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1. When you start a project (term paper, remodeling a house, etc.) with high hopes, but if fails repeatedly, what do you do: Give up? Try again? Wait until next year? Explain your answer.
2. What does your garden grow?
3. Put yourself in the place of the gardener in this song. What do you expect from your labors (verse 2)? How do you feel about the results? What would you do next year?
4. If you were a gardener with an annual crop, how long would it take you to give up on that plot of land? What is God’s purpose in asking the people to judge for themselves what He should do to the vineyard (verses 3 and 4)?
5. Verse 7 explains the song. What are some ways God cultivated and cared for Judah, the garden of His delight? What is one chief quality God expects to see in His people (see also Isaiah 1:17)? How is the “fruit” that has grown different from what He expected?
6. What are some of the “fruits” people use today to evaluate how spiritual a person is? How do these compare with what God looks for in a growing church (see Matthew 21:33 – 44; John 15:1 – 3; Galatians 5:22, 23)?
7. How would you assess the “fruit” in your life?
- just budding
- still premature
- developing on schedule
- ripe for enjoyment