These days I sometimes struggle to believe that Isaiah is actually in the Old Testament. It is stuffed full of the kind of things Jesus taught and demonstrated. This passage calls to my mind the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well in the village of Sychar (John ch.4 – there are also echoes of Revelation.) You see I am still surprised to find that the whole bible is about Jesus, not just the New Testament. I know it’s a simple point but I think it bears repeating: the early church only had the old testament to work with. The whole new testament has come from the truth of the old covenant scripture being lived out in the light of Jesus by the apostles and their followers in the early church. Imagine many people, whole peoples in fact, running to obey the Lord because your example, the example of your own life, was such a great example of the glory and power of God!
Isaiah 55:1-7 NLT
“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink— even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free! Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David. See how I used him to display my power among the peoples. I made him a leader among the nations. You also will command nations you do not know, and peoples unknown to you will come running to obey, because I, the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, have made you glorious.” Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.
My goal today is to take seriously Isaiah’s advice in verse 6 of today’s passage: Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him while he is near. I have realised very recently that all of this very earnest and worthy bible study that I have been engaged in all this year, if not combined with a regular and faithful calling out to the Lord in prayer, is all just ideas. I want to taste and share with others, this amazing and abundant free banquet that the Lord has promised us today in the book of Isaiah. I am genuinely seeking the Lord and I call out to him to come near and hear my prayer. I pray that all we who believe in Jesus
would cry out to the Lord together in the great hope that his spirit would fill us all to overflowing. Then perhaps, when they can see God’s power in us, perhaps nations of people who do not yet know the Lord, seeing his glory in us might come running to find him.
Isaiah 54:1-57:14, Ephesians 6:1-24, Psalms 70:1-5, Proverbs 24:8