by the Rev. Andrew Kuyvenhoven
Isaiah's God is the Holy One of Israel. In God's presence we have to be morally clean. God has chosen his Servant, who will rule in righteousness in a kingdom of peace.
"Come, all who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk" (lsa. 55:1).
Nothing in the Old Testament comes closer to the New Testament gospel than this part of Isaiah. In chapter 53 the faithful servant obtains our salvation by giving his life as an offering for our sins. And in today's passage God opens wide the doors and invites the world to the joy of his salvation.
Four times he says, "Come!" All who will ever participate in the salvation of God must obey this call. "Come!"
God uses seven more commands in this short passage: "Buy! Eat! Listen! Listen! Give ear! Come! Hear!"
All these commands indicate essentially the same thing. And everyone in this world is personally responsible to react accordingly and obey the gracious call of the gospel. You and I must come and eat. We must hear and obey and be persuaded and go—all through the same door, all to God. The door is Jesus. And God's gift of salvation is presented under the symbols of water, which stands for the basic need of humanity; milk, which is more special; and wine, which makes it a feast.
God calls us to the banquet of salvation. He urges us to come, telling us not to foolishly try to buy with money what can be had only by grace.
No money can ever buy life. But they who believe the gospel will have life eternally.
Andrew Kuyvenhoven's Daylight, a modern devotional classic, was originally published in 1994. This edition is copyright by Faith Alive Christian Resources, from whom may be ordered Daylight, the predecessor of Twilight.
A man of many accomplishments, Andrew Kuyvenhoven is probably best known for his contributions to Today (formerly The Family Altar), a widely-used monthly devotional booklet associated with the Back to God Hour. Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations for this edition of Twilight are from the New International Version