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Today we will look at another aspect of our current course of study from Isaiah 5, which is extremely important to note: THE WINEPRESS! If you are a lover of fine wine, you can appreciate the process of wine making and that involves the use of a winepress. Let us take a look.
Isaiah 5:2: (see bold print)
“And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.”
The winepress is a place where the fruit of the vine (grapes) are processed to produce something that is soothing to the stomach, something that is brought before kings. It is located in the vineyard.
This speaks to the expectation of the vine dresser. He has made the conditions right for the vine to be protected, liberated and well nourished. These are the things that are needed for the production of its fruit (grape). The vine is not expected to produce anything but the best. The best seed was planted in the best soil, in the best conditions, therefore the vine must produce the best grapes. Think about it, no one plants and gives careful attention to their crop without expecting an excellent harvest.
In addition to this, the location of the winepress says that the grapes are pressed or processed IMMEDIATELY. Therefore there is no chance for the grapes to begin to rot. They go from the vine to the winepress!
God is looking, waiting expectantly for the yielding of our fruit, that it can be translated into something that is profitable and self preserved, which will last for a very long time. May I add that the older it gets, the more valuable it is, the sweeter it is, the better it becomes; a substance fit for kings!
Are you yielding good fruit? What are your excuses for not walking in obedience to the word of God? It is only by our living out the word of God, that we can produce good fruit, that our fruit can be used to bless others. Jesus commanded us to produce fruit that will remain. (John 15:16). What then is the quality of your fruit?
Father, I have been learning so much about where You have planted me and the conditions that You have made so right for me to thrive. I understand that You expect me to yield good fruit, fruit that remains. I pray that You will, even in this day, intensify my desire and pursuit of Your word, to hide it in my heart and to live it out, for Your glory. I pray that my thoughts and actions will glorify You as I dwell in Your presence, in Your vineyard, in Christ Jesus my Savior. Thank You Lord for this provision, I pray in Jesus’ name, AMEN!
By Joanna Lloyd