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Isaiah 27:2 - 13
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Lord's Vineyard (ch. 27:2 - 13)
Notice the word
"sing" in verse 2. The
prophecies of this chapter are actually songs to be sung.
It is apparent that we cannot limit the prophetic word
specifically to the spoken word. The
song is about a "desirable vineyard" who we know to be Israel.
In verse 3 we see the
Lord, Yahweh, as the HCSB puts it, is the owner, the guard, and the
protector of the vineyard. The
vineyard belongs to Him. Israel
belongs to Him and He is Israel's source of life, prosperity and protection.
Verse 4 tells us that
God, at least in the day when this song is to be sung, is not angry with
His vineyard, with
, but, if Israel
becomes unproductive, the text states that God will destroy His
vineyard. It's His vineyard;
He can certainly do what He wants with that which belongs to Him.
The opposite of being
productive is seen in verse 5. The
vineyard, meaning Israel, can receive strength from God if it makes peace with her God.
What these first few
verses predict is actually, or so I believe, the fall of
from their God. Israel
does become unproductive. In
fact, history tells us that it steels the vineyard from God and makes it
its own. This was the
when Jesus was born and lived as an Israel
in the first century.
Verse 6 is clearly a
prediction of the day when
will make peace with God and she will be productive,
so productive, it
will fill the whole world with its fruit.
I think we can take this both literally and figuratively.
There will be a day when agricultural produce from Israel
will be export throughout the world.
That has already begun to happen.
That beings said, I believe we can take these words figuratively
to say that the day will come when Israel
will be the greatest national influence throughout the entire world.
Prophetic Futurists believe that day will be fully realized when
Jesus returns to Israel
and completes the restoration process that had begun prior to His
As I've said many times
before, not all hold to this view of prophetic history.
Those who teach Replacement Theology believe that the church has
in prophetic history because of its rejection of Jesus.
Therefore, all the prophecies of the Old Testament, including
this particular one in Isaiah 27 is not directed to Israel any longer
but to the church. I don't
believe that for a minute. What
here will be realized. God
doesn't break a promise.
Verse 7 asks a question.
Did God strike down Israel
as He struck down Israel's enemies who struck down Israel? The answer is clearly
Abrahamic Covenant of Genesis 12:1 to 3 states that the nation or the
person who curses
will be cursed. Babylon's fall for example was due to the fact that
by overthrowing her.
never recovered but Israel
has recovered. Israel
has not fallen for good as the Apostle Paul teaches in Romans 9 through
11. See Romans 11:11 and
In verse 7 the HCSB says,
"was he killed … " The
NIV says, "was she killed …"
There is some discrepancy between Bible translators over which
pronoun to use and even to whom the pronoun refers.
I believe, at least at present, whether the pronoun should be
"he" or "she', whoever it is refers to Israel. He or she was not killed
"you" and "her" in verse 8 confuses the matter even
more. Who is the pronoun
"you" referring to and who is the pronoun "her' referring
too? At the moment I can't
give a clear answer. What I
see at the moment is the pronoun "her" refers to
while the pronoun "you" refers to the particular nation who
, and, who that nation is depends on what time period in
's history you think is being talked about here.
So, in verse 8, if the
pronoun "her" refers to
Israel, then we see that in the final analysis, it was God who removed
from its land, as was the case when
overthrew Israel. You might also say that
this was the case when the Roman armies invaded Jerusalem
in 70 and 135 AD.
The term "east
wind" in verse 8 might, and I say might, give us a clue to what
period of history is being talked about here.
Rome, in 70 or 135 AD was not to the east of Israel. However, Assyria and
Babylon, both who overtook
or part of Israel
is to Israel's east. Since Isaiah lived
befdore and during Assyrian invasion, the
attack mentioned here is probably in reference to the Assyrian
In verse 9 the reference
to Jacob is referring to Israel. It's just another way the
Old Testament views and speaks of Israel.
Verse 9 tells us that Israel's "iniquities will be
in this way."
What way is the text talking about?
The verse before tells us that
was overthrown by
God and the chapter implies that she was overthrown
forsook her God. Thus Israel
fell under the hand of God's judgment.
Therefore, judgment is how Israel's sins and iniquities will be purged.
We see this throughout the Bible.
or the church, the sins of both are purged out of their system when God
bring it down in judgment. If
God's people don't comply to His will willfully then He will judge His
people by bringing them to their knees with hard times.
It's this judgment we see
in the book of Revelation. The
book of Revelation documents two judgments.
The first judgment falls on
which eventually brings Israel
to its knees in submission to God. The
second judgment falls on the nations of the world for their iniquities,
especially their sin of attacking Israel
at the end of this age.
The rest of verses 9 and
10 tell us the result of this judgment and that is all pagan worship and
had adopted over the years will be removed from Israel.
Note the reference to
"Asherah poles" in verse 9.
Asher was the fertility god, the mother of Baal that was
worshipped by the pagans in
Canaan. They built poles and
worshipped around these poles. Israel
had adopted this form of paganism.
What verses 11 and 12
speak of is the devastation that occurs in
in the time of God's judgment, whatever time in history that may be.
Verse 11 actually says that
Israel's Maker will not have compassion on Israel
and her Creator will not be gracious to them.
In short, God will step back from Israel
and let them muddle around in their sin and the judgment they receive
from Him. The Apostle Paul
elaborates on this in Romans 1 when he teaches that God does step back
from people and nations and hands them over to their sins so they can
reap the natural result of their sins and His judgment.
Verses 12 and 13 end this
chapter with great news. I
believe it speaks of the final restoration of
and Israelis when Jesus returns to rule both
and the world from Jerusalem. Isaiah predicts the day when God will gather his people and bring them
to worship. I believe this
takes place at the end of the seven year tribulation that we see n the
book of Revelation when the nations attack Israel
and Jesus steps in and brings victory to the remnant of Israel.
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