In today's sermon we consider the fate of Judah (the southern Kingdom). In particular we consider their fall to the Babylonian empire which Isaiah likens to the destruction of a vineyard. Isaiah also presents this pending fate, as a divine response to the faithlessness of the people. That may be the case, but not all suffering should be seen this way. The Bible itself challenges this idea. One aspect of Isaiah's message, however, remains universally applicable. There is always hope. Even from a stump, new life can grow and flourish. There was hope for Judah, and there is hope for us. Always.
November 20, 2019