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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Isaiah 55

 

 

Verses 1-13

Isaiah 55:1 Hosea , 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.

Isaiah 55:1 — " Hosea , every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters" - Comments- The living waters of salvation and indwelling of the Holy Spirit ( John 7:37-39).

John 7:37-39, "In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)"

Isaiah 55:1 "yea, come, buy wine" - Comments- The baptism of the Holy Spirit ( Acts 2:15-18).

Acts 2:15-18, "For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:"

Isaiah 55:1 — "and milk" - Comments- The milk of Word of God, representing the beginning of the new birth ( Hebrews 5:12-14, 1 Peter 2:2).

Hebrews 5:12-14, "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."

1 Peter 2:2, "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:"

Isaiah 55:1Comments- Notes these insightful words from Frances J. Roberts about the buying milk and honey without price, which he says refers to the Lord calling us into intimate communion with Him:

"When I promised thee green pastures, I had not in mind religious activity. When I said, ‘Come, buy milk and honey without money nor price', I was not challenging thee to fevered service, but to contemplative fellowship and collective communion. Only thus are souls made strong, and hearts made pure, and minds refreshed." 78]

78] Frances J. Roberts, Come Away My Beloved (Ojai, California: King's Farspan, Inc, 1973), 136.

The next verse of this passage in Isaiah refers to labouring for that which satisfies not. Thus, this is a description of the busy, vain activities of the flesh, which are illustrated in the story of Martha and Mary, when Martha was cumbered about with work, while Mary sat at the feet of Jesus ( Luke 10:38-42).

If we reject this divine call because of our guilty sin, we grieve the Lord and cause Him far more pain than He suffered on Calvary. Note these words by Frances J. Roberts:

" Hosea , 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 ( Isaiah 55:1). Lo, My heart is grieved by thine independence. How would Joseph have felt if his father and family had remained at home, starving in the famine, when he had invited them to share the bountiful stores which he had at his disposal and desired to share freely with them? ( Genesis 45) Would he not have grieved far more deeply than over that unjust actions of his brothers who hated him? For to be rebuffed by a loved one causeth pain not to be compared with the cruelties inflicted by an enemy. So thine indifference and unresponsiveness to My call bringeth anguish to My soul, yea, deeper grief than the crimes of the reprobate sinner. For My rod have I laid upon the sinner, but Mine hand have I laid upon thee." 79]

79] Frances J. Roberts, Come Away My Beloved (Ojai, California: King's Farspan, Inc, 1973), 169.

Isaiah 55:2 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.

Isaiah 55:3 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.

Isaiah 55:3Comments- As God made a covenant with Abraham and David, so will He make a covenant with you and me.

Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Isaiah 55:6 — "Seek ye the LORD while he may be found" - Comments- F. F. Bruce tells us that the Hebrew verb "he may be found" is in the Niphal construction, which carries first the tolerative sense, then the reflexive and reciprocal senses, and finally the passive sense. In this case the tolerative sense is used, resulting in a translation, "Seek ye the Lord while He lets Himself be found." 80] However, almost all translations render this verb in the passive sense, as is used here in the KJV.

80] F. F. Bruce, The Books and the Parchments (Old Tappan, New Jersey: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1963), 44.

Isaiah 55:7 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.

Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9Scripture Reference- See:

Romans 11:33-35, "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?"

Isaiah 55:10 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:

Isaiah 55:10 — "as the rain cometh down" - Comments- On Sunday, June 11, 2000, Lighthouse Television Uganda was installing a new 15-foot satellite dish in order to pick up the new TBN signal. As I sat in church, the Lord quickened this verse to me. We would be receiving the signal within a day or two. My body was tired, but my spirit was then renewed with a fresh word from God. The Lord quickened this passage to me, "as the rain cometh down...so shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth." Rain comes down from the lowest heaven. The satellite signal comes down from a higher heaven, even as the word of the Lord comes from the highest heaven.

Who could have prophesied 2700 years ago that the word of God would descend upon this earth as rain comes down. But God can see the beginning from the end ( Isaiah 55:8, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways). God saw this day and this hour and prophesied of the TBN satellite signal coming down like rain upon Uganda. Within a few days, Lighthouse Television will be receiving and broadcasting the Word of God as it comes down from heaven like rain.

In addition, God"s Word promises here in Isaiah that it would prosper and accomplish His will. Verse one of this chapter says, "Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters." Many nations are thirsty for the Gospel in these last days. The waters, like rain, represent the word of God, who gives us the living water of life in Christ Jesus ( John 7:37-39). From verse one of this chapter, water refers to the wells of salvation, wine represents the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and milk represents the milk of the word of God, as a believer grows in the knowledge of the Lord.

John 7:37-39, "In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)"

Thus, verse five says, "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."

This nation has produced some bad leaders, thorns an briars to its people ( Isaiah 55:13, "Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree). But God promises that Uganda will bring forth the cypress and the myrtle tree. Thorn and briars are signs of the curse. The cypress and myrtle tree are signs of the blessings of God.

Song of Solomon , though it has been a busy week at Lighthouse Television, I am encouraged to know that as God"s Word rains down from heaven and waters the nation of Uganda, it will accomplish God"s plan and purpose for this nation.

Isaiah 55:11 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.

Isaiah 55:11 — "it shall not return unto me void" - Comments- Jack Emerson, as a young preacher, asked the Lord why it seemed that his preaching appeared to produce no results in many people"s lives. Jack said that the Word of God promises that it will never return void. The Lord spoke to him and said that the Word of God never returns void. It will bring blessings into the lives of those who receive it and it brings curses into the lives of those who reject it. Either way, the Word does not return void. 81]

81] Jack Emerson, "Sermon," Alethia Fellowship Church, Panama City, Florida, 1883-88.

Isaiah 55:11 — "but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it" - Comments- The Word of God accomplishes two basic purposes. It blesses those who receive it and curses those who reject it.

Isaiah 55:12 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.

Isaiah 55:13 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.

Isaiah 55:10-13Comments- We are to always be willing to spread God's Word and to help others, trusting that somehow, someway, God will return upon us His blessings. Whether we cast our bread upon calm waters or turbulent floodwaters, we must trust that God's Word will not return void ( Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 and Isaiah 55:10-11).

Ecclesiastes 11:1-2, "Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth."

Somehow, by God's marvelous design, we will receive God's blessings and go forth rejoicing ( Isaiah 55:12-13). We are not called to understand all of God's ways, but we are called to follow Him, by looking to Him each day as our provider.

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Isaiah 55:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/isaiah-55.html. 2013.

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