Thursday, May 9, 2013

So shall my word – Isaiah 55:10-11

Not now  — I'm ready to bloom
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
                                                                                                       – Isaiah 55:10-11

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These verses are very refreshing.  We all know of the importance of rain and snow to life on earth. Without water all life would cease to exist.  There would be no seeds to sprout and no bread to eat. Without the power of the Word there would be no spiritual life available. Death would be victorious. The Word of God provides all of our spiritual needs. God provides for us both physically and spiritually.  God is the Creator, Sustainer and Giver of all life.

The Hebrew word used for here heaven is מַיִם samaiym.  It is a word frequently used in Scripture, more that 400 times. There are many uses for this word, but most often they fall into two categories: the sky, atmosphere, or space; and the dwelling place of God.  In this verse it could easily fit both circumstances.  The rain and snow fall from the sky.  They are the gift of God for physical nourishment.  The rain and snow is likened to His word, which comes from heaven.

Just as moisture from the sky accomplishes its purpose of meeting our physical needs, the word of God will provide life in sinners.  The word of God in these verses of Isaiah refer to His divine promises. We also know that the word of God has much more application.  The word of God is powerful.  His word alone created the world and the entire cosmos.  God said and there was. In the prologue to the Gospel of John, Jesus is called the Word of God.  John 1:1-3   The word of God also refers to His law and the gospel.  It refers to the entire inspired word of God that is found in the Bible.  The word of God is His plan of redemption for fallen mankind.  Snow and rain will accomplish their purpose of nourishing the earth.  The word of God will accomplish the plan of our sovereign God.

God's word will provide spiritual growth to man. The invitation of God will not return empty. By His grace, those whom He call to himself will be saved.  The word of the Lord will restore and redeem all of His children.
Trying to destroy or defend the Word of God is like having two men push with toothpicks on opposite sides of the Rock of Gibraltar. While one is trying to push it over with his toothpick, the other is trying to hold it up with his. The rock is going to stay firm regardless of what either man does!
The word of God contains the very real power to accomplish His will.  God's word will never fail to accomplish His purpose. God is sovereign. God remains faithful to His word.  God's word, like an arrow shot from a bow, cannot be called back. The arrow will always be on the proper course to reach the bullseye at the preplanned time.

Have you responded to the Word of God?  Has the rain and snow from the heavens caused the Word of God to sprout and grow within you?  Have you personally responded to God’s gift of life, through faith in Jesus Christ?  Don't die of thirst, come and drink.

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He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.  2 Corinthians 9:10

Other related verses you may want to read:  Psalm 147:15-20   Isaiah 40:6-8   Psalm 47:15-20

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In the midst of the enlightenment, when deism was spreading rapidly, Voltaire proclaimed that within twenty-five years the Bible would be forgotten and Christianity would be a thing of the past. Forty years after his death in 1778, the Bible and other Christian literature were being printed in what had once been Voltaire’s very own home!




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