1 Ho, every one that thirsteth [Come, kol tzameh], come ye to the waters [mayim], and he that hath no money [kesef]; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy [yayin and cholov without kesef and without mekhir ].
There is more joy in the exercise of the understanding and of the higher faculties than can ever be found in the pursuit of merely secular aims of life. The service of God, the love of God, the opening out of the mind in the daily contemplation of God in prayer and reading, open out sources of peace and joy unknown to the man who knows not God and obeys not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ...
But the chief incentive relates to prospect. What prospect is there in natural life? None.
Human life is most truly compared to a flower. There is bloom and fragrance and beauty and promise in the first stage, but it is all short-lived-so short-lived. Everything is on the move, and we hasten on towards decay and death. There is nothing but darkness on the natural horizon. This is not pessimism but truth-from which it is the habit of men to avert their eyes. Avert eyes as they may, the fact waits them there, and every one sooner or later gets bitter wind of it.
All this is changed for those who listen to the voice of God appealing to them and pleading with them out of the Scriptures. "Ho every one that thirsteth, come to the waters . . . come to me. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. Hear, and your soul shall live. I will give to him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely." "Come out from among them (the unheedful) and be ye separate, and I will receive you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters." "To you that fear my name the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in his beams."
With such relations and prospects, there is no darkness on the horizon. There is nothing but brightness and joy ahead. Even the present darkness is illuminated by the glory of joyful hope. Even in distress and infirmities, like Paul, we are enabled in a measure to take pleasure, knowing that they work out for us a state of preparedness for the unspeakable goodness which God has in reserve for those who love him.
Bro Roberts - Sunday Morning 259 TC 11/1894
3 Incline your ear [ozen], and come unto Me: hear, and your soul [nefesh] shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant [Brit Olam] with you, even the sure mercies of David [chasdei Dovid hane'emanim].
cp Acts 13:34, Rev 22:17
The sentence to pardon of Iife is through Jesus Christ. In being made a sacrifice for sin by the pouring out of His blood upon the cross, He is set forth as a blood sprinkled mercy seat to all believers of the gospel of the kingdom, who have faith in this remission of sins through the shedding of His blood. "He was delivered for our offences, and raised again for our justification" (Rom. 4:25); that is, for the pardon of those who believe the gospel; as it is written, "he that believeth the gospel and is baptized shall be saved" (Mark 16:15-16).
Hence, "the obedience of faith" (Rom. 1:5), is made the condition of righteousness; and this obedience implies the existence of a "law of faith," as attested by that of Moses, which is "the law of works" (Rom. 3:27-31).
The law of faith says to him who believes the gospel of the kingdom, "be renewed, and be ye every one of you baptized by the name of Jesus Christ for remission of sins" (Acts 2:38).
...the act demanded of a renewed sinner by the constitution of righteousness, that he may be inducted into Christ and so "constituted the righteousness of God in Him," is a burial in water into death. The energy of the word of truth is twofold. It makes a man "dead to sin" and "alive to God." Now, as Christ died to sin once and was buried, so the believer having become dead to sin, must be buried also; for after death burial. The death and burial of the believer is connected with the death and burial of Christ by the individual's faith in the testimony concerning them. Hence, he is said to be "dead with Christ," and to be "buried with Christ;" but, how buried? "By baptism into death," saith the Scripture.
But is this all? By no means; for the object of the burial in water is not to extinguish animal life; but, by preserving it, to afford the believer scope to "walk in newness of life," moral and intellectual. He is, therefore, raised up out of the water. This action is representative of his faith in the resurrection of Jesus; and of his hope, that as he had been planted with Him in the similitude of His death, he shall hereafter be also in the likeness of His resurrection (Rom. 6:3-11), and so enter the kingdom of God. To such persons the Scripture saith, "ye are all sons of God in Christ Jesus through the faith;" and the ground of this honorable and divine relationship is assigned in these words;
"For as many of you as have been baptised INTO Christ have put on Christ; and if ye be Christ's, then are ye the seed of Abraham, and heirs according to the promise" (Gal. 3:26-29). They have thus received the spirit of adoption by which they can address God as their Father who is in heaven.
Elpis Israel 1.4.
"The God of Israel spake to me, saying, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And He (the Just One) shall be as the light of the morning when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear sbining after rain. Although my house be not so with God; yet He hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure; for this is all my salvation and all my desire, although He make it not to grow" (2 Sam. 23:3-5).
This covenant of the throne and kingdom was David's desire and salvation, because it promised him a resurrection to eternal life, in the assurance that his house, kingdom, and throne, with God's son and his son, one person, sitting upon it, should be established in his presence for ever.
..."I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, saying, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. He shall cry unto me, Thou art my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation. Also I will make him my first-born, higher than the kings of the earth. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing which has gone out of m lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven'' (Psalm 89:3, 4, 19-28, 34-37).
After these testimonies there requires no further proof that David's family was constituted by a solemn covenant the Royal House of God's Kingdom; and that one of David's posterity whom God should acknowledge to be his son, should be its everlasting king. The claims of Jesus to be David's Seed and God's Son have been fully established by his resurrcetion from the dead; which is an assurance to all men, both Jews and Gentiles, that God hath appointed him, as the Holy one of Israel their king; to rule the world in righteousness, and to establish truth and equity among the nations; as God sware to Moses, saying, "Truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord."
Elpis Israel 2.4.
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto Yahweh, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our Elohim, for he will abundantly pardon.
Many feel that they are too evil to come and accept these glorious things of the Spirit. There is a certain amount of truth in that, yet we are invited not to stand back on account of it. Gracious are the words of Isaiah 55. The wicked man is told not to stay away because of his wickedness, provided he forsake his way. He is assured that the Lord will have mercy upon him. God says,
"My ways are not your ways, they are higher than yours."
Man is unmerciful; God is gracious and full of compassion. This is one of our comforts. If we are failing and shortcoming, we have to deal with a God who is slow to anger and ready to pardon. Of course there are conditions. A reasonable man would be eager to conform to the conditions. It would be terrible anarchy if there were no conditions, yet the conditions are simple. Let a man believe in Christ and obey him, and he will receive forgiveness of sins. Afterwards there will be fightings and overcomings. We must be doers of the Word and not hearers only;
"Faith without works is dead."
If we do not always come up to the full mark of the attainment in Christ, we have a High Priest. Peter actually denied Christ, but was forgiven because Christ prayed for him, for he knew that Peter loved him. If we love Christ and are bending our strength to the doing of his will, he will ask God to pardon us, and God will pardon whomsoever Christ asks for. ..., that we may not be overwhelmed by the sense of our shortcomings, and that we may be emboldened to-
"Lift up the hands that hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees."
Bro Roberts - Trouble now, Power Soon.
12 For ye shall go out with joy [simcha], and be led forth with peace [back with shalom]: the mountains and the hills [harim and the geva'ot] shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field [kol atzei hasadeh].
13 Instead of the thorn [thornbush] shall come up the fir tree [cypress], and instead of the brier [sirpad (nettle, prickly herb)]shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to Yahweh for a name [Shem], for an everlasting sign [ot olam lo yikaret] that shall not be cut off.
When the marriage, or union, takes place between the sons of Zion, and their King, with the Land of Promise in Eden, it will again become the garden of the Lord, or Paradise, which His own right hand hath planted. For
"the Lord shall comfort Zion: He will comfort all her waste places; and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving and the voice of melody " (Isaiah 51:3).
Elpis Israel 1.2.