Dave Burnette's Commentary

Isaiah Chapter 55

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Isaiah
Date Penned: (700-681 BC)
Overview: To Tell of God's Salvation through the Messiah (c 1-66)
Theme: Words of Comfort (c 40-66)
Message: Blessings for Those Who Seek Him (v 1-13)

Isaiah 55 Commentary 

(55:1-6) Nourishment - Food costs money, lasts only a short time, and meets only physical needs. But God offers us free nourishment that feeds our souls. How do we get it? We come to him (55:1), listen to him (55:2), seek him, and call on him (55:6). God offers salvation freely, but to nourish our souls we must eagerly receive it. We will starve spiritually without this food as surely as we will starve physically without our daily bread. 

(55:1) The Coming of the Lord - The theme of coming to the Lord if you are thirsty runs throughout the Bible. The Lord gave water to the Israelites when they were walking through the desert to Mount Sinai (Exodus 17:1-6). The same offer is part of Jesus' discussion with the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:13-14). Jesus repeats the offer to the crowds in Jerusalem (John 7:37= 38). Later, John records it at the final stage of his revelation (Revelation 22:17). God wants us to come to him so his Spirit can satisfy us. 

(55:3) God's Covenant - God's covenant with David promised a permanent homeland for the Israelites, no threat from pagan nations, and no wars (2 Samuel 7:10-11). But the Israelites did not fulfill their part of the covenant to obey God and stay away from idols. Even so, God was ready to renew his covenant again. He is a forgiving God! 

(55:6) Call On the Lord - Isaiah tells us to call on the Lord while he is near. God will never move away from us, but we often move far from him or erect barriers of sin between ourselves and him. Don't wait until you have drifted far away from God to seek him. Later in life, turning to him may be far more difficult. Or God may come to judge the earth before you decide to turn to him. Accept God's generous forgiveness now, while you can, before it is too late. 

(55:8-9) Knowing God - The people of Israel were foolish to act as if they knew what God was thinking and planning. His knowledge and wisdom are far greater than any human's. We are foolish to try to fit God into our mold--to make his plans and purposes conform to ours. Instead, we must strive to fit into his plans. 

(55:11) A Living Word - Isaiah affirms that God's prophecies will be fulfilled and that his word will always be fruitful. We can count on that promise every time we read Scripture, truly desiring to be in God's presence and to listen to him. If you are just starting to read the Bible, (1) set aside at least 15 minutes alone in a quiet place each day; (2) pray for God to help you understand what you read; and (3) ask God to make his Word come alive for you.

Dave 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, which says we are to seek the Lord while He may be found and to call on Him while He is near. In making an application, we see that in the day of Grace in 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 extended a time for us to 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. How about you? Have you sought the Lord? Let us learn from our text today and the reminder of Isaiah that we are to seek the Lord while He may be found and to call on Him while He is near.


Isaiah 55

Isaiah 55

 1Ho, 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.

 2Wherefore 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.

 4Behold, 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 LORD.

 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.