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ISAIAH 55:1-13

thanksgiving-feastGod’s people in Isaiah’s time were going through a period of spiritual hunger. While in Babylonian captivity, they didn’t have God’s protection, blessings or spiritual sustenance. However, Isaiah was inviting them to return to their Maker.

 1“Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters;  And you who have no money come, buy and eat Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost.
    2“Why do you spend money for what is not bread,  And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,  And delight yourself in abundance.  3“Incline your ear and come to Me Listen, that you may live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, According to the faithful mercies shown to David.
    

Isaiah invites everyone!  This invitation was to eat and drink of God’s goodness to the point of fullness. I especially love the fact that those who wished to accept the invitation didn’t have to bring anything along for entry to the spiritual banquet. God’s grace comes free – a gift to us. So many times we feel we have to work to earn grace; but God had only one requirement for the Isrealites (and for us today) – repentance.  Along with repentance comes the acknowledgement of Christ as our Savior. God’s grace comes as a result of having been redeemed through the blood of Jesus; this gift of grace is given freely.

 

 The food and drink being made available is God’s spiritual truths and blessings. Unlike the spiritual junk food the world offers, God’s food is satisfying all our needs. Today, we hear of economic decline, loss of  jobs and homes, families under attack, etc… We’ve become an anxious and panic stricken society. However, this is not the case with those who have taken advantage of God’s invitation to feed at His spiritual table. Those who are spiritually well-feed have a healthy outlook on life because their thinking involves faith in God; they rest their hope on God’s promises and do not give in to fear or anxiety. Spiritual junk food is toxic to the body and the mind and is destructive to the spirit.

 

 6)Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. 7Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.

 God’s people were admonished to seek the Lord. Why? Because of their sin, they were far removed from God’s presence that in order for them to experience God’s blessings again, they would have to search him out. Calling upon Him “while He is near” didn’t mean that God would grow impatient and eventually depart. The uncertainty is not with God, but rather with those who need to be calling upon Him. If they continue to resist God, their hearts will eventually grow hard toward him and the end result will be disastrous. Having a heart hardened for God totally removes Him from being in the place He can be found.

 

     8“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. 9“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.  10“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;

 One of the promises we can rest on is that God forgives freely. This may seem like a casual thought until you have experienced total forgiveness by God. His plans and holiness surpass all human comprehension. Verses 8-10 help us to see that we don’t always have to understand His way – they are too great! God is not looking for analysis, but worship that rests on knowing He is a keeper of promises.

 

 11So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty,Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.  Verse 11 is probably my most favorite scripture in the bible. When I start to feel overwhelmed, I remember God’s promises to me (and this verse), knowing He will deliver me.  The message Isaiah was conveying to God’s people was that although they were in a fallen state, God would still keep the promise He made to Abraham. The nation needed to know that God would be faithful to His word; yet, undeserving and unworthy, Judah would be restored.

 

The book of Isaiah is a wonderful book in that so many of us have either been in “captivity” or may be there right now in their lives. God’s people were delivered; He kept His promise to them to restore them to a great nation once again. Instead of being in spiritual starvation, they experienced an abundance of blessings.  We’re invited to the same banquet; will we RSVP?

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May 8, 2009 - Posted by | Expressions | , , ,

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