- Seek Jehovah while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the evildoer, his thoughts; And let him return to Jehovah, and He will have compassion on him; (Isa. 55:6-7)
What a wonderful word of encouragement to us. Seek Jehovah while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.
Encouragement and caution often come together. Isaiah tells us, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the evildoer, his thoughts…
We have to ask, who are the wicked and the evil doer? Is it a sinner? Or one who worships idols? Or one who hates Jehovah?
Actually, the verses go on:
- For My thoughts are not your thoughts, And your ways are not My ways, declares Jehovah. (Isa. 55:8)
God does not think the way we do.
In the eyes of God, the wicked one, the evildoer, is the one who does not come to drink of Him.
- For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew out for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns, Which hold no water. (Jer.2:13)
Jeremiah reveals that God’s intention is to be the fountain, the source, of living waters to dispense Himself into His chosen people for their satisfaction and enjoyment.
But Israel instead committed two evils: they forsook God as their fountain, their source, and they turned to a source other than God. Here we see who is the wicked and the evil doer.
The wicked is one who does not drink of God; the evil doer is one who is a thinker instead of a drinker.
Everyone drinks of something.
Things and amusement cannot quench the thirst deep within man. No matter how much we drink of this worldly “water,” we will thirst again and again.
The Lord Jesus said, “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall by no means thirst forever” (John 4:14).
Apart from God Himself dispensed into us as living water, nothing can quench our thirst. God’s desire is simply that we should drink of Him as the fountain of living waters.
How do we drink of this living water? 1 Cor. 12 tells us the secret of drinking.
- “For also in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and were all given to drink one Spirit.” (v. 13)
Although we have been positioned by baptism to drink and we may be thirsty, we do not actually drink until we call on the name of the Lord (Acts 2:21). Verse 13 says that we all have been made to drink of one Spirit, and verse 3 tells us that “no one can say Jesus Lord! except in the Holy Spirit.”
To drink the Spirit is to call “Lord Jesus.” Whenever we call on the name of the Lord in this way, we spontaneously drink the living water. The simple way to apply all of this is to call upon His name.
There is a wonderful way to delight oneself with God. According to many verses in both the Old and New Testaments, God’s desire is that we would call upon Him to take Him in as living water. Two such verses are Acts 2:21 and 1 Cor. 12:13. The footnotes from the Holy Bible Recovery Version, a unique study Bible, show us the history of calling on the name of the Lord throughout the Bible, and how we can joy in God through our calling on Him.
Acts 2:21 – And it shall be that everyone who 1calls on the 2name of the Lord shall be 3asaved.”
Acts 2:213 saved
This is the conclusion of the quotation of Joel’s prophecy, which began in v. 17, indicating that the issue of God’s pouring out of His Spirit upon all flesh is their salvation through calling on the name of the Lord. God’s outpouring of His Spirit is the applying of the Lord’s salvation to His chosen people. To be saved is to receive this Spirit, who is the blessing of the gospel in God’s New Testament economy (Gal. 3:2, 5, 14). This Spirit is the Lord Himself as the breath (John 20:22) and the living water (John 4:10, 14) to us. To breathe Him in as our breath and drink Him as our living water, we need to call on Him. Lamentations 3:55-56 indicates that our calling on the Lord is our breathing, and Isa. 12:3-4 indicates that our calling on the Lord is our drinking. After we believe in the Lord, we need to call on Him that we may not only be saved but also enjoy His riches (Rom. 10:12-13). When we exercise our spirit to call on Him, breathe Him in, and drink Him, we enjoy His riches; this is the real worship to God. The Lord connected such worship (John 4:24) to the drinking of the living water given by Him (John 4:14).
Acts 2:211 calls
Calling on the name of the Lord is not a new practice that began with the New Testament. Rather, it began with Enosh, the third generation of mankind, in Gen. 4:26. It was continued by Job (Job 12:4; 27:10), Abraham (Gen. 12:8; 13:4; 21:33), Isaac (Gen. 26:25), Moses and the children of Israel (Deut. 4:7), Samson (Judg. 15:18; 16:28), Samuel (1 Sam. 12:18; Psa. 99:6), David (2 Sam. 22:4, 7; 1 Chron. 16:8; 21:26; Psa. 14:4; 17:6; 18:3, 6; 31:17; 55:16; 86:5, 7; 105:1; 116:4, 13, 17; 118:5; 145:18), the psalmist Asaph (Psa. 80:18), the psalmist Heman (Psa. 88:9), Elijah (1 Kings 18:24), Isaiah (Isa. 12:4), Jeremiah (Lam. 3:55, 57), and others (Psa. 99:6), all of whom practiced this in the Old Testament age. Isaiah charged the seekers of God to call upon Him (Isa. 55:6). Even the Gentiles knew that the prophets of Israel had the habit of calling on the name of God (Jonah 1:6; 2 Kings 5:11). The Gentile raised up by God from the north also called upon His name (Isa. 41:25). It is God’s commandment (Psa. 50:15; Jer. 29:12) and desire (Psa. 91:15; Zeph. 3:9; Zech. 13:9) that His people call on Him. This is the joyful way to drink from the fountain of God’s salvation (Isa. 12:3-4) and the enjoyable way to delight oneself in God (Job 27:10), that is, to enjoy Him. Hence, God’s people must call upon Him daily (Psa. 88:9). Such a jubilant practice was prophesied by Joel (Joel 2:32) concerning the New Testament jubilee.
1 Cor. 12:13 – For also in 1aone Spirit we were all bbaptized into 2cone Body, whether 3dJews or Greeks, whether 4slaves or free, and were all given to 5edrink one fSpirit.
1 Cor. 12:135 drink
To be baptized in the Spirit is to get into the Spirit and to be lost in Him; to drink the Spirit is to take the Spirit in and to have our being saturated with Him. By these two procedures we are mingled with the Spirit. To be baptized in the Spirit is the initiation of the mingling and is once for all. To drink the Spirit is the continuation and accomplishment of the mingling and is perpetual, forever. This requires us to call on the Lord continually and draw water with joy from Him as the fountain of living water (Isa. 12:3-4; John 4:10, 14).
All quotes are from footnotes from The Holy Bible Recovery Version.
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