Friday, September 12, 2014

Bible Study Notes in Isaiah- Chapter 55

Isaiah 55


-God offers His free gift of mercy for those who would partake and digest His living water and bread (John 4:10-14; 7:38-39; 6:35-48). His blessings are abundant and eternal. They give life and are completely faithful, even as to His servant David. Even a nation that is not known and does not yet know will be called and run to the promises of the LORD God, the Holy One of Israel who has gloried His chosen people (Isaiah 55:1-5). Therefore, the LORD beckons to “seek the LORD while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the LORD, and He will have compassion on him.” God abundantly pardons and will remember these sins no more based on repentant turning (Psalm 103:12, Isaiah 55:6-7, Jeremiah 31:34). *Application* God’s compassion is His enduring trait. Thank God for His ultimate lovingkindness freely bestowed to His redeemed people.

-God’s thoughts are higher than mere man’s thoughts, and His ways are superior by far. As the rain and snow descend to the earth to water and pour out blessing in physical growth and abundance, so too does God’s Word. It accomplishes everything that He wants it to accomplish. His Word never returns empty (Isaiah 55:8-11). This can be interpreted to mean that when we read, observe the life of Christ Jesus (who was the Word made flesh), or bear His image as the Holy Spirit fills and indwells us, we are involved in a powerful manifestation of the Word of God that will not return empty and fulfill Divine purposes. Our testimony, the Bible, and the life and person of Jesus Christ calls people to make a choice one way or the other. The Word of God is either a sweet smelling aroma leading to eternal or a stench of death resulting in perishing (1 Corinthians 2:14-17). It accomplishes exactly what God desires in revealing the inner heart of people’s decisions. *Application* Is the Word of God a refreshing-sweet aroma to you leading to life? Or, have you been calloused and hard-hearted to the message of salvation? Choose you this day whom you will serve. God is life and life more abundant and joyful.

-Because of a great Redeemer, the people have opportunity to go out with joy and be led forth in the peace of God. The mountains, hills, and trees of the field will even become alive with the shouts of this rejoicing and celebration. Instead of the cursed things, vibrancy will spring up, and it will be a memorial and everlasting sign to the LORD, which will never be cut off. God is making all things new in this eschaton (Isaiah 55:12-13, Revelation 21:5). *Application* What a day of rejoicing it will be when we reign with Jesus eternally!


Verses to Memorize: Isaiah 55:6, 8-11

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