Comments on Isaiah 55

One   of my favorite scriptures is   chapter   55 in Isaiah   .   I’m not sure what the meanings of Isaiah’s words would have been to his   contemporaries, but for Christians this chapter contains some real gems. The   chapter opens with an invitation to grace; for those who are hungry and   thirsty to come eat and drink. 

 Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.

This makes me think of Jesus; He refers to Himself as the “Bread of Life” in   John   chapter 6 and in   John   Chapter 4 , He tells us that he is “Living Water”.

Then Isaiah says that we should seek the Lord because by seeking the Lord, we   receive mercy from Him. To seek the Lord one must turn from wickedness and   return to the Lord to receive mercy. This is very different from how we   normally think. Usually people want to seek whatever feels good at the moment,   and they often think of God as a stern judge or a wet blanket intent on   putting a damper on their party. Isaiah tells us that God’s way of thinking is   very different from how we usually think. All of this can be found in verses   6-9 as show below.

  Seek the Lord while he may be found,   call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the   unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the   Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God,   for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are   your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens   are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my   thoughts than your thoughts.

Then comes my favorite part; Isaiah tells us that the rain comes down from   heaven to renew and replenish the earth. Then he tells us that God’s word is   like the rain that comes to renew the earth. He says that before the rain can   return to heaven, it waters the earth making the plants grow. God’s word does   not return empty handed either, rather God accomplishes His purposes through   his word. This purpose is to renew and replenish the earth. Jesus Christ is   the Incarnate Word, and He will accomplish his purpose; which is the making   all things new again. Furthermore, God sends the Holy Spirit to us, so that we   can continue to bear the Word into the world and accomplish His purpose.

For as the rain and the snow come down from   heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it   bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so   shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty,   but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for   which I sent it.