Isaiah 55 Commentary

Isaiah 55 Commentary

The work of the Servant is described in chapter 53. It is celebrated or advertised in chapter 54. Now chapter 55 invites the nations to come and enjoy the work of the Servant.

The invitation is for the thirsty, the hungry, the haves and the have-nots; it is for everyone. The term used is buying but not with money. Probably with your faith – your child-like response to the LORD’s offer of love. Probably you buy with a coupon provided by the Servant since He has paid for you already.

Unlike the food of the world, the LORD’s food on the table is good. It gives life, hence the bread of life. The water gives life, hence the living water.

The mention of David may remind the saint of second Samuel chapter 7. The LORD had promised David an everlasting dynasty. It is a direct reference to dominion as part of the history-long blessing.

The Servant’s work is time-conscious. You don’t want to show up when the shop is closed. Therefore, seek the LORD while He may be found. Call on Him; He is near. God’s planning isn’t exactly like yours. Fit into the plan of the LORD. It cannot be otherwise.

We have been looking at the complete work of the Servant. There is no failing! But now the scripture is talking about the Word of the LORD accomplishing the purposes of the LORD – exactly the role of the Servant. Probably because they are the same – the Word becoming flesh!

It really isn’t complex at all. “Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.”

The saint has forsaken his or her wicked actions. But they have also forsaken their evil thoughts. Salvation is deeper than a couple of good actions or the temporal absence of one or two bad actions. Examine your thoughts. Weigh them on the scale of Heaven. Results are always terrible!

Dare not make it expensive and unreachable. It can be had without money simply because the Servant paid for it – chapter 53.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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