November 20, 2017

Eat What Is Good (TTB12 Week 8)

This week in my reading plan, I got to re-read a favorite chapter that I haven’t read in a long time – Isaiah 55. I love every verse in that chapter, from the reminders of God’s forgiveness and compassion, to the reassurances of His sovereignty and wisdom, to the call for righteous and joy-filled living. It starts off like this:

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!  Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.  Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?

Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live…”

Have you ever realized that God wants us to eat good things? That He wants us to delight in rich food? He doesn’t want us to be miserable and starved; He wants us to be thriving and abundantly living in Him! He wants us to be overflowing with contentment and peace and joy. But it can only happen if we are abiding in Him. If we purposely go to Him, and buy of His food and partake of His living water. We know that this world cannot satisfy our longings. We know that we cannot fulfill our deepest desires through our own means. But yet that’s exactly what we keep trying to do. We spend our time and our efforts on things that don’t satisfy. We use up our God-given resources on things that won’t last, that won’t fulfill our needs. But He offers us more than that!

Read of His promises given in Isaiah 61:3,10. His desire is:

“to grant to those who mourn … a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;

that [we] may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.”

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;

he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”

He wants all of that for you! He wants to exchange your faintness of heart for a garment of praise, your ashes of broken dreams for a beautiful headdress. He wants to make you an oak of righteousness, a pillar of His glory and strength and beauty. He wants to clothe you in His jewels, not the material kind but the spiritual kind, the jewels of humility and grace and integrity and purity and strength.

He wants you to eat what is good and delight yourself in rich food. Are you willing to partake? Do you desire His kind of rich feast? Are you feeding your soul with His good food, with everything that is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy? That is His good food. That is His rich feast for you.

And that’s what I’m meditating on this week, what God reminded me of in my time with Him. So what about you?

Are you still following your plan, making progress toward your goal, whether it’s to read through the whole Bible or just a portion of it this year? It’s been about 8 weeks now, about the time it should be turning into a habit if you’re doing it diligently every day. And if not, why not?

And if you are, what are you learning? What verses stood out to you this week? What have you read that has stuck in your mind, that you’ve been able to chew on and savor?

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Also, for those reading the Blended Plan, here is next week’s schedule:

Sunday: Exodus 7-8, Mark 16
Monday: Exodus 9-11, 1 Thessalonians 1
Tuesday: Exodus 12-13, 1 Thessalonians 2
Wednesday: Exodus 14-15, 1 Thessalonians 3
Thursday: Exodus 16-18, 1 Thessalonians 4
Friday: Exodus 19-20, 1 Thessalonians 5
Saturday: Exodus 21-22, 2 Thessalonians 1

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Comments

  1. Hmm. I’m glad I read your post because I was having a hard time seeing the bright side of Isaiah. 🙂

    I have a couple questions for you, if you have the time:

    1) why do people sometimes “tear their clothes”? I noticed this several times in the readings. Was it some kind of expression?

    2) I’m reading NIV, and sometimes a word is surrounded by brackets that look like this: |_ _|. For example, in Exodus 4:24, where it says |_Moses_|. Well, it sort of looks like that in my Bible, lol.

    Thanks!

  2. Great questions once again! Hope you’re enjoying Exodus a bit more 🙂

    1. In the Old Testament times, people would tear their clothes and cover themselves in ashes as a sign of humility. Perhaps they were experiencing deep repentance and grief before a holy God; perhaps they were in mourning over a death. It was a way to show their inner grief to people around them. In the case of repentance over sin, it showed sincerity. In the case of mourning a death (or something similar) it showed their love for that person. It was partly just an outward expression of their inward emotion, and partly a tradition (consider all the traditions of Judaism even today).

    2. I don’t have an NIV to look at, or a Bible that does something similar, but by looking at other translations my best guess is that the original manuscripts used a vague pronoun (in the case of Exodus 4:24), and NIV translators chose to make it more specific. The markings are probably just a way to show that they changed it from what the original language had, to clarify for the reader who or what it referred to. In some Bibles this would be shown by using italics; other translations add a footnote.

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