- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Isaiah 5
Chapter 5 is known as the Song of the Vineyard, allegorical and didactic song of the wine harvest. Prophet Isaiah reinterprets in order to describe God’s relationship with the nation of Israel and Judah and imitates a festival song to say an oracle against the people of Israel and of Judah, and God’s judgment against them for their unfaithfulness, unrighteousness, and injustice.
There are six oracles of “woe,” that lamented God in verses 8, 11,18,20,21, 22. God’s judgment will bring to them destruction, famine, exile, chaos, invasion of foreign country.
The Song of the Vineyard, however, sing a song of righteousness of God (v.16), and a song of hope (v.17). Amidst of God’s judgment, prophet Isaiah sees the hope of restoration coming from God’s righteousness and holiness.
1. What does God speak to you today in this chapter.
2. What is the purpose of God’s judgement toward God’s people?
3. Close with silent prayer for two minutes.