August 12, 2001
v. 1 - Empty vine, fruit unto itself - luxuriant - like the
fig tree which Christ cursed.
v. 2 - divided heart - “my son, give me thy heart”
Ecclesiastical disaster, secular disaster - no upholder
of church or state.
v. 3 - wild license - recklessly giving vent to an
anarchical & atheistic spirit.
Fountain head of their wickedness!
“In those days there was no king in Israel: every
man did that which was right in his own eyes”
v. 4 - hemlock - crimes springing up abundantly like
an obnoxious weed. SORROW - SHAME-
Moral corruption the usual consequence of
irreligious - deception, perjury, spin doctors.
v. 5 - Glory departed - Ichabod - I Samuel 4
v. 6 - “receive shame....and ashamed of his own counsel”
v. 7 - “foam upon the water” - reduced to nothing.
vs. 8-9 - hypocritical worshipping of God other than at
v. 11 - Also ch. 4:16 - Braced
v. 12 - Call to repentance and reformation
“it is time to seek the Lord”
The heart, like land untilled, hard & difficult to plow -
must be broken - loss of time - misspent time - redeem
v. 13 - Plowed wickedness, reaped iniquity - cultivated it.
Sunk into idolatry, no longer looking to Jehovah as the
source of their power & strength - confident of their
sagacity & thought - they fancied themselves independent
of the Almighty.
Trusting in political wisdom and the power & prowess of
their mighty men.
“eaten the fruit of lies” - Satan the father of lies.