Isaiah 55: An Invitation from the Lord

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 152


Isaiah 55 is another call from the Lord to come to Him. In chapter 55, He gave more reasons why scattered Israel and all of us would want to trust and follow Him. The very first word, “ho,” is a call for someone to pay attention and come. “Ho” would normally be combined with the waving of the hand in an invitation to come.
Jesus Christ

Understanding the Scriptures

Isaiah 55

Wherefore (v. 2)Why 
Incline your ear (v. 3)Listen 
Abundantly (v. 7)Freely, in great number 
Thither (v. 10)Where it came from 
Void (v. 11)Empty, serving no purpose 

Isaiah 55:3–4—Why Is He Talking about David?

The “David” here actually refers to Jesus Christ, who was a legal heir to the throne of David. Interestingly, the name David in Hebrew means “beloved.” Usually, when the later Old Testament prophets refer to David, they are talking about the throne of David and are speaking about the Messiah.

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Isaiah 55.

Activity A iconIn Your Own Words

  1. 1.

    Compare Isaiah 55:1–2 to 2 Nephi 9:50–51 where Jacob seemed to be using the words of Isaiah. In your own words, explain what these verses mean to you.

  2. 2.

    How do you think a person could “buy” and “eat” the food the Lord offered in these verses? As you write your answer, read John 4:10–14 or John 6:29–35, 47–51 for help.

Activity B Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Isaiah 55:8–9

  1. 1.

    Draw a diagram that represents the message of Isaiah 55:8–9.

  2. 2.

    How is the message of these verses one of comfort?

  3. 3.

    Read Jacob 4:8 and tell how we can come to understand God’s thoughts and ways.