The Compassion of the Lord

Isaiah 55:1–13

Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions. Be comfortably alert, still and at peace. Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself. Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.

1.         In our passage we find perhaps the most beautiful description of grace to be found in the Hebrew Bible, and not the only one either. Law and Grace go together perfectly; indeed, our Gospel is a careful blend of the two.

2.         The great evangelical invitation, “Come, everyone who thirsts” begins this magnificent song. What quenches the great spiritual thirst cannot be acquired by any human effort. 3.         In verse two the question is raised “Why” do we work so very hard for that which can never satisfy? This is the story of the human predicament.       All the world’s religions attest to the traffic error, even much of what is found within the diverse Christian community.

4.         The universal invitation is “come to me,” in verse 3. And when we come to Him He makes an “everlasting covenant” with us, and like the covenant made with David (see 2 Samuel 7:4–17), and David was not close to being without sin, the covenant cannot be broken. This is a way of referring to eternal security, that in Christ, we are saved to the uttermost.

5.         And to us the call comes, “seek the Lord,” and “let the wicked forsake his way,” and the result is we are abundantly pardoned.” Salvation is a constant flow of grace.

6.         Yes, this is beyond our understanding, indeed God’s thoughts and ways we cannot fully grasp.

7.         So now we have a joy and a peace deeply placed within us, this life we have which is an Exodus to a new Eden.

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