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Tuesday, June 23 2015
Isaiah 5: The Messiah's Vineyard Lessons
"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?"
The Messiah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Messiah) provided a number of teachings about "vineyards." All are timeless in their meaning and purpose.
The "parable of the labourers" describes how, while salvation to eternal life is the same for everyone ("3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:26-28 KJV), not all are equal in what they will endure during their physical existence.
Some will know only peace during their lifetimes, while others will be subjected to persecution and even martyrdom. Some will be called to repentance early and spend many years overcoming, while others will be called late in their physical lives and have to overcome only a short time. Nevertheless, the length and circumstances of the physical life on the way there will be insignificant (as everyone will appreciate when all has been done; see The Harvests Of Salvation) to the glorious, eternal life for all who choose to make it.
"20:1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. 20:2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
So too the meaning of the parable of the two sons who were sent to work in their father's vineyard. One lived a self-righteous "Christian-professing" life the entire time, while the other at first refused, but later repented and lived a true Christian life from then on. The truly-repentant one will find salvation, while the hypocrite will not.
"21:28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.
The parable of those who presume the ownership of their employer's vineyard for themselves is also a stark portrayal of how both man-made Judaism (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism) and the man-made "Christian" churches (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?) have used the LORD's Name for the religions that they have created for themselves. When the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) returns, both will know the LORD's wrath and correction.
"21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: 21:34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
The prophet Isaiah knew and recorded an amazing amount of information about the Messiah's Sacrifice and His return. Isaiah's writing about the "vineyard" was actually a quote of the LORD - that He repeated when He was born as a man. All three of the parables quoted above can be read in the first few verses of this chapter of Isaiah.
"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: 5:2 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.
This Day In History, June 23
79: Titus succeeded his father Vespasian as Roman Emperor. It was Titus who was in command of the Roman military forces that destroyed Jerusalem in 70, exactly as prophesied by the Messiah forty years before (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones? and Israel In History and Prophecy: The Zealots).
1180: The Genpei War in Japan began with the First Battle of Uji.
1298: Albert I, a Hapsburg, son of Rudolf I, became the new king of the "Holy Roman Empire" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) after deposing German king Adolf of Nassau.
1305: The Treaty of Athis-sur-Orge between King Philip IV of France and Robert de Bethune, count of Flanders, was signed. Strongly opposed by the Flemings (Flanders today composes the northern area of Belgium), the treaty involved the French for 20 years in military attempts to enforce it. Signed after Philip's victory over the Flemings at Mons-en-Pevele in 1304.
1314: The 2-day battle of Bannockburn began. A decisive battle in Scottish history; under the leadership of Robert I the Bruce, the Scots defeated the English under Edward II (1282-1327), regained their independence, and established Bruce on his throne. The battle was fought for possession of Stirling Castle, then the last stronghold of the English in Scotland. The Scots regard the battle as the culmination of their Wars of Independence, while the English regard it as a lamentable defeat. In 1964, on the 650th anniversary of the battle, an equestrian statue of Robert I the Bruce was unveiled on the site by Queen Elizabeth II.
1501: Pedro Cabral returned to Portugal after a voyage during which he claimed Brazil for Portugal.
1532: Henry VIII and Francois I signed a treaty of alliance against Emperor Charles V.
1565: Turgut Reis, commander of the Ottoman navy, was killed during the Siege of Malta (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1611: During his fourth voyage, English explorer Henry Hudson was set adrift in Hudson Bay (as it was later named after him) by mutineers on his ship Discovery. He was never seen again.
1683: English pioneer William Penn signed a friendship treaty with the native people in Pennsylvania (named after William Penn).
1700: Russia gave up its Black Sea fleet as part of a truce with the Ottoman Empire.
1713: Amidst an impending war with France, the French residents of Acadia (present-day Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Maine) were given an ultimatum to declare allegiance to Britain or leave. Some left, to various locations, including the French territory of Louisiana (named after King Louis of France) where they became known as "Cajuns" (a southern pronunciation of Acadian; the term "Dixie" originated from dix, the French word for ten).
1757: The Battle of Plassey. 3,000 British troops under the command of Robert Clive defeated a 50,000 man India army under Siraj Ud Daulah.
1758: During the Seven Years War, British and Hanoverian armies defeated the French at Krefeld in Germany.
1794: Empress Catherine II of Russia granted Jews permission to settle in Kiev.
1848: Workers in Paris rose in an insurrection known as the "June Days."
1868: Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for the "typewriter."
1887: The Canadian Rocky Mountains Park Act created the nation's first national park, Banff National Park.
1914: During the Mexican Revolution, Pancho Villa captured Zacatecas from Victoriano Huerta.
1940: Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) made a victory visit to Paris after his invasion armies conquered France to bring about "regime change" for the French people.
1967: Pope Paul VI issued the encyclical Sacerdotalis Caelibatus, reaffirming the Church of Rome's law on celibacy (listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1972: During the Watergate criminal investigation, U.S. President Richard Nixon and White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman were recorded (by Nixon's own Oval Office recording system) discussing how to use the CIA to obstruct the FBI investigation of the White House.
1985: 329 people died when Air India flight 182, a Boeing 747, was brought down by an on-board bomb off the Irish coast.