(13 verses, 2:32 to read)
What I am about to READ
As the end of Chapter 52 and all of 53 was a meditation on the suffering and death of Christ, and as much as the promises of Chapter 54 are comfort for Israel, then, and today, the Church, so this reading is packed full of promises to those who hear and meditate on the Lord’s Word.
MARK & LEARN
- 1 – This emphasizes the free, no cost, and gracious invitation of the Lord. Did I mention it’s free?
- 2-5: Sinful flesh looks for satisfaction and fulfillment in the things that can’t satisfy or fulfill. What can? The Words of Jesus. “Listen,” “Incline your ear,” “hear, that your soul may live.” This promise is for all nations. Jesus is the faithful witness, commander, and leader of all peoples.
- 6-9: This invitation is only for those who have lived wonderful lives and have very little sin and doubt clinging to their hearts and minds, right? No, this invitation is for the unrighteous and wicked. Return again and again for compassion and pardon. The Lord knows our thoughts and He continually calls us back to consider His thoughts. His is a mind that declares righteous for the sake of the bitter sufferings of the Christ. The Lord’s gracious thoughts are beyond our comprehension.
- 10-11: We receive this declaration through God’s Word. Through His Word He declares us righteous, changes our hearts, thoughts, minds, brings us to Himself, works in us a desire to listen to Him, and satisfies us. His Word is a working, living, and efficacious Word.
- 12-13: Israel who was captive will be led forth. This is a anti-type of paradise restored
- Incline your ear, and come to me;
hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David (3).
- Pray: Lord Jesus, I so often look for love from people and things are that are not sure and certain and that don’t last. Turn my heart to You and Your Word that I may be satisfied and my soul and body fed. Grant me rest, not in my labor, but in the labor accomplished for me on Your cross and the work of Your Word that continues now and forever. Amen.
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC