Summary of passage: Come, all who are thirsty. You will need no money just come, buy, and eat! There is no cost. Why waste money and labor on what does not satisfy? Listen and eat of what is good and your soul will delight in the richest of fares. Listen and come so your soul may live. God will make an everlasting covenant with you just like He did with David who was a witness, leader, and commander of peoples. God has endowed you with splendor so surely nations will come and hasten to you just like for King David.
Seek the Lord and call on Him while you can (before it’s too late). Turn from your wicked ways towards the Lord who will have mercy on you and will forgive you. God’s thoughts and ways are not our thoughts and ways. His are as far away as the heavens are from the Earth.
God’s word will accomplish what He desires and achieve His purposes as surely as the rain and snow water the earth and make it flourish. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace as the mountains sing before you–all because you listened to His word. An everlasting sign for God’s renown will be the flourishing of the pine tree instead of the thornbush and the myrtle instead of the briers (His restoration of the earth and ultimately us).
6a) Personal Question. My answer: Through faith, God will fill up every hole inside of you. You will never thirst nor hunger again. Living waters will flow through you and your soul will live if you will but come, listen, eat, and be satisfied. You will find rest in God’s everlasting covenant with you.
b) God promises He will keep giving gifts of leaders and commanders to the people like David was. Nations will flock to David/Israel/leaders because the Lord has endowed you (David/Israel/leaders) with splendor.
7a) Seek the Lord while He may be found (now. When our hearts yearn for Him) and call on Him while He is near (ask to receive Jesus and God into your hearts to receive His blessings now-death could be tomorrow). Repent, turn to the Lord, and receive His forgiveness.
b) God’s thoughts and ways are higher over our thoughts as ways as the heavens is from the Earth. God does not think nor act like us. He is pure. We simply aren’t. This should keep us humble and challenge us to be as Christ-like as possible. To seek Him.
c) Isaiah 53:5 Jesus’s punishment has brought us peace and His wounds have healed us. Isaiah 49:6 Be a light for Israel and the Gentiles and bring salvation to all nations on earth. Isaiah 42:1-4 He will bring justice to the nations and everyone will hope in Him.
d) Personal Question. My answer: I now have the utmost confidence Jesus is the only way to God, Heaven and eternal life. Otherwise, the alternative is Hell. I knew this before but it wasn’t firmly in my heart. Jesus was but the conviction of Hell wasn’t. So now I am more determined to spread the Good News before it’s too late to those around me or whom I come in contact with.
Conclusions: Another great passage. Packed full of nuggets we all need to remember. So uplifting and demonstrative of God’s love. When people say God is judgmental or exclusive or what have you, this is the passage to point them to. God is for everyone if you will but drink. Does it get any more simpler?
My favorite verse is verse 2: “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?” I apply this literally in my life. It reminds me of what is important. We all have limited resources and I’d rather spend mine on God’s work and what He wants me to spend money on and not on things that ultimately does not satisfy–things void of any worth.
I also like Verse 8: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts neither are your ways my ways.” I always try to remember this when bad things occur in my life.
I wish BSF would have done a question on Verses 10-13 which are so beautiful and shows the power of God’s word. God’s words are never empty and He achieves His set purposes even though we don’t know what that is. “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace” and the mountains and hills will sing before you when you turn to God, His word, and His purpose for your life.
A recurring theme this year for me is the importance of God’s word.
The everlasting sign, His renown will be through His restoration (here of the pine tree and myrtle) but I see this as our restoration as well through Jesus.