Isaiah 5:5-6. “And now go to: I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up: and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: And I will lay it waste : it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.”
We need to remember that all the earth is His; that He can use it or destroy it as He wills. We also need to remember that obedience brings blessing, but disobedience brings a curse.
In verse 5, God saying “Now go to” would be roughly equivalent to our expression, “Now listen up!” In other words, pay attention, take heed, prepare yourselves as best you can for what is coming.”
I have a friend who is an avid gardener. She is know for many things, but her flowers are perhaps the most beautiful. Every spring, early in the season, she starts digging. She has planned out where she want certain shrubbery or beds of a particular flower, and she digs. The earth is turned over, and she uses natural fertilizer. By the time she is finished, the soil is ready for the plants or cuttings or seeds that she has chosen. Then, she told me one time, she prays for rain, because without rain you can never water adequately to get the best results.
I thought about her while I was typing the verses today. God was going to tear up the hedges of protection around Jerusalem, and He was going to break down the walls. There would be no pruning or digging, and He was also going to forbid the clouds to drop their stores of water over the earth. The ground would become dry, cracked, infertile, yielding nothing but sour grapes.
When God’s Word is poured out on His people with no effect because of their backslidden condition, then He will withhold His Word, and there will be nothing but sour grapes.