About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman
Read Isaiah 55:10 and
"As the rain and
the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering
the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the
sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it."
God, through Isaiah,
said that His word that He speaks will not return to Him empty-handed
(NIV) or void (KJV). It will
accomplish its intended purpose.
I think we often
misunderstand, and thus, misapply this passage by thinking that the
printed Biblical text, in any form, has an inherent magical-like quality.
We speak or write Bible verses thinking they alone will produce
their intended result. We've
put them on the walls of parliament, congress, court rooms, and
billboards. We've left tracts
in public bathrooms and given them to waitresses with a tip.
Is this what Isaiah 55:10 and 11 is all about?
The text states that
rain falls from the sky, enabling crops to grow.
Similarly, words spoken directly from God's mouth enable His plans
associated with His word to be realized.
If, in fact, there is any New Testament significance to this, we find an
example in Acts 2:36.
"Therefore let all
Inspired by God's
Spirit, Peter spoke God's word to his audience, but, it was God who spoke
to the hearts of the people. The
intended purpose of God's word was, thus, accomplished.
The word did not return to God as empty words, as Acts 2:37 says.
"When the people
heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other
apostles, 'Brothers, what shall we do?'"
God's message spoken by
Peter, but delivered to human hearts by God, cut into the consciences of
those hearing the message. Peter
spoke to human ears. God spoke
to human hearts, something Peter could never do.
We see a Biblical principle at work here.
Read Mark 16:20.
"Then the disciples
went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and
confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it."
Simply put, we do the
manual stuff while God does the spiritual stuff.
We speak to ears. God
speaks to hearts. If He doesn't speak, our words are empty. This
requires a collaborative relationship between us and Jesus whereby we and
Jesus speak with a unified voice that enables God's word to not be empty
All of the above being said, our
study of Isaiah 55:10 and 11 must include contextually based hermeneutics.
This means we determine the main point to Isaiah 55, which is, the
restoration of Israel. The specific word, then,
spoken by God that will not return to Him empty-handed or void is His
promise spoken to Abraham to make Israel
the greatest nation ever.