“My well-beloved had a vineyard on a fertile hill. He dug it all around, removed its stones, and planted it with the choicest vine. And He built a tower in the middle of it and also hewed out a wine vat in it…” (Isaiah 5:1c-2).
Isaiah’s song continues with a utilization of verbs indicating design, intentionality, planning, and purpose. Even beyond its intended application to Israel, the vineyard could be a metaphor for the entirety of God’s created order. He not only brought something out of nothing, but God’s provision offers every resource necessary for his people to flourish in the fulfillment of their assigned task.