Isaiah’s Vineyard Song

Pastor Kevin Rutledge - 11/19/2023 10:00 AM

Join us for an exploration of the power of metaphors in the book of Isaiah, particularly focusing on the story of the beloved vineyard. Listen in as we dissect the role of prophets, their messages to the people, and how they warn of deviating from God's path. We pray together, asking for guidance in a world filled with challenges and yearning for God's voice amidst the noise.

Let's embark on a journey through gardening, metaphorically connecting it to the beloved vineyard in Isaiah. We share personal anecdotes, revealing the trials and tribulations of nurturing growth. The episode takes a deep, thoughtful look at the consequences of straying from God's plan and the fear that can often accompany this realization. However, there's a silver lining as we find hope in the promise of new life and rebirth, embodied by a shoot emerging from a tree stump in Isaiah 11. We reflect on this as a possible prediction of Jesus' arrival, but also as a universal message of hope.

In the final part of our conversation, we encourage listeners to see the possibility of new life even in the most challenging circumstances. We discuss how new growth might look different, but it remains connected to the original source. We end the episode on a hopeful note, encouraging listeners to seek areas in their lives and the world where new growth might be possible. Together, we reflect on the importance of patience, faith, and justice in nurturing this growth.


  • First Reading: Mark 12:1-12
  • Second Reading: Isaiah 5:1-7; 11:1-5
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This Week's Reading Plan

Day: Reading:
Monday King Hezekiah Reigns: 2 Kings 18:1-8
Tuesday The Assyrian Attack: 2 Kings 18:13-18
Wednesday The Assyrians Challenge God: 2 Kings 18:28-37
Thursday Jerusalem Is Saved: 2 Kings 19:1-2, 5-7, 29-37
Friday Hezekiah's Sickness: 2 Kings 20:1-11
Saturday A Bad King: 2 Kings 21:1-9
Sunday Josiah Finds the Scroll: 2 Kings 22:1-10

This includes only the sermon portion of the service.

Reflections and Caring Conversations

Please use the prompts and prayers below to aid you in your devotions for this week.

  • Morning Prayer: Dear God, thank You for another chance at life and rebirth this morning. As I prepare for this day, may I be reminded of the power of hope, the beauty of resilience, and the possibility of rebirth. Teach me to see the silver lining in every situation and to stay true to Your divine intent. Help me navigate the spiritual maze of this world with wisdom and understanding. Amen.

  • Evening Prayer: Lord, as I prepare to rest, I thank You for the lessons from Isaiah's vineyard. I am grateful for the moments of growth and rebirth experienced today. As I sleep tonight, may the lessons of hope and resilience sink deeper into my heart. Grant me the grace to patiently wait for Your divine timing and to remain hopeful even in daunting circumstances. Amen.

  • Reflection Question: Reflecting on the sermon, how do you interpret the metaphors used in Isaiah's vineyard story? What do they symbolize for you? (Reference: Isaiah 5:1-7)

  • Reflection Question: In the sermon, it's noted that the new growth may take a different form, but it's still intrinsically linked to the original source. How can this concept apply to your personal spiritual journey?
  • Reflection Question: The sermon invites us to uncover potential new life even in the most daunting circumstances. Discuss times when you've seen new growth emerge from challenging situations in your life or in the lives of those around you.

  • Reflection Question: Towards the end of the sermon, there is a focus on finding hope and nurturing growth in seemingly hopeless situations. Discuss ways in which you can nurture growth and find hope in your personal relationships and spiritual life.