God bless you in the amazing name of Jesus Christ, who spoke to the world the things which he heard from his heavenly Father (John 8:26).
We have been looking into these wonderful verses in Isaiah 55.
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
The figures chosen are rich in analogies. As snow and rain promote growth and are responsible for the enjoyment of what is harvested; so, the soil of the human heart is softened, refreshed, and rendered productive by words out of the mouth of God. For every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God is the bread by which we live (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4).
Does God have a mouth? No, but he speaks. This is the figure of speech condescension. God’s words do not return to him without accomplishing what they were sent to accomplish. Did you notice that it says that His words return to him? I often wonder if that is a figure of an echo. Once He speaks something how is it that His words come back to him? Do they have boomerangs on them?
His words return to Him when we speak them out of our mouths. When we speak God’s Word we are returning His Word to Him and insuring that it does not come back void. When we speak it, it performs what it was sent to do. It takes our involvement in returning it… in speaking it. Like verse 12 says, when God’s Word is spoken the entire creation is blessed and profited.
God’s word accomplishes what God intends it to. After the fall of Lucifer God healed His creation by speaking His Word to it.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was [became] without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
God simply spoke light into being. This is how God began to heal His creation after the adversary made it without form and void. There is power in the spoken word. Through-out chapter one of Genesis, we read time after time, “And God said. . . And God said. . .”.
The new birth is the greatest miracle. When someone confesses that Jesus is Lord and believes God raised him from the dead, he passes from death unto eternal life. The Word that we heard, received, and obeyed (Romans 10:9-10) accomplished it. This is the miracle of all miracles, and it came to pass as the Word was spoken and believed.
There is a wonderful attitude that we have toward the Word. It is the Word of God, and we reverence it. We have respect unto it. In Psalms 119 the psalmist talks about his delight in the Word of God.
Like the Psalmist, we delight in God’s wonderful matchless Word. Nine times in Psalms 119 it records the psalmist’s delight in the Scriptures (Psalms 119:16,24,35,47,70,77,92,143,
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. [See how it progressively builds.] 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health [marpe] to all their flesh.
That is the process of how things get to our hearts. If things got into your heart the first time you heard them, life would be dangerous. It takes repetition and habitual work to get things into our hearts. We decide what goes into our hearts, and when it is God’s Word that goes in, it has such a profound effect. God’s words are life-giving. “Health” is marpe, used 16 times (eight of which are in Proverbs) means “health,” “healing,” and “cure.”