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02 August 2020

Proper 13A Sermon: Rich Food for the Poor

Preached on Isaiah 55:1–5
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
2 August AD 2020

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Isaiah 55:1–5 Summary: How odd! The Lord calls us to come to Him to buy our staples and to pay for all manner of “rich food.” Yet when we reach for our wallets, checkbooks, and charge cards we discover that everything He offers costs more than we can afford.

How can we cover the cost? Faith is the only coin accepted in this realm. In His suffering and death, Jesus completed the purchase of everything we need to sustain us in this life and until life everlasting. We buy “without price” because the price is paid for us.

Along with the daily bread that even the wicked enjoy, God sustains His people with Jesus, “the living bread that came down from heaven. (John 6:51)” He nourishes us through Absolution, the preaching of Christ, and Holy Communion. The Baptismal water that first refreshed us flows freely whenever we claim the forgiveness that is ours.

Text: “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has 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 diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.

“Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.” Isaiah 55:1–5

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Other Readings: Psalm 136:1–9; Romans 9:1–13; Matthew 14:13–21

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