Come to the Waters; Come, Buy and Eat

New JerusalemLet’s continue looking at Old Testament verses about the flow of living water. This flow extends from the garden of Eden at the beginning of the Bible to New Jerusalem at the conclusion of the Bible. Isaiah 55:1 says, “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters, and you who have no money; come, buy and eat; yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.”

  • The waters, the wine and milk, and the real bread (in contrast to false bread in v. 2) are our life supply. Eternal life and the life supply are available to us based on the redemption described in Isaiah 53:1-10.
  • “Ho!” Pay attention! The Amplified Bible has “Wait and listen…”
  • This verse is a cry to everyone who thirsts. We can pray, Lord, give me a thirst for You every moment. For the sake of the gospel, we can also pray for unbelievers, Lord, give that person a thirst for living water.
  • This verse says “come to the waters.” In verse 3 the Lord says, “come to Me” (matching Jesus’ word in John 7:37). The real waters are not a thing but God Himself.
  • With “no money” we “come and buy” and we “buy…without money and without price.” Our “payment” is to turn our heart to the Lord and to open more of our heart to Him. After “without price,” The Amplified Bible inserts  “[simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing].”
  • We “come to the waters…and eat.” Within the water is a food supply. The supply here is “wine and milk,” both of which are water containing a nourishing element. This corresponds with Revelation 22:1-2 where there is “a river of water of life….And on this side and on that side of the river was the tree of life, producing twelve fruits, yielding its fruit each month.” When the river flows to us and through us, we receive nourishment.

All of these wonderful aspects found in Isaiah 55:1 are for us today and are a foretaste of New Jerusalem.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, may be viewed at; this too is © by Living Stream Ministry.

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  1. Praise the Lord that we can “come to the waters” today in our spirit (John 7:37-38). By living in this reality we are a miniature of the New Jerusalem today and are part of the process of becoming that eternal city of living water, the New Jerusalem (Rev 22:1, 17). What a blessing ! What a hope!


    • May the Lord keep us thirsty for Him so that we always respond when we sense the call to “come.”


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