Monday 22nd February 2021
Verse for the week: Isaiah 55:1
Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters
And all you who have no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk, without money and without cost
We have all seen the adverts for charities like WaterAid who go into poverty striken villages, put in some plumbing and bring clean, sustainable, drinking water to the people. No longer are the women and children forced to walk miles to collect water, no longer do they have to drink water that has been used for cleaning and probably has human and animal excrement soiling it. The delight in their eyes as they now have clean, healthy water at source, right outside their homes, is obvious and wonderful
Apparently we can live for about 40 days without food, however we can only survive a maximum of 3 days without water!
Isaiah, the prophet, was speaking to the people of Israel during their captivity in Babylon. By this time many of the people had forgotten what true worship of the One True God was like. The Babylonians worshipped at least 7 gods, as well as other major & minor deities, demi-gods, heroes, monsters and spirits! In the middle of all this multiplex worship, the people of Israel had spiritually lost their way
So God invited them to come - ALL who were thirsty (spiritually), ALL who desired knowledge, wisdom, understanding, ALL who are thirsty were invited to come to the waters, buy and eat, even if they had no money - the offer of life was for ALL!
But God wassn't simply offering water - a basic commodity - He was also offering milk for nourishment, bread for sustenance and wine for enjoyment and pleasure. Life, says God in this invitation, is not just to be lived, not just for existence, but life is to be lived TO THE FULL. God invites the hungry and the thirsty to COME and taste and see that He is good.
And this offer of life, nourishment, goodness and enjoyment, is not just for the rich and the well-to-do, it is for ALL people, even those who have no money. God says 'Come to me and eat and drink until you are full, even if you cannot afford it, you are welcome to come and eat and drink until you are full too!'
And this invitation doesn't end as the people of Israel return to Jerusalem, it continues into the New Testament...AND BEYOND!
Jesus said to the Samaritan woman at the well, "Whoever drinks of the water I give will never thirst again" (John 4:14).
As part of his vision of Heaven and the end of all times, John hears the voice of Jesus say "It is done, I am the Alpha and the Omenga, the beginning and the end, to the thirsty I will give from the spring of life without payment" (Revelation 21:6)
This offer of life-giving water is available to ALL people throughout ALL times. And the One who offered it in Isaiah's day is the same One who offers it to us today.
ALL who are thirsty COME, TASTE and SEE - His free gift of Life is for ALL!!
©Rev Bren Brundritt
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