Isaiah Chapter 55
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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.
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:
12For 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.
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Matthew Henry's Isaiah Chapter 55 Bible commentary...
An invitation to receive freely the blessings of the Saviour. (1-5) Gracious offers of pardon and peace. (6-13)1-5 All are welcome to the blessings of salvation, to whom those blessings are welcome. In Christ there is enough for all, and enough for each. Those satisfied with the world, that see no need of Christ, do not thirst. They are in no uneasiness about their souls: but where God gives grace, he gives a thirst after it; and where he has given a thirst after it, he will give it. Come to Christ, for he is the Fountain opened, he is the Rock smitten. Come to holy ordinances, to the streams that make glad the city of our God. Come to the healing waters, come to the living waters, #Re 22:17|. Our Saviour referred to this, #Joh 7:37|. Come, and buy; make it your own by application of the grace of the gospel to yourselves. Come, and eat; make it still more your own, and enjoy it. The world comes short of our expectations; we promise ourselves, at least, water in it, and we are disappointed; but Christ outdoes our expectations. We come to him, and we find wine and milk. The gifts offered to us are such as no price can be set upon. The things offered are already paid for; for Christ purchased them at the full price of his own blood, #1Pe 1:19|. Our wants are beyond number, and we have nothing to supply them; if Christ and heaven are ours, we see ourselves for ever indebted to free grace. Hearken diligently; let the proud heart stoop; not only come, but accept God's offers. All the wealth and pleasure in the world, will not yield solid comfort and content to the soul. They do not satisfy even the appetites of the body; for all is vanity and vexation. Let the disappointments we meet with in the world, help to drive us to Christ, and to seek for satisfaction in him only. Then, and not before, we shall find rest for our souls. Hear, and your soul shall live. On what easy terms is happiness offered us! By the sure mercies of David, we are to understand the Messiah. All his mercies are covenant mercies; they are purchased by him, they are promised in him, and out of his hand they are dispensed to us. We know not how to find the way to the waters, but Christ is given to be a Leader, a Commander, to show us what to do, and enable us to do it. Our business is to obey him, and follow him. And there is no coming to the Father but by him. He is the Holy One of Israel, true to his promises; and he has promised to glorify Christ, by giving him the heathen for his inheritance.
6-13 Here is a gracious offer of pardon, and peace, and of all happiness. It shall not be in vain to seek God, now his word is calling to us, and his Spirit is striving with us. But there is a day coming when he will not be found. There may come such a time in this life; it is certain that at death and judgment the door will be shut. There must be not only a change of the way, but a change of the mind. We must alter our judgments about persons and things. It is not enough to break off from evil practices, we must strive against evil thoughts. To repent is to return to our Lord, against whom we have rebelled. If we do so, God will multiply to pardon, as we have multiplied to offend. But let none trifle with this plenteous mercy, or use it as an occasion to sin. Men's thoughts concerning sin, Christ, and holiness, concerning this world and the other, vastly differ from God's; but in nothing more than in the matter of pardon. We forgive, and cannot forget; but when God forgives sin, he remembers it no more. The power of his word in the kingdoms of providence and grace, is as certain as in that of nature. Sacred truth produces a spiritual change in the mind of men, which neither rain nor snow can make on the earth. It shall not return to the Lord without producing important effects. If we take a special view of the church, we shall find what great things God has done, and will do for it. The Jews shall come to their own land; this shall represent the blessings promised. Gospel grace will make a great change in men. Delivered from the wrath to come, the converted sinner finds peace in his conscience; and love constrains him to devote himself to the service of his Redeemer. Instead of being profane, contentious, selfish, or sensual, behold him patient, humble, kind, and peaceable. The hope of helping in such a work should urge us to spread the gospel of salvation. And do thou help us, O Spirit of all truth, to have such views of the fulness, freeness, and greatness of the rich mercy in Christ, as may remove from us all narrow views of sovereign grace.
Manikandan Namboothiri's Isaiah Chapter 55 comment about verse 8 on 3/15/2013, 10:32am...
God's ways are very subtle, established and with multipurpose. But man's ways are very limited and there is no guarantee that they can be fruitful. The Divine consciousness is transcendental whereas human consciousness is ever fluctuating.
Cathy's Isaiah Chapter 55 comment on 2/20/2013, 6:16am...
This is so true "God’s word will never return void", for owe to speak his word and apply it to ourselves, we are sending his message out, and he will overcome all trails any of us might be encountering.
Wilberforce's Isaiah Chapter 55 comment about verse 8 on 12/07/2012, 12:18pm...
God ever is great in every thing.
Ann Richards's Isaiah Chapter 55 comment about verse 6 on 11/11/2012, 10:31am...
It is important for us to seek the Lord, and not for God to seek us. He has already done so much for us, already made a way, so why not go to him and take it all. It is free, no charge. So do not wait, take it now.
Ann Richards's Isaiah Chapter 55 comment on 11/11/2012, 10:17am...
There is power in speaking the Word of God. When we speak His word, we activate the Spirit of the Word, and God rises up and takes care of the situation we are faced with, you speak that which is hidden in your heart. THE WORD OF GOD.
Frenz's Isaiah Chapter 55 comment about verse 11 on 11/05/2012, 1:09am...
Praise God! In this chapter, God said, "His Word will never return to Him void." That simply means, It will never return empty handed or in vain. Most of us understand that everything in the Word of God is profitable. However, I draw your attention to the words, "goeth forth". The Word that doesn't return void is the Word that 'goeth forth'. The Word that is profitable is the Word that is 'spoken' out of our mouth. God's Word doesn't help us if it stays on our bookshelves. God's Word doesn't accomplish what God wants it to if we don't speak it. I realize this article may be read by hundreds of preachers; however, I am not referring to preaching in this article. If the only spoken Word in our lives is the Word we preach, then we have miserably failed. Yes, we need to study, read, meditate, share and preach the Word. Yet, I am stating that we need to literally speak the Word out loud. We need to verbalize it over and over again. Not only from our pulpits, but over every situation in our own lives. If we can speak the Word to others, why can't we speak it unto ourselves? This is how our faith grows. This is how we make it through the fire. The Bible states,(Romans 10:17). So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. God commanded Israel; Isaiah 59:21, As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and forever. God's Word should never depart out of our mouth. We should always be ready to speak the Word to others, but also into our own lives. • Jesus spoke the Word and was able to overcome Satan (Matthew 4) • David spoke the Word into his own life on many occasions and was restored. In fact the Bible states, "David often encouraged himself in the Lord." (1 Samuel 30:6) THERE IS A SCRIPTURE FOR EVERY TRIAL YOU GO THROUGH. FIND IT AND SPEAK IT OUT LOUD TO YOURSELF. SPEAK IT TO YOUR FAMILY. SPEAK IT UNTIL YOU BELIEVE IT. WHEN YOU SPEAK GOD'S WORD INTO YOUR OWN LIFE, YOU REMOVE YOURSELF FROM YOUR EARTHLY DIMENSION AND INTO GOD'S ETERNAL DIMENSIONS. YOU SPEAK THOUGHTS THAT ARE MUCH HIGHER THAN YOUR THOUGHTS AND YOU DECLARE WAYS THAT ARE MUCH HIGHER THAN YOUR WAYS. GOD'S SPOKEN WORD WILL NEVER RETURN VOID.
Fearlesslyinda Love Kkim's Isaiah Chapter 55 comment on 9/10/2012, 11:09pm...
ISRAEL HAS BEEN PARDONED BY GOD! JACOB HAS BEEN GIVEN THE LORD'S MERCY! ISRAEL MUST CONTINUALLY SEEK
THE LORD HE IS NOT HIDING, JACOB MUST CALL ON HIM HE IS VERY NEAR! ISRAEL MUST REMEMBER SHE IS SANCTIFIED
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