“Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? (Isaiah 55:1-2)
Ho! I never quite understood why the translators insisted on keeping that phrase… I mean do you know anyone who says “HO?!? Other translations I have read begin with an invitation… Come, or phrase it as a question “Is anyone thirsty?”… now that makes sense! Maybe re-enactors on a Wild West dude ranch say HO!….but… ok sorry, just a minor rant!
We continue our look at the petition “Give us today our daily bread.” The book of faith devotional again stress’ that too much can be made of bread. We gorge ourselves on sweets and junk food both the stuff you put in your mouth and the stuff we continually stuff into our lives. We are a people looking for satisfaction, there is something missing in our lives, often whether we realize or not, we are always seeking to fill that void. I really like Augustine’s quote “God you have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.”
Our whole culture is geared toward filling that God shaped hole in our hearts and lives. Remember that “Snickers” campaign from a couple years back… “Snickers… its what really satisfies!” Well if this is so… why as one old soul put it “do they make a king sized version?”
Jesus is the bread of life, he is the vine that supplies what is needed so that we might have life. Apart from Jesus we can gorge ourselves on the finest things in this world and we will find ourselves only temporarily satiated. The hunger will return, but when we are grafted onto the vine of life, Jesus Christ we find that we a filled with daily bread and more.