Matthew Henry's Commentary
n invitation to receive freely the blessings of the Saviour. (1-5) Gracious offers of pardon and peace. (6-13)
Verses 1-5: All are welcome to the blessings of salvation, to whom those blessings are welcome.
In Christ there is enough for all, and enough for each. Those satisfied with the world, that see no need of Christ, do not
thirst. They are in no uneasiness about their souls: but where God gives grace, he gives a thirst after it; and where he has
given a thirst after it, he will give it. Come to Christ, for he is the Fountain opened, he is the Rock smitten. Come to holy
ordinances, to the streams that make glad the city of our God. Come to the healing waters, come to the living waters, (Re 22:17). Our Saviour referred to this, (Joh 7:37). Come, and buy; make it your own by application
of the grace of the gospel to yourselves. Come, and eat; make it still more your own, and enjoy it. The world comes short
of our expectations; we promise ourselves, at least, water in it, and we are disappointed; but Christ outdoes our expectations.
We come to him, and we find wine and milk. The gifts offered to us are such as no price can be set upon. The things offered
are already paid for; for Christ purchased them at the full price of his own blood, (1Pe 1:19).
Our wants are beyond number, and we have nothing to supply them; if Christ and heaven are ours, we see ourselves for ever
indebted to free grace. Hearken diligently; let the proud heart stoop; not only come, but accept God's offers. All the wealth
and pleasure in the world, will not yield solid comfort and content to the soul. They do not satisfy even the appetites of
the body; for all is vanity and vexation. Let the disappointments we meet with in the world, help to drive us to Christ, and
to seek for satisfaction in him only. Then, and not before, we shall find rest for our souls. Hear, and your soul shall live.
On what easy terms is happiness offered us! By the sure mercies of David, we are to understand the Messiah. All his mercies
are covenant mercies; they are purchased by him, they are promised in him, and out of his hand they are dispensed to us. We
know not how to find the way to the waters, but Christ is given to be a Leader, a Commander, to show us what to do, and enable
us to do it. Our business is to obey him, and follow him. And there is no coming to the Father but by him. He is the Holy
One of Israel, true to his promises; and he has promised to glorify Christ, by giving him the heathen for his inheritance.
Verses 6-13: Here is a gracious offer of pardon, and peace, and of all
happiness. It shall not be in vain to seek God, now his word is calling to us, and his Spirit is striving with us. But there
is a day coming when he will not be found. There may come such a time in this life; it is certain that at death and judgment
the door will be shut. There must be not only a change of the way, but a change of the mind. We must alter our judgments about
persons and things. It is not enough to break off from evil practices, we must strive against evil thoughts. To repent is
to return to our Lord, against whom we have rebelled. If we do so, God will multiply to pardon, as we have multiplied to offend.
But let none trifle with this plenteous mercy, or use it as an occasion to sin. Men's thoughts concerning sin, Christ, and
holiness, concerning this world and the other, vastly differ from God's; but in nothing more than in the matter of pardon.
We forgive, and cannot forget; but when God forgives sin, he remembers it no more. The power of his word in the kingdoms of
providence and grace, is as certain as in that of nature. Sacred truth produces a spiritual change in the mind of men, which
neither rain nor snow can make on the earth. It shall not return to the Lord without producing important effects. If we take
a special view of the church, we shall find what great things God has done, and will do for it. The Jews shall come to their
own land; this shall represent the blessings promised. Gospel grace will make a great change in men. Delivered from the wrath
to come, the converted sinner finds peace in his conscience; and love constrains him to devote himself to the service of his
Redeemer. Instead of being profane, contentious, selfish, or sensual, behold him patient, humble, kind, and peaceable. The
hope of helping in such a work should urge us to spread the gospel of salvation. And do thou help us, O Spirit of all truth,
to have such views of the fulness, freeness, and greatness of the rich mercy in Christ, as may remove from us all narrow views
of sovereign grace.
David Burnette's Life Application
Seek the Lord
Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making
an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue
in the Book of Isaiah with Chapter 55. In our text today we see the Blessings for those who seek Him. I love
verse 6 that says we are to seek the Lord while He may be found and to call on Him while He is near. In making application
we see that in the day of Grace of which we live we are to seek the Lord for there is a day when God will shut the door. Just
in the days of Noah before the flood God has extended us a time where we can repent and be saved. We can seek the Lord for
guidance in our lives and he will listen and respond to our situations according to His Will for our lives. How about you?
Have you sought the Lord? Let us learn from our text today and the reminder of Isaiah the we are to seek the Lord while
He may be found and to call on Him while He is near.
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.
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.
3Incline 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.
I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
5Behold, 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.
6Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7Let 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.
8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the
9For as the heavens are higher than
the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10For 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:
11So 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.
12For 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.
13Instead 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.