What more could have been done for my vineyard
than I have done for it?
When I looked for good grapes,
why did it yield only bad?
Observation - What does it say?
God likens the nation of Israel to his vineyard. Verse 2 says he prepared the ground by clearing it of stones. He planted the choicest vines. He built a watchtower and cut out a winepress. He did all he could to help the vineyard produce great fruit. But, to his surprise, when looking for good grapes he only found bad fruit.
Likewise, God set up his people Israel to produce the fruit of obedience, faithfulness and love, and instead they produced rebellion, idolatry and violence. Despite the law he gave them, the temple and priests he established, and leaders he sent who encouraged them in following the Lord, they still went awry.
Understanding - What does it mean?
God does everything to set his people up to live godly lives that bear good fruit. If they go awry, they alone are to blame.
Think of all God has done for us his people. He sent his Son to die so we could be forgiven of sin and restored relationship with him. He has given us complete access to him whenever we want it. He has given us his word that instructs us in detail how he desires us to live. He has placed his own Spirit inside of us to guide us and empower us to live godly lives. He has placed people in our lives to teach us and encourage us in living godly lives. Consider these scriptures:
2 Peter 1:3
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
We have no excuse not to live godly lives, to not live in obedience to God, to not bear lots of good fruit!
Take advantage of all God’s blessings so I can bear good fruit!
Lord, what more could you have done for us?! Thank you for all the ways you have blessed us. We recognize that with these great blessings, we have great responsibility to produce good fruit. Please give us strength to put to death our selfish desires and to live to love you and love others. When you look upon us, may you be pleased with the fruit you see. Amen.