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55:2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
55:5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
(55:8-9) “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.”
Believers use these verses to justify everything cruel, nasty, and absurd in the Bible. Why did God kill 42 children for making fun of a prophet’‘s bald head? What was God thinking when he inspired Ezekiel 23:20? And what about that talking donkey in Numbers 22:29-30? Well God’‘s ways are not our ways.
Yeah, well, that’‘s for sure! But God’‘s ways are supposed to be “higher” than ours according to Isaiah 55:9, and they clearly are not.
55:10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
55:13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.