We’re going to ignore the second half of the passage because it was written as a prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem after the destruction of Jerusalem to explain why God allowed Jerusalem to be destroyed. Instead read about the care God took with the vineyard a few times, then close your eyes and picture a lush vineyard in your mind.
The project is going to focus on the lush vineyard and wild vineyard within you. How has God nurtured you? And how have you responded to that nurture? Draw or paint a vineyard similar to James Jacques Joseph’s Vineyards with Their Watch Towers, but divide it into lush and wild vineyards while thinking about your responses to God.
Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19
A simpler project still working with the vineyard image is to focus on verse 8, “You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.” But this time focus on one bunch of grapes, such as these, and think about how you can better respond to God. I selected a photo with mixed color grapes as a suggestion that you can assign different colors to different types of responses.
Paul highlights the faith of the Israelites fleeing Egypt and crossing the Red (Reed) Sea as well as the faith of Rahab, who sheltered spies and then hung a scarlet red cord or thread out of her window so they would rescue her before the destruction of Jericho. Use images from those stories to create a frame for your faith.
If you use the Israelites, you may draw waves parted on either side of your paper. If you do this, you may spot a heart shape in the white space. Center the first part of verse 29 in large decorative letters in the white space between the waves. Then journal about times you have walked by faith to fill the space.
If you like the Rahab story, you may draw a wall with a window in it and a red thread dangling from the window. Add a picture of yourself peaking out the window as if you are Rahab. Then journal about how you have helped others and gained peace.
A simple reading of the passage is that Jesus sought out division instead of peace, but that’s not quite right. Notice how the division is generational: father to son, mother to daughter, mother-in-law to daughter-in-law. This is about bringing change that was resisted by the elders or people in charge. Sound familiar?
Jesus saw that change was necessary in society and keeping the peace would not bring about that change. Instead of looking at how you have been resisted by others, we’re going to look at how you have resisted your own dreams. First, what would you do with your life if money wasn’t a concern and you didn’t have any family obligations? Start by sketching that in the clouds. Second, what are the excuses you’ve given for not doing it? What are real reasons you haven’t done it? Draw those in at the earth level. Third, ask yourself if there are ways you can include more of your dreams in your daily life? Start out small.