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The Invitation Is Inclusive     Isa. 55:1-13     May 03, 2009


       I am not personally in the reform school of theology, but I do believe strongly in the sovereignty of God.

Salvation belongs to the Lord. It is created, commissioned under the Lord’s authority and His compassion, and

He commands all of it’s facets. All of mankind is drawn to His plan of salvation for The Invitation Is Inclusive.


1.   An Inclusive Invitation Of The Lord’s . . Creation. 55:1-3 

       A.   Created With The Right . . Plea. 55:1a

“1 "Come, everyone who is thirsty, . . .”


      B.   Created With The Right . . Price. 55:1b

“. . . come to the waters; and you without money, come, buy, and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost!


      C.   Created With The Right . . Prescription. 55:2

             2 Why do you spend money on what is not food, and your wages on what does not satisfy? Listen

              carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and you will enjoy the choicest of foods.


      D.   Created With The Right . . Promise. 55:3

              3 Pay attention and come to Me; listen, so that you will live. I will make an everlasting covenant with

              you, the promises assured to David.

       Of course the creation of this inclusive invitation generates the right, plea, price, prescription, and promise.

As the New Testament states, “He does all things well.” The plea asks everyone who thirsts to come, the price He arranges is without money or cost. He pays the price through His grace and mercy! The Lord’s prescription guarantees His food, unlike the world’s, will satisfy and He grants the promise of an everlasting covenant. What a bargain, and yet some refuse still thinking they can make their own way. What a shame for all they will make is weeping and wailing.


2.   An Inclusive Invitation Of The Lord’s . . Commanding. 55:4-5

       A.   The Lord’s Commanding With His . . Commander. 55:4

            4 Since I have made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples,


      B.   The Lord’s Commanding With His . . Commendations. 55:5

5 so you will summon a nation you do not know, and nations who do not know you will run to you. For the LORD your God, even the Holy One of Israel, has glorified you."

       Who commands this entire plan? The only one powerful enough; The Holy One of Israel! He chose the commander through a covenant with King David that his throne, dynasty, and kingdom would continue forever. Of course that will be fulfilled in the return of our resurrected Lord and His reign on this earth. The Lord will allow His people to be glorified by other nations through the reign of Christ. Our privileges and joys in responding to His invitation never ceases.


3.   An Inclusive Invitation Of The Lord’s . . Compassion. 55:6-11

       A.   The Lord’s Compassion With His Statement About Our . . Seeking. 55:6

6 Seek the LORD while He may be found; call to Him while He is near.


       B.   The Lord’s Compassion With His Statement About Our . . Sinfulness. 55:7

7 Let the wicked one abandon his way, and the sinful one his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, so He may have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will freely forgive.


       C.   The Lord’s Compassion With His Statement About His . . Superiority. 55:8-11

8 "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways."This is the LORD's declaration.9 "For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.10 For just as rain and snow fall from heaven, and do not return there without saturating the earth, and making it germinate and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat,11 so My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please, and will prosper in what I send it to do."

       Do you ever ask why does the Lord allow us to respond to His invitation? Why allow us to seek Him?

We are sinful and He possesses infinite superiority. It comes down to His grace and compassion. In four of the Psalms it alludes to the fact God is, “. . . gracious, and full of compassion,. . .”. In His compassion we are encouraged to seek Him while in nearness He may be found. Because of our sinful nature we must never take the Lord’s invitations for granted. We will be most blessed in the nearness to the Lord’s presence. In verses

8-11 Isaiah tells of how the Lord expresses His exceptional qualities. Obviously we do not understand some of the tragic events happening in this world but because we know of God’s power, wisdom and presence we can trust Him to work it out and reveal His plan in eternity if not on this earth.


4.   An Inclusive Invitation With The Lord’s . . Celebrations. 55:12-13

       A.   The Lord’s Celebrations+ Through The . . Environmental Praise. 55:12

12 You will indeed go out with joy and be peacefully guided; the mountains and the hills will break into singing before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.


       B.   The Lord’s Celebrations Through The . . Everlasting Praise. 55:13

13 Instead of the thornbush, a cypress will come up, and instead of the brier, a myrtle will come up; it will make a name for the LORD as an everlasting sign that will not be destroyed. HCSB

       I am going to enjoy seeing every expression of environmental praise. What a joy to hear mountains sing and trees clap. If the mountains can sing maybe the rest of us in our efforts will sound good. What a sight to see trees clapping and beautiful bushes making an everlasting name for the Lord. You are invited because The Invitation Is Inclusive. Amen? Amen!


55:1-2 Eternal life cannot be bought, only received as a gift. People pay for religion that is not bread (cannot satisfy) when they could have eternal life as a gift.

55:3 The reference is to the great covenant God made with David (see note on 2 Sam 7:12-16) in which He guaranteed that David's throne, dynasty, and kingdom would continue forever. Christ's resurrection confirms Him as the eternal Dravidic king (Ac 13:34), though He will not take possession of that kingdom until He returns to this present earth. Another view sees this as a reference to the new covenant made with the house of Israel and the house of Judah (Jer 31:31; 32:40).

55:4 Refers to Messiah.

55:5 Refers to Israel, which will attract nations to the Lord.

55:8 God's love stems from a plan infinitely superior to anything man could have devised.

55:10-13 The certainty of God's Word will bring His promises to fruition, especially the invitation to salvation (vv. 6-7) and the millennial blessings (vv. 12-13), which describe the joy and fertility of that age.


(from Ryrie Study Bible: Expanded Edition © 1986, 1995 by the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago.)

Dake Study Bible

Isaiah 55:1; Isaiah 55:2; Isaiah 55:3; Isaiah 55:4; Isaiah 55:5; Isaiah 55:6; Isaiah 55:7; Isaiah 55:9; Isaiah 55:10; Isaiah 55:11; Isaiah 55:12

Verse 1

a [Ho, every one that thirsteth ... he that hath no money] Two classes invited by God:

1.    Everyone that is thirsty.

2.    He that has no money.

b [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] Four "come's" to the thirsty and poor:

1.    Come to the waters (Isa 54:1).

2.    Come, buy, and eat.

3.    Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

4.    Come unto Me (Isa 54:3).

c [waters ... wine and milk]

Eight Things Offered by God (Isaiah 55:1)

1.    Waters (Isa 54:1):

(1)  Of salvation (Isa 12:3)

(2)  Of everlasting life (Jn 4:14; Rv 7:16; 21:6; 22:1; Jer 2:13; 17:13)

(3)  Purification by the Word (Eph 5:26)

(4)  Of satisfaction (Isa 32:2; 44:3)

(5)  Of growth, fruitfulness, and success (Ps 1:3; Jer 17:5-8)

(6)  Peace (Ps 23:2)

(7)  Of spiritual power (Jn 7:37-39)

2.    Wine (Isa 55:1). Figurative of the blood of Jesus Christ by which we have forgiveness of sins (Mt 26:26-29; 1 Co 10:16-21; 11:25-27)

3.    Milk (Isa 55:10). Figurative of the simplicity of truth (1 Co 3:2; Heb 5:12-13; 1 Pe 2:2)

4.    Bread (Isa 55:2):

(1)  Of life (Jn 6:35-58)

(2)  Of sincerity and truth (1 Co 5:8)

(3)  Of healing (Mt 15:26)

(4)  Of the broken body of Christ by which we receive healing (Mt 26:26-29; 1 Co 10:16-21; 11:23-30; 1 Pe 2:24 with Isa 53:4-5)

5.    Things that satisfy (Isa 55:2):

(1)  With the fatness of God's house (Ps 36:8)

(2)  Drinking of the river of God's pleasure (Ps 36:8)

(3)  God's supply (Ps 37:19)

(4)  God's goodness (Ps 65:4; Jer 31:14)

(5)  Good things (Ps 103:5)

(6)  Long life (Ps 91:16)

(7)  Bread (Ps 132:15)

(8)  Being in His likeness (Ps 17:15)

6.    Good things (Isa 55:2):

(1)  They shall not lack any good thing (Ps 34:9-10)

(2)  No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly (Ps 84:11)

(3)  Satisfies your mouth with good things (Ps 103:5)

(4)  Good things to them that ask Him (Mt 7:7-11)

(5)  Good things to come (Heb 9:11)

(6)  Shadow of good things to come (Heb 10:1)

7.    Fatness (Isa 55:2):

(1)  Your dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth (Ge 27:39)

(2)  Your table shall be full of fatness (Job 36:16).

(3)  Satisfied with the fatness of Your house (Ps 36:8)

(4)  Your paths drop fatness (Ps 65:11).

(5)  Let your soul delight itself in fatness (Isa 55:2).

(6)  Partake of the root and fatness of the olive tree (Ro 11:17).

8.    Spiritual life (Isa 55:3):

(1)  Show me paths of life (Ps 16:11).

(2)  With You is the fountain of life (Ps 36:9).

(3)  With long life will I satisfy him (Ps 91:16).

(4)  Redeems your life from destruction (Ps 103:4).

(5)  Life forevermore (Ps 133:3)

(6)  They shall be life to your soul (Pr 3:1-23; 4:20-27).

The waters, wine, milk, bread, and other benefits here must be understood as pertaining to spiritual things instead of natural and material, for they are the only things that can be bought without money. Futhermore, the invitation is from God who is not in the business of selling material things; but He does have the blessings pictured figuratively by these terms. The cry of the first verse is a common one in the East where water, wine, and milk are sold.


Verse 2

a [Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not?] Questions 152-153. Next, Isa 57:4.

b [that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not]

What Satisfies Man (Isaiah 55:2)

Men are constantly spending money and selling their lives for things that aren't necessary or beneficial in daily life — things that don't satisfy. The immortal mind of man can only be satisfied with the immortal God — not with wealth, pleasure, greatness, and honor. No man, having lusted for these things, has ever been satisfied after receiving them to the full. They have proved to be vanity and vexation of spirit, pacifying for the moment, then leaving the heart with an aching void and a consciousness that man was made for higher and nobler things. Accepting the Spirit's invitation through the prophet will satisfy fully. See Eight Things Offered by God .

c [hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness]

Ten Commands in Isa 55 (Isa 55:2)

1.    Hearken diligently to Me (Isa 55:2).

2.    Eat that which is good.

3.    Let your soul delight in fatness.

4.    Incline your ear, come to Me (Isa 55:3).

5.    Hear, and your soul shall live.

6.    Seek the Lord while He may be found (Isa 55:6).

7.    Call upon Him while He is near.

8.    Let the wicked forsake his way (Isa 55:7).

9.    Let the unrighteous forsake his thoughts.

10.  Let him return to the Lord.


Verse 3

a [Incline your ear, and come unto me ...] The 68 th prophecy in Isaiah (Isa 55:3-5, unfulfilled). Next, Isa 55:10.

The 68 th Prophecy in Isaiah

b [your soul shall live] One who refused to accept the invitation of Isa 55:1 and obey the ten commands of Isa 55:2-7 (note c, Isa 55:2) will lose his soul and die — not live eternally.

c [I will make an everlasting covenant with you] God has repeatedly spoken to the Jews about making an everlasting covenant with them (Isa 42:6; 49:8; Jer 31:31). This could not be the Mosaic covenant or any of the others already made with them; so it must refer to the new covenant to be made when the Messiah would come (Isa 42:6; 49:8; Mt 26:28; Heb 8:6).

d [sure mercies of David]

Sure Mercies of David (Isa 55:3)

The sure mercies of David (Isa 55:3; 2 Ch 6:42) refer to the gracious promises and lovingkindnesses assured David in the Davidic covenant (2 Sa 7), and confirmed by an oath of God to him (Ps 89:3-4,27,37; 132:11-18). This was partly fulfilled in the resurrection of Christ (Ac 13:34).

e [David] The name David here refers to Israel's famous king, not the Messiah. When he is resurrected many scriptures will be literally fulfilled concerning David, in the same sense that the twelve apostles will be resurrected and given twelve thrones under the Messiah (Jer 30:9; Eze 34:23-24; 37:24-25; Hos 3:5).


Verse 4

a [witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people]

Four Things Messiah Will Be to Israel (Isaiah 55:4)

Israel (Isa 55:4)

1.    Covenant maker (Isa 55:3; 42:6; 49:8; Mt 26:28; Heb 8:6)

2.    Witness (Isa 55:4; Jn 5:31-37; 8:18; Rv 1:5)

3.    Leader (Isa 55:4). The Hebrew:


(OT:5057) means commander; one who occupies the front; a civil, military, and religious leader; captain; chief; governor; noble; prince; chief ruler

4.    Commander (Isa 55:4). The Hebrew:


 (OT:6680) means to constitute; enjoin; appoint; bid; give charge; command; set in order; send a messenger. Here it refers to the Messiah being the chief governor, the King of kings and Lord of lords, and having complete oversight and responsibility over all things on earth and over all His people.


Verse 5

a [thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD]

Messiah's Call (Isa 55:5)

Thou — You (the Messiah) will call a nation that You did not know as You knew Israel; and nations will run to You because of Your God and Your glorification. This refers to the calling and salvation of the Gentiles (Isa 55:5; Mt 21:33-45; Jn 10:16). Some versions read: King and Lawgiver of the nations; Chief and Lawgiver; Ruler and Leader of the nations; etc.

b [thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel]

God of the Messiah (Isa 55:5)

Note here that Jehovah is mentioned as the God of the Messiah, so they could not be the same person, even though the Messiah is also called Jehovah in other places (Ge 19:24; Ps 110:1,5). Jesus called Jehovah My God (Jn 20:17). Thus repeatedly two and three distinct persons are referred to as God.


c [he hath glorified thee] He (Jehovah, one person) has glorified Thee (Messiah, another person).


Verse 6

a [Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near]

A Modern Fallacy (Isaiah 55:6)

One of the modern fallacies is that men are not required to seek the Lord; that they are not required to repent, pray, call upon God, confess, or do anything else besides believe in order to be saved from sin. The truth is that all these terms are used many times in Scripture to tell people what they must do to find God, as in the following:

1.    Seek (Isa 55:6; Dt 4:29; 1 Ch 16:11; 28:9; 2 Ch 7:14; 15:2; Am 5:6; Mt 6:33; Ac 15:17; 17:27; Heb 11:6).

2.    Repent (Mt 3:2; 4:17; Mk 1:15; 6:12; Lk 13:1-5; Ac 2:38; 3:19; 17:30; 26:20; 2 Co 7:8; Rv 2:5,16).

3.    Call upon God (Isa 55:6; Joel 2:32; Zep 3:9; Ac 2:21; Ro 10:9-14).

4.    Confess (Pr 28:13; Mt 3:6; Mk 1:5; Ro 10:9-10; 1 Jn 1:9).

5.    Pray (2 Ch 7:14; Lk 18:10-14; Ac 8:22 (see point 3, above).

6.    Humble self (2 Ch 7:14; Mt 18:3-4; 23:12; Lk 14:14; Jas 4:10).

7.    Hear (Mt 10:14; 11:15; 13:13-15; Jn 12:47; Ro 10:9-14).

8.    Obey (Ro 2:4-8; Gal 3:1; 5:7; 2 Th 1:8; Heb 5:9; 1 Pe 4:17).

When one truly believes it means that he does these and all the other things required by the gospel (Ro 10:9-10).

b [while he may be found]

When God Cannot Be Found (Isa 55:6)

This suggests a time when men cannot find God. The Bible mentions six of these times:

1.    When they turn their hearts away from Him and will not hear (Dt 30:17-18; 1 Sa 28:6; 1 Ch 10:13-14; Ps 95:7-11; Jer 11:10-12; Mt 13:13-15).

2.    When they mock God and scorn at His dealings until calamity comes (Pr 1:23-31).

3.    When they become too proud and stubborn to humble themselves before Him (Nu 16).

4.    When they neglect to settle all matters with Him until judgment falls (Ac 5:1-11).

5.    When they die in sin (Heb 9:27).

6.    When they blaspheme the Holy Spirit (


Verse 7

a [Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD]

Three Commands to the Wicked (Isa 55:7)

1.    He must forsake his wicked ways (Isa 55:7).

2.    He must forsake his unrighteous thoughts.

3.    He must return to the Lord.

These things constitute genuine repentance, the kind that needs not to be repented of (2 Co 7:9-10). As long as one continues in his wicked ways and unrighteous thoughts, he is still in rebellion and sin and is not returning to God with the whole heart. He still commits sins that have the death penalty and therefore continually incurs such penalty of the broken law, living under the death sentence (Mk 6:19-21; Ro 1:18-32; 1 Co 6:9-11; Gal 5:19-21).

b [return unto the LORD]

Returning to the Lord (Isa 55:7)

Returning to the Lord implies that all men are backsliders and were one time in harmony with the Lord. When? When the whole race was in grace before Adam fell. Adam and Eve were the whole race and when they sinned it backslid; now it must return to God (as individuals) to be saved. The Hebrew word for "return" is


 (OT:7725), to turn back with the idea to return to the starting point. It is often translated "again," which further confirms the fact of doing something a second time and not the first. Its first use shows that man came from the dust and will return to dust — in death (Ge 3:19). So here, man came from God and should return to Him in repentance to be reconciled to Him again. Note the use of the word in reference to returning or coming again to a former state (Ge 16:9; 31:3,13; Dt 30:2-3,8).

c [he will have mercy upon him and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon] Two promises to the penitent:

1.    God will have mercy upon him.

2.    He will abundantly pardon.

d [abundantly] Hebrew:


 (OT:7235), increase; be in abundance; excel; be full of; heap; multiply; have plenty (Isa 55:7; 2 Sa 12:30; 2 Ch 31:5). The idea here is that God will pardon every kind of transgression, without exception (cp. Mt 12:31).


Verse 9

a [as the heavens are higher than the earth] Two comparisons:

1.    Heavens higher than earth, so God's ways above our ways and His thoughts above our thoughts

2.    As rain and snow water the earth, making it fruitful, so God's Word will accomplish its purpose (Isa 55:10-11)

b [so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts]

God's Ways and Thoughts (Isa 55:9)

This idea of God's ways and thoughts being higher than man's is connected with the idea of pardon from God (Isa 55:6-9).

Six Aspects — His Ways and Thoughts Higher:

1.    In pardon. People never would have planned pardon for enemies, as God did. Human beings seek revenge on all such and harbor malice and hatred, whereas God planned redemption and untold glories for His enemies (Jn 3:16; Ro 5:8).

2.    In number of offenses. Under favorable and special circumstances people forgive a few times, but they are prone not to forgive after repeated offenses. God forgives freely many times and as completely and lovingly the last time as the first (Mt 12:31; 18:21-22; 1 Jn 1:9).

3.    In number of offenders. People may pardon one person or a few who injure them, but the greater the number the less they are inclined to forgive. God forgives all, regardless of the number of offenders (Jn 3:16; 1 Ti 2:4; 2 Pe 3:9; Rv 22:17).

4.    In kinds of offenses. People usually limit themselves as to what kind of offenses they will forgive, but God has no qualifications on this point, except the offense of rejecting the only means of help He can offer (Mt 12:31-32).

5.    In degree of offenses. Men will forgive if an offense is small enough not to be of any great injury to them; but God will forgive the greatest and most aggravated offense against Him (Isa 53, notes; Jn 3:16).

6.    In mode of pardon. Men may be willing to forgive if it does not cost them much, and they can see that such is to their advantage; but God gave the most precious gift of heaven that He might have a basis of forgiveness for His enemies. God redeems on the basis of personal suffering and having substituted Himself to be punished instead of His enemies. He forgives by the very One whom men sought to destroy, the One made to endure the most horrible sufferings ever laid upon a human being. He blesses by faith in the blood atonement and the death of an innocent Person. Man would have punished the guilty and satisfied justice; but God punished the innocent to justify the guilty. In fact the whole program of reconciling enemies to God is on such a high level that men never could have planned it.


Verse 10

a [For as the rain cometh down ...] The 69 th prophecy in Isaiah (Isa 55:10-13, unfulfilled). Next, Isa 56:1.

The 69 th Prophecy in Isaiah

b [returneth not thither, but watereth the earth] That is, the rain and snow do not return in this form; in other forms the moisture returns and then falls again as rain and snow (Ps 135:7; Jer 10:13; 51:16).


Verse 11

a [So 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]

The Word of God (Isa 55:11)

The Word of God, like rain and snow that water the earth and cause it to produce fruit, will be sown in the hearts of men and produce fruit in the moral world (Isa 55:11; Dt 32:2). As the rain and snow fall on various kinds of ground, so does the Word of God (Mt 13:3-8,20-23). Like rain and snow, it will accomplish its best good in the eternal reign of the Messiah, when the knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth (Isa 11:9). Thus, the final fulfillment of this scripture will be in the future; there is only a partial fulfillment at present in the preaching of the gospel.

Thirty Examples of Higher Ways:

1.    Living and acting on faith regarding what is not seen, even what seems impossible to be true, while man lives by what he sees and understands is possible (Heb 10:38-39).

2.    God plans for eternity; man plans only for time.

3.    God deals in the spiritual; man deals in the material.

4.    God consecrates Himself to the highest good of all; man is dedicated only to self-gratification.

5.    God works in miraculous and mysterious ways; man works only in ordinary ways.

6.    God's ways are supernatural; man's are only natural.

7.    God's ways are unlimited; man's ways are limited.

8.    God exalts through humility; man exalts through self-exaltation.

9.    God's way up is down; man's is to climb up without going down (humbling self) first.

10.  God controls by love; man controls by force.

11.  God gives justice without reward; man gives it for reward and personal gain.

12.  God wins respect by goodness; man wins "respect" by wealth and power.

13.  God redeems by death; man redeems by money.

14.  God's program is carried on without outward show; man's agenda by show and splendor.

15.  God's way is to take no thought for the morrow; man's way is made up of constant worry, planning, and fretting.

16.  God's way is to give alms, pray, and fast in secret — not to be seen of men; man's way is by public demonstration.

17.  God's way is to bring peace on earth by man's personal surrender; man's way is by force of arms and conquest.

18.  God's healing is through the Savior's sufferings and death; man's healing is by remedies.

19.  God's way of social life is to make feasts for the poor, lame, maimed, and outcast (Lk 14:12-15); man's way is to make them for friends who are well-provided for — the rich, and influential.

20.  God's way is to put away grudges and all bitterness (Heb 12:15); man's way is to hold them and seek revenge.

21.  God's way is not to take a matter between brethren to law (1 Co 6); man's way is to do this.

22.  God's way is to lend, expecting nothing in return (Mt 5:42; Lk 6:30-38); man's way is not to lend without security and gain.

23.  God's way is to judge not (Mt 7:1-5; Lk 6:37); man's way is to judge.

24.  God's way is to do unto others as one would wish to be done unto (Mt 7:12); man's way is to take advantage of others regardless of the outcome.

25.  God's way is to rejoice and glory in persecution and trouble (Mt 5:10-12; Ro 5:1-5); man's way is to fight back, resent, and take revenge.

26.  God's way is to be kind to enemies, and feed them (Mt 5:44-46; Ro 12:20); man's way is to show hatred and repay them for their wrongdoing.

27.  God's way is to be friendly with the lowest and all other classes (Mt 9:10-13); man's way is to show partiality, preferring those who can return them personal again.

28.  God's way is to forgive 490 times (Mt 18:21); man's way is to forgive a few times, and only when necessary.

29.  God's way is not to boast or seek His own things (1 Co 13); man's way is to brag and seek things for self.

30.  God's way is to labor and give to others (Eph 4:28); man's way to labor for self only, and ignore others. God's ways, thoughts, purposes, and acts are, generally speaking, different from those of man. His plan of creation and redemption are different from what man's would have been, as well as His way of government. Truly, just as the heavens are infinitely higher than the earth, so God's ways and thoughts are above man's (cp. Ps 57:10; 89:2; 103:11).


Verse 12

a [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] Go out (or forth) from the lands of your wanderings, referring again to the final and complete regathering of Israel from all nations (Isa 11:10-12, notes). In their regathering at the second coming of Christ, the mountains, hills, and trees of Palestine are to rejoice at their return. In that day the curse will be removed from plants and trees, and the state of all things will be as before the fall of Adam (Isa 55:13; 35; cp. Ps 98:8).


(from Dake Annotated Reference Bible © 2007 by Dake Publishing. All rights reserved in U.S.A. and Other Countries.)

LIFE Application BIBLE

55:1-6 Food costs money, lasts only a short time, and meets only physical needs. But God offers us free nourishment that feeds our soul. How do we get it? We are to come (55:1), listen (55:2), seek, and call on God (55:6). God's salvation is freely offered, 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.

55:3 God's covenant with David promised a permanent homeland for the Israelites, no threat from pagan nations, and no wars (2 Sa 7:10,11). But Israel did not fulfill its 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 Isaiah tells us to call on the Lord while he is near. God is not planning to move away from us, but we often move far from him or erect barriers of sin between us. Don't wait until you have drifted far away from God to seek him. Turning to him may be far more difficult later in life. Or God may come to judge the earth before you decide to turn to him. Seek God now, while you can, before it is too late.

55:8, 9 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.

(from Life Application Study Bible Copyright © 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.)