Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Indian Head, MD
Catch the Wave
July 19, 2020

Catch the Wave

July 19, 2020

Isaiah 55:10-13 New International Version (NIV)

10 As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12 You will go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
    will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
    will clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
    and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
    for an everlasting sign,
    that will endure forever.”

Background

A Call to Covenant Renewal (55:1–13). Using the imagery of an invitation to a banquet, the Lord exhorted His people to receive the blessings He offered. The Lord desired to make an eternal covenant with the nation, which would parallel His covenant with David. Like David, Israel would be living testimony of God’s greatness and would rule over nations. If the nation actively sought the Lord and turned from their wicked ways, He would compassionately forgive their sins. They could depend on this merciful response, for God’s word of promise, unlike sinful human plans, is always realized. Just as rain does not reverse its course, but falls to the ground and makes the farmer’s crops fruitful, so God does not take back His word of promise but rather brings it to fulfillment. The Lord would shower repentant Israel with abundant blessings, which would be an eternal sign of their renewed relationship.[1]

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  1. David S. Dockery, ed., Holman Bible Handbook (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 1992), 405.

 

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