Daily Bible Reading

July 3, 2024

Isaiah 55:1-13(GNT)

July 3

Introduction

Isaiah 55:1–13: The LORD offers mercy and forgiveness and promises to bring the people out of exile in Babylon. The image of a banquet is used to describe God’s lasting covenant with the people. God’s “word” (verses 10–11) has the power to create and save and carries the promise to bring the people out of exile to a land restored.

Today’s Key Verse: Isaiah 55:6

Turn to the LORD and pray to him, now that he is near.

Reading

55 The Lord says,

“Come, everyone who is thirsty—
    here is water!
Come, you that have no money—
    buy grain and eat!
Come! Buy wine and milk—
    it will cost you nothing!
Why spend money on what does not satisfy?
    Why spend your wages and still be hungry?
Listen to me and do what I say,
    and you will enjoy the best food of all.

“Listen now, my people, and come to me;
    come to me, and you will have life!
I will make a lasting covenant with you
    and give you the blessings I promised to David.
I made him a leader and commander of nations,
    and through him I showed them my power.
Now you will summon foreign nations;
    at one time they did not know you,
    but now they will come running to join you!
I, the Lord your God, the holy God of Israel,
    will make all this happen;
    I will give you honor and glory.”

Turn to the Lord and pray to him,
    now that he is near.
Let the wicked leave their way of life
    and change their way of thinking.
Let them turn to the Lord, our God;
    he is merciful and quick to forgive.
“My thoughts,” says the Lord, “are not like yours,
    and my ways are different from yours.
As high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so high are my ways and thoughts above yours.

10 “My word is like the snow and the rain
    that come down from the sky to water the earth.
They make the crops grow
    and provide seed for planting and food to eat.
11 So also will be the word that I speak—
    it will not fail to do what I plan for it;
    it will do everything I send it to do.

12 “You will leave Babylon with joy;
    you will be led out of the city in peace.
The mountains and hills will burst into singing,
    and the trees will shout for joy.
13 Cypress trees will grow where now there are briers;
    myrtle trees will come up in place of thorns.
This will be a sign that will last forever,
    a reminder of what I, the Lord, have done.”

Reflect

How do you envision the invitation that the LORD offers in today’s reading? What is God’s “word” able to accomplish? Reread verse 8. In what ways are God’s thoughts and ways different from yours?

Pray

Lord God, you nurture and sustain me with your life-giving word. Thank you for your invitation to come to you and receive your blessings of mercy and forgiveness. You are ever near, and your love fills me with joy. Amen.

Tomorrow’s Reading

Isaiah 63:15—64:12: A prayer for mercy and help.

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