IBS – Isaiah 55:10-11

Isa 55:10-11 ESV “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

Now the Lord, through Isaiah, gives an example of what it looks like for His ways to be higher than our ways, like the heavens are higher than the Earth: Namely, that what He says, His Word, never returns void.

This can easily turn into a discussion about God’s sovereignty, and how everything He says must come to pass.  This is true, but it also begs the question, “Is the Almighty One’s sovereignty limited to our concept of what sovereignty is?”  We do know that He is the one who makes it rain.  He is the one who commands the snow to fall, each snowflake being unique to all the others.  He calls forth the plants from the ground, and they sprout and provide us with seeds and bread.  There is no question that He is the One Who Commands Nature.

What’s interesting, however, is to see what He might mean by “My word that goes out from my mouth.”  The first, an most obvious answer is that Isaiah is proclaiming the Word that became flesh.  That is, Jesus.  Jesus proceeded from the Father’s throne, came to Earth, and succeeded in His mission: to die for the sins of the world.  He alone justifies and propitiates.  He has given us the seed that is the Word of God that we are to sow to people all over the Earth.  His body is the bread of life of which we partake and are brought into communion with Him.  The verse is speaking of Jesus.

It also speaks of the general word of God – the Holy Scriptures.  According to Paul, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

And so we are brought to the conclusion that the Seed which came from the woman and crushed the head of the serpent is also the One who gives us the seed to plant.  When we spread it, it does not return empty.  If we preach the word, people will be taught, reproved, corrected, and trained in righteousness.  He will not allow the Word to be wasted.

For me, it is a reminder to always stay true to the scriptures in what I say and what I do.  Today, I will choose my words carefully so that I will accurately display the Living Word to others.

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