"Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near" (Isa 55:6).

"Isaiah 54 - 55 constitute one of the most beautiful pieces of literature in the entire Bible." John Oswalt, Isaiah, The NIV Application Commentary.

"Try and suck all the sweetness that you can out of (Isaiah 54) while we read it. The personal application of a promise to the heart by the Holy Spirit is that which is wanted. This chapter is ... drip with virgin honey. Sip: taste, and be satisfied." Charles Spurgeon.

Why we might be slow to respond: “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” C.S. Lewis.

Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12 (What a shocking salvation!)

"If we make success our goal, as the world counts success, we run the serious danger of losing everything." John Oswalt, Isaiah, The NIV Application Commentary.

"God's power is at its greatest not in his destruction of the wicked but in his taking all the wickedness of the earth into himself and giving back love." John Oswalt.

"As you look at the incarnate son of God dying on the cross the most powerful thought you should think is: this is the true meaning of who God is. He is the God of self-giving love." N.T. Wright.

"The Servant did not come to tell people what God wants; rather, he came to be what God wants for us." John Oswalt.

Theme: In the Hebrew language, to listen is to act.

“The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away. I offered my back to those who beat memy cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting(Isa 50:5-6). “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion,'Your God reigns!'”  (Isa 52:7)