In this article, we present one of the chapters of the Old Testament that contains the prophecies attributed to the prophet Isaiah, along with a brief explanation and reflection. We really hope you enjoy this beautiful text and that it can be useful to you as inspiration for help to those around you who are in difficulty, as well as being aware that as a good Christian you have to be tempted perpetrated by the devil, and we must only spend on what is essential and useful to us.
We leave you with the text and its corresponding explanation and meaning:
Isaiah chapter 55 complete message
Free mercy for all
55 To all who thirst: Come to the waters; and those who have no money, come, buy and eat. Come, buy without money and without price, wine and milk.
2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen to me attentively, and eat of the good, and your soul will delight itself with fatness.
3 Incline your ear, and come unto me; hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, the sure mercies of David.
4 Behold, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and a teacher to the nations.
5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou hast not known, and nations that have not known thee shall run unto thee, for the LORD thy God’s sake, and for the Holy One of Israel’s sake, who hath honored thee.
6 Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return to the LORD, who will have mercy on him, and to our God, who will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For as the rain and snow come down from heaven, and return not thither, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, and give seed to him that soweth, and bread to him that eateth,
11 So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
12 For with joy shall ye go forth, and with peace shall ye return: the mountains and the hills shall lift up a song before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the brier shall grow up cypress, and instead of the nettle shall grow up myrtle; and it shall be unto the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
Explanation and meaning of Isaiah 55
With this verse, the prophet Isaiah invites the most needy (thirsty), those who are not able to afford the most basic resources. Aware that if one wants to gain eternal life or earn God’s blessings one must work hard and do good deeds, Isaiah invites these people to eat and drink without price. This being a great act of kindness.
We should not spend money, effort and life on things that will not bring any benefit to our soul. The devil will try to divert us by offering us temporal pleasures that will not satisfy our soul like the eternal mercies of Jesus Christ.
Isaiah presents us with the condition for enjoying the blessings of eternal life: Hearing and coming to Him. This is all you need to do, there is nothing else to do but accept his invitation and thus enjoy his many mercies.
Final reflection: Isaiah 55
As a final reflection to this beautiful chapter, one could end by saying that everything is paid for in the gospel, that what you really need is to hear and accept its message, going into its presence and enjoying the salvation that only Jesus Christ offers us.
We must help those in need, for that is how good Christians act, as well as act in an austere way without falling into passing temptations. Too often we find ourselves in situations both on a personal level and in society where the cruelty and injustice of life are present. It is our duty to always support people who are having a hard time, because as Christians we must reach out and look for solutions so that good triumphs over evil.
We hope that goodness and peace will always be with you and that we will meet you here enjoying our next articles!