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Accept God’s Free Offer      Isa.55:1-13      May 14:2006


Introduction

       A common saying expresses, “no free lunch.” Grace is not lunch but God gives it freely. Why doesn’t every one Accept God’s Free offer? I believe God chose to limit Himself by giving man a choice. All of mankind sins, and Satan uses temptations and sin to blind and bind, and mankind rejects grace.


 

1.       Accept God’s Offer Because It Causes . . Fulfilment. 55:1-5


                        A.   Fulfillment In What Is . . Provided. 55:1-2

              1 “Come, everyone who is thirsty, come to the waters; and you without money,

       come, buy, and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost!

       2 Why do you spend money on what is not food, and your wages on what does not satisfy?

       Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and you will enjoy the choicest of foods.



                        B.   Fulfillment In What Is . . Promised. 55:3-5

                               3 Pay attention and come to Me; listen, so that you will live. I will make an

       everlasting covenant with you, the promises assured to David. 4 Since I have made him a

       witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples, 5 so you will summon a

       nation you do not know, and nations who do not know you will run to you. For the Lord

       your God, even the Holy One of Israel, has glorified you.”


  Accepting God’s offer gives fulfillment through all His promises and provisions. The invitation is given to all who are thirsty. Why do so many people demonstrate their obvious thirst, but then look in all the wrong places for satisfaction? Note; it is not an offer to purchase or work up something as “it is without cost.” This is a clear Old Testament call to salvation by grace, as in verse three we see “come to me.” God offered, and still offers an everlasting covenant for His people, David became the witness of this promise, and we may receive all of the blessing provided.

 


2.       Accept God’s Offer Because It Causes . . Forgiveness. 55:6-7


                        A.   Forgiveness That Is . . Sought. 55:6

                               6 Seek the Lord while He may be found; call to Him while He is near.


                        B.   Forgiveness That Is . . Satisfying. 55:7

              7 Let the wicked one abandon his way, and the sinful one his thoughts; let him return

       to the Lord, so He may have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will freely forgive.


       How do we put together the urging to seek the Lord while He may be found with the scripture that says no one seeks the Lord? (Rom. 3:11) A comment from a study Bible relates; how fortunate that our failure to seek Him did not stop Him from seeking us! All the false religions of the world create their own attempts for spirituality rather than understanding God’s requirements. Check the three commands given for the sinner in verse seven. Have you noticed the number of times someone will say, “I am not a Christian but I am a spiritual person.” If one really understood their interest they would know God is drawing he/she to Himself. The urging remains, “seek the Lord while He may be found.” We are urged to seek God and His forgiveness. The promise states; “He will freely forgive.”


 

3.             Accept God’s Offer Because It Causes . . Freedom. 55:8-11

 

                        A.   Freedom In How We Evaluate Our . . Perceptions.

                               8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.”[This

        is] the Lord’s declaration. 9 “For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher

       than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.


                        B.   Freedom In How We Evaluate What . . Prospers.

                               10 For just as rain and snow fall from heaven, and do not return there without

       saturating the earth, and making it germinate and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food

       to eat, 11 so My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will

       accomplish what I please, and will prosper in what I send it [to do] .”


       When we accept God’s offer we receive freedom. This freedom expresses itself in our perceptions, and an understanding of true prosperity. All of us from time to time need to refresh our minds with verses eight and nine. His ways and thoughts are not the same as ours, and we grow in His freedom as we remember that. How we evaluate eternal prosperity will center in His Word which will not return empty. What a comfort to lift up His Word and know He will accomplish what He desires with it.



4.       Accept God’s Offer Because It Causes . . Festivity. 55:12-13 


                        A.   Festivity Expressed Through The . . Environment. v 12

                               12 You will indeed go out with joy and be peacefully guided; the mountains and the

       hills will break into singing before you, and all the trees of the field will clap [their] hands.


                        B.   Festivity Expressed Throughout . . Eternity. v 13

                   13 Instead of the thornbush, a cypress will come up, and instead of the brier, a myrtle will come up; it will make a name for the Lord as an everlasting sign that will not be destroyed.


       Have you enjoyed the festivities included in the Christian life? The text shares a time where even the environment seems to sing and exalt the Lord. I have been in places where that seemed to be happening. This kind of festivity causes an eternal focus. The world focuses on events that are only temporal. Worldly celebrations relate only to what seems to be joyous here and now, and ultimately they do not produce their promise. Does success come through suffering and submission? Many times we avoid those qualities but they produce victory. Will God cause His Son to suffer for our redemption? Yes! These methods seem unusual and strange when compared to worldly ways. For whom did Christ die? He died for those with a sin problem, and all who submit to Him understand why Christians emphasize the sacrificial death of Christ as a success. Does success come through suffering and submission? Many times we avoid those qualities but they produce victory. Will God cause His Son to suffer for our redemption? Yes! These methods seem unusual and strange when compared to worldly ways. For whom did Christ die? He died for those with a sin problem, and all who submit to Him understand why Christians emphasize the sacrificial death of Christ as a success. Furthermore when we realize all God did for us in Christ it is a privilege to Recognize God=s Ways. Amen? Amen!