In that day,
“A vineyard of wine, sing of it!
3 “I, the Lord, am its keeper;
I water it every moment.
So that no one will damage it,
I guard it night and day,” (27:2-3).
This chapter is perhaps another example of dual fulfillment of prophecy. It directly refers to that day when Jews would see God’s deliverance from their seventy-year captivity after Babylon was conquered by Persia and given permission to return to their homeland.
In that day the Lord will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent,
With His fierce and great and mighty sword,
Even Leviathan the twisted serpent;
And He will kill the dragon who lives in the sea, (27:1).
And there are also similarities to what the apostle John wrote in his prophecy recorded in the Book of Revelation.
And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, 8 and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him, (Revelation 12:7-9).
Both Isaiah and Revelation paint a picture of war, and wars always have casualties. But I was struck with the imagery that even in the midst of conflicts and battles, there is a Vineyard that bears fruit, a Vineyard preserved, cared for, and guarded by Him, the Vineyard’s Keeper.
He is The Vineyard’s Keeper Who Keeps the house of Israel.
For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel
And the men of Judah His delightful plant, (Isaiah 5:7).
He is The Vineyard’s Keeper Who Keeps every believer in Christ.
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser,” (John 15:1).
Consider Him, the Vineyard’s Keeper
In that day,
“A vineyard of wine, sing of it!
3 “I, the Lord, am its keeper…”(27:2-3).
This phrase in the New American Standard Bible, “A vineyard of wine,” is also translated as “a fruitful vineyard; a pleasant vineyard; a vineyard of beauty; a desirable vineyard.”
From Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance:
Vineyard: 3754. כֶּרֶם kerem: A common noun indicating a vineyard, an area where grapevines and their fruits are gown and cultivated intensely… It is used as a figure of Israel with the Lord as the owner of the vineyard…”
Of Wine; Fruitful; Pleasant; Of Beauty; Desirable: “2531. חֶמֶד ḥemeḏ: A masculine noun meaning handsome, pleasant, beautiful. It indicates what is desirable and appreciated, charming. It is used to describe a pleasant or fruitful vineyard…”
Keep: “5341. נָצַר nāṣar: A verb meaning to guard, to keep, to observe, to preserve, to hide… Sometimes the word refers directly to God’s preservation and maintenance of His people…”
The meaning is clear, vineyards were planted to produce. And the enemy can never destroy God’s Vineyard, for he is powerless against Him, the Vineyard’s Keeper.
- He Is the Vineyard’s Keeper Who Intensely Cultivates His Vineyard.
- “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit,” (John 15:2).
- He Is the Vineyard’s Keeper Who Guards His Vineyard.
- But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one, (2 Thessalonians 3:3 ESV).
- He Is the Vineyard’s Keeper Who Keeps His Vineyard.
- …To those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ, (Jude 1:1).
- He Is the Vineyard’s Keeper Who Observes His Vineyard.
- And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do, (Hebrews 4:13 ).
- He Is the Vineyard’s Keeper Who Preserves His Vineyard.
- And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen! (2 Timothy 4:18 NKJV).
- He Is the Vineyard’s Keeper Who Hides His Vineyard.
- For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God, (Colossians 3:3).
- He Is the Vineyard’s Keeper Who Brings Forth His Fruitful, Pleasant, Beautiful, Desirable Harvest.
- “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing,” (John 15:4-5).
How do we respond to Him, the Vineyard’s Keeper?
Jesus chose and appointed us to bear fruit that is pleasant, beautiful, desirable, and lasting, that our hearts would be lined up with His will and bring glory to Him, the Vineyard’s Keeper.
“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples,” (John 15:6-8).
And He also told us there is only one way we can be the kind of Vineyard that glorifies Him; it is as we abide in the True Vine and trust the work of the Vineyard’s Keeper to prune us as needed.
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing,” (John 15:1-5).
Prophecies from both the Old and New Testaments refer to that day when a great trumpet will be blown, gathering those who are scattered to come before Him in worship.
It will come about also in that day that a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were perishing in the land of Assyria and who were scattered in the land of Egypt will come and worship the Lord in the holy mountain at Jerusalem, (27:13).
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
He has been faithful to do all that is needed in His intense cultivation, and we can trust Him in every battle of life to guard, keep, observe, preserve, and hide His Vineyard until that day. But it is only as we abide in Him through the power of His Holy Spirit, it is only as He lives His life in us and we live by faith in the One Who loved us, that we will bear His fruit.
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me, (Galatians 2:20).
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control… (Galatians 5:22-23).
Oh, that we would live each and every day to please Him, the Vineyard’s Keeper, and that by faith we would abide in Him as we trust His Keeping that we would bear His fruit until He comes again.
so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; (Colossians 1:10).