No Holding Back: The Invitation - Come One, Come All
The power of a promise is in its source, its timing and its substance.
God is the source of the promise.
Middle is the timing of the promise.
Restoration Through Jesus is the substance of the promise.
The Invitation vv. 1-2
“Hey there! All who are thirsty, come to the water! Are you penniless? Come anyway—buy and eat! Come, buy your drinks, buy wine and milk. Buy without money everything’s free! Why do you spend your money on junk food, your hard-earned cash on cotton candy? Listen to me, listen well: Eat only the best, fill yourself with only the finest.
Water = refreshing
Milk = sustenance
Wine = celebration
Why did some not want to drink?
21st Century Parallel
I know my life is missing something significant but I’ve got too much invested in this direction to try a new way now.
I don’t have any experience with Christianity. Is the change worth it?
Actually, my life isn’t all that bad. I just have to get through this rough spot.
The Covenant vv. 3-5
Pay attention, come close now, listen carefully to my life-giving, life-nourishing words. I’m making a lasting covenant commitment with you, the same that I made with David: sure, solid, enduring love. I set him up as a witness to the nations, made him a prince and leader of the nations, And now I’m doing it to you: You’ll summon nations you’ve never heard of, and nations who’ve never heard of you will come running to you Because of me, your God, because The Holy of Israel has honored you.”
Hesed = Loyal Love
Agape = Limitless & Self-sourced
Clarification of Thought vv. 6-11
Seek God while he’s here to be found, pray to him while he’s close at hand.
Let the wicked abandon their way of life and the evil their way of thinking. Let them come back to God, who is merciful, come back to our God, who is lavish with forgiveness. “I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” God’s Decree. “For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think. Just as rain and snow descend from the skies and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth, Doing their work of making things grow and blossom, producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry, So will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They’ll do the work I sent them to do, they’ll complete the assignment I gave them. (redemption)
The Great Exchange vv. 12-13
“So you’ll go out in joy, you’ll be led into a whole and complete life. The mountains and hills will lead the parade, bursting with song. All the trees of the forest will join the procession, exuberant with applause. No more thistles, but giant sequoias, no more thorn bushes, but stately pines— Monuments to me, to God, living and lasting evidence of God.”