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This week’s Narrative Lectionary passage gives us two passages from Isaiah. The first is the love song of the vineyard yielding bad fruit in chapter five. The second is from chapter eleven, a passage we often hear during Advent, where a shoot grows from the stump of Jesse.
Commentary at Working Preacher is here. A podcast on the Narrative that I enjoy is here. Dr. Amy Robertson and Dr. Robert Williamson lead the discussion NL;DR. Check it out. Are there other Narrative resources that you use and that help your sermon prep? Please share them in the comments.
Hosea - Passage - God - Israel - God
Following the Hosea passage, where God rickrolls Israel with how God will never give them up, never gonna let them down, etc, Isaiah is a good continuation of the theme.
God’s love song about the vineyard doesn’t always feel like a love song, with all the trampling and desolation. Yet, it is a love song, much like Hosea. God reminds us, again and again, that divine intention for us is abundance, wholeness, enjoyment.
Owner - Vineyard - Love - Care - Labor
The owner of the vineyard puts love and care and back-breaking labor into this vineyard. Digging and clearing a field, investing in choice vines and the infrastructure needed to make wine are all signs of the owner’s love and of his hope for a future of prosperity. And this isn’t just a garden of pretty flowers. This is a vineyard that will bear fruit—so that people can eat, so people can drink. It isn’t just for the benefit of the gardener. It is for the benefit of the community.
Those of you who garden and farm know that the harvest is too much to only benefit one person.
Harvest - Benefits - Others
An abundant harvest benefits others.
Well-tended vineyards and gardens are illustrations of abundance, of how you live when your cup is runneth-ing over. The owner of the...
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