Today’s (We 04/04/2018) Faithful Daily Read (FDR) is taken from Isaiah 55 and Revelation 5.
Plainly in both these passages there is an invitation and both invitations are fulfilled for us.
This is not the type of invitation we might see in a nice park for a picnic or an elusive carpark at the shopping centre. In this type of invitation, we must act to a first take up the apparent invitation we see in an inanimate space. That is, we need to stop for a picnic or drive into the car space. To do so requires us to already be prepared with our picnic meal or bbq and with rugs and meat or sandwiches. Even the car space is only of use to us if we are in our car or on our motorcycle.
But these passages express the invitation of the one true almighty and Holy God. Not just to accept the invitation but to receive from God that which we need to fulfil the invitation.
But most importantly the first three verses of Isaiah 55, provide us with both the invitation and 12 things to receive these gifts from God.
John Piper defines the imperatives in this way:
Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters [#1]; and he who has no money, come [#2], buy [#3] and eat [#4]! Come [#5], buy wine and milk [#6] 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? Listen diligently to me [#7], and eat what is good [#8], and delight yourselves in rich food [#9]. Incline your ear [#10], and come to me [#11]; hear [#12], that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.
What is being asked of each of us to engage in God’s invitation?
Revelation 5 provides us with a picture of the being who can open the scroll with the seven seals. Yes, only the slain Lamb of God can do this. Here too there is the purchasing of the people of every tribe and language for God at a cost to God. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. So that these people may form a ’church’, or kingdom of priests to serve God. (vv 9 – 10)
What a special place is reserved for us through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ?
There are four ways to proceed from knowing these exhortations of God and His place for us His people:
- If you are distant from God, draw near.
- If you are assessing and examining God’s invitation, it is time to buy in.
- If you accepted God then you need to devour and learn from His scriptures so that you experience God in your life.
- If you have accepted God and are learning from Him, then enjoy and delight in the Lord.
Yes, there are Ten Thousand Reasons to know, love and enjoy God.
Yours in His great service,
 Piper, John. In The Great Invitation: Come! Drink! Eat! Live! from Desiring God, 31 July 1988, https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/the-great-invitation-come-drink-eat-live