire Produced From the Planing. 5:1-2 

1 I will sing about the one I love, a song about my loved one's vineyard: The one I love had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. 2 He broke up the soil, cleared it of stones, and planted it with the finest vines. He built a tower in the middle of it and even hewed out a winepress there. He expected it to yield good grapes, but it yielded worthless grapes.


       B.   The . . Questioning Produced From the Planing. 5:3-4

3 So now, residents of Jerusalem and men of Judah, please judge between Me and My vineyard.

              4 What more could I have done for My vineyard than I did? Why, when I expected a yield of good

              grapes, did it yield worthless grapes?

       In this lesson God presents a quagmire as He presents the predicament of the finest vines in fine soil producing worthless grapes. Then He asks a question of the residents. He wants them to judge what more He could have done to expect a fine harvest. Then and today God expects His people to produce a fine crop. Too many times His people take from Him without giving back. It is a sad picture.


2.   The . . Punishment for Failing To Meet Divine Expectations. Isa 5:5-7

       A.   The . . Intensity of The Punishment. 5:-5-6

5 Now I will tell you what I am about to do to My vineyard: I will remove its hedge, and it will be consumed; I will tear down its wall, and it will be trampled. 6 I will make it a wasteland. It will not be pruned or weeded; thorns and briers will grow up. I will also give orders to the clouds that rain should not fall on it.


       B.   The . . Identification of Those Receiving The Punishment. 5:7a

              7 For the vineyard of the Lord of Hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah, the plant He

              delighted in.


       C.   The . . Injustice of Those Receiving The Punishment. 5:7b.

He looked for justice but saw injustice, for righteousness, but heard cries of wretchedness.


God plans an intense judgement in His punishment. He specifically identifies Israel and speaks of the

injustice He sees. He speaks of eight ways he will judge His vineyard; 1) Remove it’s hedge, 2) Consume it,

3) Break down the wall from it, 4) Allow it to be trampled, 5) Make it a wasteland, 6) Not prune it, 7) It will produce briers and thrones, 8) not allow rain to fall on it. What an intense punishment, and the Lord heard cries of wickedness, not repentance. By the way this speaks against the false doctrine called the British-Israel Theory.


3.   The . . Projections for Failing To Meet Divine Expectations. Isa 5:8-10

       A.   The Projections About Their . . Homes. 5:8-9

8 Woe to those who add house to house and join field to field until there is no more room and you alone are left in the land. 9 In my hearing the Lord of Hosts has taken an oath: Indeed, many houses will become desolate, grand and lovely ones without inhabitants.


       B.   The Projections About Their . . Harvest. 5:10

10 For a ten-acre vineyard will yield only six gallons, and 10 bushels of seed will yield only

              one bushel.

       The projections in this story of the vineyard are meager. Their homes and harvest will be pitiful.

Verse 8 begins with the word “woe,” and in all of this chapter there are six of them. The woe in this verse warns against covetousness. Does this remind you of our financial situation today? Some of the companies who will get large sums of money from the government will make sure some executives receive large bonuses. That certainly does not meet divine expectations. Greed does not produce the harvest God desires from His people.


4.   The . . Penalty for Failing To Meet Divine Expectations. Isa 5:11-14

       A.   The . . Perception Of The Penalty. 5:11-12

            11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning in pursuit of beer, who linger into the evening, inflamed

              by wine.12 At their feasts they have lyre, harp, tambourine, flute, and wine. They do not perceive the

              Lord's actions, and they do not see the work of His hands.


       B.   The . . Poverty Of The Penalty.. 5:13-14

13 Therefore My people go into exile because they lack knowledge; the dignitaries are starving, and the masses are parched with thirst.14 Therefore Sheol enlarges its throat and opens wide its enormous jaws, and down go Zion's dignitaries, her masses, her crowds, and those who carouse in her! HCSB

       The financial troubles of this day present a parallel to this lesson. To me it seems several in the decision making process do not have the perception necessary to make wise judgments. The text says, “they do not perceive the Lord’s actions.” How many in the policy making process today seem to sense what the Lord is doing or wants done? God tells Israel they will go into exile because they have a great poverty of knowledge. God says Sheol’s mouth is open very wide to receive them primarily because they failed to Meet Divine Expectations. Amen? Amen!