“When I expected it to bring forth good grapes, did it bring forth wild grapes?” (Isaiah 5:4).
Isaiah, the prophet sings a sorrowful song in the 5th chapter of his book about the vineyard on a very fruitful hill. God loved that vineyard very much and so He dug it up and cleared out its stones and planted it with the choicest vine. So He expected it to bring forth good grapes, but it brought forth wild grapes.
Of all the people belonging to the period of the Old Testament, God chose the people of Israel as His own. So He brought the vine plant which is the people of Israel who were under slavery in Egypt and planted it in Canaan where milk and honey flow. “For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel and the men of Judah are His pleasant plants” (Isaiah 5:7). But the children of Israel yielded wild grapes to God.
A farmer had planted a mango tree in his garden and the tree had been giving good, tasty fruits to him. But after a certain period, the fruits were not sweet and became bitter in taste. What he gave to that plant (Israelites) was indeed good water and good fertiliser. But the newly planted neem plants near the roots of the mango tree had grown up and their roots entangled with the roots of the mango tree and as a result, the bitter taste of the neem tree entered the mango tree.
Whichever tree stands near the bitter water of Marah will bear only fruits with a taste of bitterness. Is it not? That is why God had warned the people of God not to have any fellowship with the Gentiles and people involved in idolatry. But they did not pay heed to His words.
The world which does not know Jesus Christ dwells in squalor. The Israelites were attracted by the civilisation, culture and the traditions of the world. Thus they had fellowship with them and resultantly the Israelites were influenced with the disgusting characteristics of the world. Isaiah dwelled in the midst of the people of unclean lips and that made him a man of unclean lips. Is it not? (Isaiah 6:5).
In our village, we used to get the honey of good quality. But the honey which we receive during the season when the neem tree blossoms will have a slight taste of bitterness in it. This will spoil the other honey too. Christ Himself became the true vine to enable you to bear good fruits (John 15:1). When you have fellowship with the Holy Son of God, you will bear special tasty fruits.
To meditate: “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks” (Deuteronomy 28:4).