Invitation to the banquet (Isa 55:1-55:2)

“O!

Everyone who thirsts!

Come to the waters!

You that have no money!

Come!

Buy!

Eat!

Come!

Buy wine!

Buy milk!

But without money!

But without a price!

Why do you spend your money

For that which is not bread?

Why do you labor

For that which does not satisfy?

Listen carefully to me!

Eat what is good!

Delight yourselves in rich food!”

This seems to be a concluding hymn of joy. Second Isaiah has an invitation to those without money to come to drink and eat without any price on the products. They can have water, wine, and milk. They should save their money for bread. Why are they working at jobs that they do not like? Eat good food, even rich food. Enjoy yourself at this banquet!

Useless wealth (Ps 49:5-49:9)

“Why should I fear in times of trouble?

The iniquity of my persecutors surrounds me.

They are those who trust in their wealth.

They are those who boast of the abundance of their riches.

Truly,

No one can ransom himself.

Ther is no price

That one can give to God for it.

The ransom of his life is costly.

The ransom can never suffice.

How can one continue to live on forever?

How can they never see the pit?”

The psalmist wanted to know why he should be afraid. His persecutors were wicked iniquitous men who trusted and boasted about their abundant wealth. Nobody could ransom themselves. There was no price that they could give to God to save their own lives. No ransom could save a person’s life forever. Everyone would die and go down to the pit or the grave.