An Invitation to Seek the Lord – Isaiah 55:1-13
For those who have watched “The Godfather,” a movie released in 1972 the words “an offer too good to refuse” probably sounds familiar. The head of a mafia family, Don Vito Corleone, aka the godfather, made the statement “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” The godfather’s offer made to another individual was, in essence, proclaimed to be "too good to refuse" for refusal would ultimately result in the demise of the individual, if the offer was rejected. The godfather’s offers were always based upon some criminal intent and extended with threatening intimidation. However, the God Father that created the universe presents an offer that flows from His love for all and is ultimately intended for the benefit of all recipients.
The prophetic words of Isaiah, an invitation from the God Father, should be viewed as “an offer too good to refuse.” The offer to the Judaic captives from their God Father was one of love, mercy, and grace. The offer was an all-encompassing invitation for the captives. The invitation extended included such benefits as 1) life-sustaining sustenance without any costs, 2) true satisfaction and abundance, 3) an everlasting fellowship with the God Father, 4) assistance from unanticipated sources, 5) compassion and forgiveness of sins, and 6) joy and peace following deliverance from calamitous situations. Undoubtedly, many of the Judaic captives rejoiced at the opportunity to receive such a rewarding offer.
Just as the prophetic words, spoken by the prophet, called to the Judaic captives to embrace their God Father, that invitation is still relevant for all humanity today. The God Father in heaven is not desirous that any should perish, but that all would repent and have an eternal fellowship with Him. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him” (John 3:16-17, NASB). Wisdom declares that the invitation of the God Father in heaven is “an offer too good to refuse.”