Isaiah 55

Come to the waters; buy without money  1
I will make an everlasting covenant   3
Seek the Lord while he may be found  6
The Lord's words, like the rain, are effective  10
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 A beautiful and powerful appeal from our loving God
  Isa. 54:17 . . . . This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
.1 ¶ Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
.2  Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
  1 - Everyone The appeal is without reservation. Although God knows the future, He has not created some for heaven and some for eternal death.
  1 - Everyone that thirsteth Everyone who hears the call of the Holy Spirit not just Jews. ps04201, ps06301, mt0506, jn0737, re2106, re2217.
  1 - Without price Christ paid the penalty of our sin. 1pe0224, is5306.
  2 - Not bread Why seek the pleasures of the world, especially those that do not encourage spiritual growth. We may think of sports and most other entertainment here. These may, at first, take a struggle to give up, but the Lord will replace their passing appeal with the joy of righteousness jn1511.
.3  Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
 4  Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
 5  Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
  3 - Everlasting covenant God keeps His part of the covenant and describes the blessing for us for keeping out part. See table below.
  3 - Mercies of David The covenant our way of salvation is the mercies of the One of whom David was symbolic ez2127.
.6 ¶ Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
.7  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
.8  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith 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.
  7 - Mercy ... abundantly pardon God longs to help us find true and eternal happiness. He is crying for us in this chapter!
.10  For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
.11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
 12  For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
.13  Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
  11 - My word ... not ... void That promise has not changed. It's a call to reverent bible study 2ti0215.
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The descent of the Word


Heaven sends down
   Rain and snow (the means)
God sends down
   The Word (the means)
To Earth To humanity
Results
   It is watered
Results
   Liberation
   It bears    Joys
   It sprouts    Peace
   It furnishes seed to the sower and bread to the eater    Adoption of God's thoughts and ways.