MEMORY VERSE: Isaiah 5:4 “What more was there to do for My vineyard that I have not done it? When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?”
HYMN: MHB 325 (L.M.) – O COME, ye sinners, to your Lord.
This passage for us this morning clearly paints the picture of the sour relationship between God and the nation of Israel, the vineyard of the Lord Almighty. God continuously worked vigorously to plant the finest vines, built a tower to guard His vineyard, dug the soil and cleared it of stones so that His vineyard (the nation of Israel) could yield good grapes (in gratitude for God’s good deeds), but the nation of Israel yielded wild grapes in return. Wild grapes were the fruits of the corrupt nature of the ungrateful nation of Israel.
The wickedness of those that profess religion, and enjoy the means of grace, must be upon the sinners themselves. Israel shall no longer be peculiar people because of their ungratefulness as a nation. When errors and vices go without check or control, the vineyard is unpruned, then it will soon be grown over with thorns (Isaiah 5: 6). This is often shown in the departure of God’s glory from those nations that are ungrateful for God’s mercy, provision, protection, and goodness over their nations (Isaiah 5: 4-5).
It is said that instead of the grapes of humility, meekness, love, peace, joy, patience, and goodness (Gal.5:22-26), there are the wild grapes of pride, passion, discontent, malice, and contempt of God; instead of the grapes of praying and praising God, there are wild grapes of ungratefulness, cursing and false swearing with God’s holy name! Habba!
God expects Nigeria’s vineyard to bear fruits of good thoughts, affection, words and actions to be agreeable to His spirit because our beloved nation is enjoying God’s privileges of natural and human resources, well-watered forests, and good harvests. In Nigeria, we need to be grateful to God as a nation and bring forth fruit with patience, that in the end, we may obtain everlasting life.
PRAYER: Oh God, forgive us for our ungratefulness and help Nigeria as a nation to yield good fruits in gratitude for God’s faithfulness. Amen.

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