Sermon delivered at Ballard First Lutheran Church, Seattle, WA
This is one of those Sundays where our Old Testament lesson and our Gospel lesson really seem to be in lock-step.
So, let’s hear our reading from Isaiah again, so it’s fresh in your mind.
Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;
and you that have 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?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live.
Wow: Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
The ringing question from Isaiah.
This is a tricky, rhetorical question. What is it that these exiled Judeans have been buying, if not bread?
Now, be careful: Bread here becomes an image with many facets, full of lots of different meanings.
“…that which does not satisfy”, says God through the prophet Isaiah today. What is it, then, that does satisfy? What can fill us up, and never leave us hungry again?
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