The Vineyard of God
Devotional with Pastor Israel Pochtar

Walking among the vineyards in the Judean hills in Israel is so special, and it’s inevitable to think about biblical prophecies. 

The most remarkable thing about this flourishing and fruitful region of Judean hills that is now filled with vineyards, is that it used to be a desert filled with thorns and thistles. 

For hundreds of years, nothing grew in this region, the entire land of Israel was desolate. But then, God miraculously restored the house of Israel, bringing the nation back to their Land. 

The vineyard of the LORD Almighty is the nation of Israel, and the people of Judah are the vines he delighted in.

Isaiah 5:7

Just as the owner of a vineyard works hard to take care of it, keep it and protect it, the same way God is working in His vineyard and protects His people like His precious vines.  Through Jesus, you have been grafted into God’s vine, and you are now part of His vineyard that He works hard to keep and protect. 

Even though Yeshua spoke to His Jewish disciples in Israel, His words are eternal, spoken through generations to every believer and Christian. 

I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

John 15:1

Reading Jesus’ prophetic words while walking among the Judean vineyards, is so powerful.  Next time you’re in Israel, don’t miss the opportunity to walk among the vineyards in Judean hills and read those prophetic scriptures. The way you will be filled with the Holy Spirit is so amazing! 

Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

John 15:2

We are in Him! Much like the branches that are grafted into the vine bear fruit, if we are grafted in Him, we will also bear fruit.  It’s not an ongoing thing, but a seasonal one. And it’s important to remember that. There is a season for growing, pruning, shedding and also for bearing fruit and harvesting. It doesn’t all happen at once. There’s a process, and we need to trust our Vinedresser who knows the seasons. 

We are all branches grafted into the same vine, and what these vines need most is for the vinedresser to come, walk among them and cut off the branches that aren’t supposed to be there.  It’s a beautiful illustration of how God comes into our life and removes things that harm us and keep us from bearing fruit. 

Standing in the vineyards in the Judean hills reminds me of the importance of asking the Lord to work in our lives, acknowledging that we need His wisdom and guidance to shape us into the fruit-bearing vines that He wants us to be. 

Despite the cleansing work that was done in us, we are still a work in progress while we are in this world, and we need God to check our lives for any harmful branches that might have attached themselves to us.  There is never enough that we could have of the Lord, there is always more of His glory that He has in store for us. 

Don’t get complacent and satisfied with how much of the Lord you have in your life, there’s always more of Him that He wants you to have. 

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

John 15:4

The outcome of abiding in the vine is obvious when you look at a thriving and flourishing vineyard — it bears fruit. 

When we abide in the Lord, it will be evident, because the fruit we will bear will be a blessing to those around us.