Tuesday, March 6, 2007

The Old Testament Lesson

The Gospel Lesson is a hard saying of Jesus.
This Isaiah passage is just blessing after blessing. I'd say that this has about 7 sermons in it. Seven juicy "ducks" - as the Lutheran pastor calls them. Enjoy!

Isaiah 55

Ho! everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;
And you who have no money, com, 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?
Hearken diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in fatness. (!)

Incline your ear, and come to me;
Hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.

Behold, I made him a witness to the people,
a leader and commander for the peoples.

Behold, you shall call nations that you know not,
and nations that know you not shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God,
and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.

Seek the Lord while he may be found,
call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake their ways,
and the unrighteous their thoughts;

Let us return to the Lord, the he may have mercy on us.
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, says 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.

That's just great stuff!

1 comment:

Kansan said...

Yes, that one is much more upbeat and missing the "guilt trips" of the other one! I especialy like that part about delighting in fatness! Clever.