While reading Isaiah this morning, I enjoyed seeing a very clearly Gospel passage. I love seeing how the Gospel is spoken of by God throughout the Old Testament and all of Scripture, and being reminded that every passage points to Jesus Christ.
Many are aware of Isaiah 55:8-11 about the sufficiency and power of God’s Words:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
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 55:8-11
Personally, I’ve overlooked the preceeding verses, verses 6-7, a number of times.
We see God speaking through Isaiah, and exhorting us to seek the Lord and to “call upon him” (“Everyone who calls upon the Lord will be saved” Acts 2:21 & Romans 10:13). We are urged to forsake wickedness and unrighteous thoughts, and to return to the Lord. As we repent, we’re told that God will have compassion on us, and that our God is who “abundantly pardons”. This side of the Cross, we know that it is through Christ’s death and resurrection that God has abundantly provided for us that He may abundantly pardon us, and He has compassion on us and brings us to Himself.
“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts;let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:6-7