Reading Isiah’s Mind Chapter 55 verses 1 – 7

1. Listen…all ye that thirst…come to the “Living-waters”. And…. those for whom there is no money  (resources; riches; wealth)...come quench (put a complete end to) your thirst (lack of the “living-water” needed to sustain life) and enjoy yourselves. Come and quench (satisfy; satiate) your thirst (feeling of needing or wanting to drink) on wine (the spirit of God) and on milk (fat; the choicest things) without […]
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Come and quench (satisfy; bring to an end; satiate) your thirst (feeling of needing or wanting to drink) with wine (the spirit of God) and with milk (fat; the choicest things) without spending any money, in fact it is available at no cost (effort, loss, or sacrifice) whatsoever to you.

1. Listen…all ye that thirst…come to the “Living-waters”. And…. those for whom there is no money  (resources; riches; wealth)...come quench (put a complete end to) your thirst (lack of the “living-water” needed to sustain life) and enjoy yourselves. Come and quench (satisfy; satiate) your thirst (feeling of needing or wanting to drink) on wine (the spirit of God) and on milk (fat; the choicest things) without spending any money, in fact with no cost (effort, loss, or sacrifice) whatsoever to you.

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2. Why should you pay (cough-up; sacrifice; hand-over; donate) money for what is clearly (obviously; undoubtedly) not bread (“manna from heaven”; miraculous-substance supplied as food to the Israelites in the wilderness; spiritual-nourishment) or contribute  (make a gift of) your labor (service) to an organization that doesn’t satisfy your spiritual needs?  Listen (lend-an-ear-to; hearken-to; pay-attention-to; concentrate-on) my “Good-Tidings” (Breaking News!). Eat (consume; devour)good” (that which fulfills the purpose of its creation) and the souls of all of you will be delighted (gladdened; thrilled; pleased-greatly) with richness (overflowing-fullness).

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3. Prick-up thine ears (listen-up; listen-closely; pay-strict-attention…all of you).  Come unto Me (Jehovah) . Receive (hearken-to; give-audience-to; listen-to; give attention-to; hear) this announcement (report; tiding; “criminal-indictment”; breaking news),  so that your souls may live (prosper; thrive; be happy) and indeed (as a matter of fact) , I will “Cut-an-everlasting-Covenant”* (enter into a everlasting-covenant; enter into a everlasting-treaty; enter into an everlasting-agreement; enter into an everlasting-pact) with you (Israel’s people) , led (motivated; guided) by My (Jehovah’s) eager and ardent desire for David **(“Love”). 

 

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Anciently, “Cutting-a-Covenant” between God and man was a “bloody” (blood-soaked; gory)  business. Today….it still is… but all the pouring and smearing and spilling of blood everywhere should be seen (viewed; thought-of; understood; pondered; considered) in a spiritual context, since,  according to the Hebrews, the blood of an unblemished (righteous; pure and holy) sacrificial-victim holds (possesses; carries) the very  “life”…”personal-power”….. and “genetic-inclination-toward-love” sufficient to cover (expiate; make amends for; offset; make reparation for; atone-for) the sins of others (his “Next-of-Kin”; his nearest-relatives). This is the fundamental meaning (explanation; interpretation)  behind (backing; motivating; concerning) the ritual of “Blood-Atonement”. The blood of the innocent has the power to atone (cover; make amends; make reparation) for the sins of those who cannot (are not willing to) atone (make amends or reparation) for their own sins, by means of repentance.   
*”Cut a Covenant”–  An agreement between two contracting parties, originally sealed with blood; a bond, or a law; a permanent religious dispensation. The old, primitive way of concluding a covenant  “to cut a covenant”) was for the covenanters to cut into each other’s arm and suck the blood, the mixing of the blood rendering them “brothers of the covenant”   A rite expressive of the same idea is (see Jer. 34:18; compare Gen. 15) the cutting of a sacrificial animal into two parts, between which the contracting parties pass, showing thereby that they are bound to each other; the eating together of the meat, which usually follows, reiterating the same idea. Originally the covenant was a bond of life-fellowship, where the mingling of the blood was deemed essential. In the course of time aversion to imbibing human blood eliminated the sucking of the blood, and the eating and drinking together became in itself the means of covenanting, while the act was solemnized by the invocation of the Deity in an oath.  The basic idea of a blood covenant is this:  two parties get together and make an agreement, stating very clearing the stipulations and expectations of the covenant.  Then they take an animal (representing the covenant-makers) and split the animal in half, laying the pieces out on the ground.  The covenant makers (which could be a representative of each party) would then walk through the middle of the pieces, signifying a new walk together. So let’s walk through a covenant together.  Let’s say we have two tribes before us.  Tribe A is a small but clever band of people.  They’ve learned to mine copper and make tools from it.  But Tribe A has a problem.  They get persecution from the surrounding tribes.  Their cattle are stolen, their houses are burned, their children are mistreated, etc.  Now over a couple of hills lives Tribe B.  This is a larger warrior-like people.  Nobody messes with Tribe B!  So Tribe A approaches Tribe B and says, “Hey, we can make tools from a substance we mine out of the ground.  We’ll make tools for you, if you’ll protect us from our enemies.”  Tribe B considers the deal and agrees.
The two tribes pick a day to meet and everybody shows up.  The chiefs of each tribe then stand before one another.  Tribe A chief begins, “This 5th day of the 3rd moon in the 24th year since the great shaking [some earthquake or other memorable event], Tribe A agrees to make such-and-such amounts of tools each year for Tribe B.  In return, Tribe B will protect us from our enemies.”  Details may then be given, such as how often Tribe B will patrol the land.  Tribe B may even send a troop to live among Tribe A.  But after all the stipulations are spoken, which in many cultures would be written down on clay tablets or chiseled in stone, then the sacrificial animal is brought forth.  The animal would then be slain, cut in half (often times quartered) and then the pieces laid out on the ground.  The two chiefs, representing their tribes, would then walk through the middle of the pieces.  This is saying basically, if I ever break this agreement, cut me in half just like this animal.  Yes, it’s that serious!  A blood covenant is no light matter.  The presence of blood signifies a life and death agreement.  So after the walk is made, the two tribes would then sit down together for a meal and a celebration!

 

David was courageous and strong in battle, trusting in God for protection. He remained loyal to King Saul, despite Saul’s crazed pursuit. Throughout his entire life, David loved God deeply and passionately.
** David– a young man who will capture not only the heart of the nation of Israel, but also the heart of God. The Old Testament Prophet Samuel (c. 1200–1050 BCE) is sent to Jesse of Bethlehem (a common farmer and shepherd) to anoint one of his sons as the new king – while Israel’s first king, Saul (c. 1080–1010 BCE), is still living but failing in his duties to follow Samuel’s instructions and rebelling against the authority/commandments of God. After Jesse parades nearly all his sons by Samuel, each one rejected as king, he finally brings his youngest – David, who “was glowing with health and had a new appearance and handsome features” (1 Samuel 16:12).Although David does not look like a king should look, he has the heart of a lion – a courageous spirit – and even more, a deep, unending love for God.

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triumph
A generation of leaders among Israel’s people  to bear-witness (testify) and cause Israel’s people to exist (prevail; triumph; succeed) because of their appointment by Jehovah.

4.  Behold (especially remarkable and impressive Israelite people)……a generation of leaders among Israel’s people  to bear-witness (testify) and cause Israel’s people to exist (prevail; triumph; succeed) by appointing (determining; delegating-to; charging; establishing; commissioning)  them.

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hasten
Gentiles (non-Israelites throughout the world) who have no knowledge (awareness) of you,  will nevertheless (still; all the same) hasten (travel hurriedly) unto you and unto the Holy-Ones (Saints; angels) of Israel’s people, because of the Lord, your God. This will happen because Jehovah has endowed (provided; blessed; gifted) you (Israel’s people) with splendor (a magnificent and splendid appearance; grandeur).

5. Surely (“surely” emphasizes Isaiah’s firm belief that what he is saying is true and he is surprised that there is any doubt of this) Gentiles (non-Israelites throughout the world) are not aware that you (Israel’s people) have been summoned by Jehovah ,  but Gentiles (non-Israelites throughout the world) who have no knowledge (awareness) of you,  will nevertheless (still; all the same) hasten (travel hurriedly) unto you and unto the Holy-Ones (Saints; angels) of Israel’s people, because of the Lord, your God. This will happen because Jehovah has endowed (provided; blessed; gifted) you (Israel’s people) with splendor (a magnificent and splendid appearance; grandeur). 

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call
Call upon Him (Jehovah) while he is near (close; within-reach; accessible; welcoming; friendly; receptive; approachable; agreeable).

6. Seek (search-for; go-to) Him (Jehovah) while He can be easily found (obtained; attained; reached). Call upon him while He (Jehovah, the God of Israel) is near (close; within-reach; accessible; welcoming; friendly; approachable; agreeable).

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pardon
Many will be transformed (thoroughly changed in form, appearance, and character) when forgiven (pardoned) of their sins.   

7. Let the wicked individual forsake his ways (natural proclivities that, over time, have been transformed into permanent and unbreakable habits) and let the evil-men repent of their thoughts and let them turn to Jehovah, the God of this generation of Israel’s people , so He (Jehovah) will have mercy upon them. Indeed, many will be transformed (thoroughly changed in form, appearance, and character) when forgiven (pardoned) of their sins.

 

 

          

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