The first passage struck me as it vividly depicts how much care and effort an individual put into preparing the land, choosing the vines and raising grapes...yet despite his best efforts the vines only yielded bad grapes. This passage is written to depict Israel (Isaiah 5:7) yet can be applicable to us as well. God has invested much into us personally ... what type or fruit do we bear? How does God feel in light of the fruit we bear?
The other verse that stood out to me was Isaiah 5:20. Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. The lines between right and wrong have become so blurred, that even if someone stands up for what they believe to be right...they are looked upon as being wrong. Not wanting to make a political statement here, but following the recent news events regarding the upcoming marches in Steinbach and the wishes of some politicians not to participate due to their beliefs....and being called out as haters. Woe to us as we slide further and further down a path where there is no right and wrong....and do nothing to support those who do make a stand.
In Isaiah 13, we read about the judgement towards Babylon and other pagan nations, but it stood out to me that the Lord's Day of Judgement is coming for all. Isaiah 13:9-13 . Wail, for the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.[a] 7 Because of this, all hands will go limp, every heart will melt with fear. Terror will seize them, pain and anguish will grip them; they will writhe like a woman in labor. They will look aghast at each other, their faces aflame. —a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger- to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it. We often think of God as a very patient and tolerant God, yet when we read this passage one only gets a glimpse into Gods anger towards sin. Yet in all of this, God remembers those who are faithful and part of His family. In Isaiah 14:1-2 it describes how the Lord will have compassion on Israel and will bless them. This serves as a reminder to me that even though I am one of God's children and have the promise of eternal life...sin is something God cannot tolerate.