Isaiah 56 Commentary
Salvation is at hand. The mention of the Sabbath reminds us of the rest that the LORD has always wished for His people. We saw it in the many Sabbaths that we read about in the Torah. We saw it in the LORD’s promise to settle Israel in Canaan and give Jacob rest from his enemies.
Or, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” The Servant, now identified as the LORD Jesus Christ, invites everyone to the special Sabbath – the real Sabbath. Matthew 11 verse 28.
The invitation is for everyone – the nations are included. Even eunuchs strictly forbidden from the special areas of the LORD’s sanctuary are all welcome. Is there any reason to stay away from the party? The Servant would say no. He is gathering men and women to Himself.
But there is a problem. Israel is blind. Probably the first prayer to say is for open eyes. Let the LORD show you things you must see. Don’t die in jail when the door to freedom is wide open!
The mention of eunuchs is important because we are talking about men whose circumstances excluded them from the normal worship of the LORD. No one born disadvantaged needs to complain. The LORD leaves the door wide open. The celebrating party at the LORD’s Table is united by the fear of the LORD in the participants – them that keep His Sabbaths and hold fast to His covenant.
When the LORD Jesus Christ quotes from this passage, He says more than meets the eye. “my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
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