After Isaiah 55, you would be justified to wonder what more needs to be said. Over the past year and a half, we’ve worked through the first two major sections of Isaiah’s prophecy, his message to the city of Jerusalem. The first part, chapters 1–39) showed us the Lord as King of the city, and in it we saw again and again that no one would trust and obey the King, not even God’s people, not even God’s kings, Ahaz and Hezekiah. And that failure to take God at his word meant great trouble for the people of the city: because they persisted in relying on themselves, they would go into captivity at the hands of Babylon.
In the second part of the book, chapters 40–55, Isaiah focused our attention on the Lord as the Servant of the city, and in it we saw that God would not leave his people in captivity, but would redeem his people through the work of the Servant who would trust and obey God, and ultimately suffer and die for the people. And then the invitation: “come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost”! Everything has been prepared, all we need to do is come.
So what more needs to be said? So much more. For the good news of the Servant—the gospel—that invites people to Jesus and gives them new life is still at work in God’s people after conversion while we await the return of the Conqueror. And that transformation is evident in the very first verse.
Title: Hope on the Margins
Text: Isaiah 56.1–8
- shall we go on sinning?
- who then is blessed?