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The Word of God Fulfills Its Purpose

This Sunday I’m preaching from Isaiah 55:10-13. It’s an intriguing passage, which invites us to take hold of the Word that will not return empty. I want to focus on verse 11, in conversation with Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s doctoral dissertation—Sanctorum Communiowhich he submitted to the university at the age of 21. In my sermon, I will focus on what I believe is, in context, a reference to God’s covenant promise. This covenant promise is mentioned in verse 3 of the chapter, which isn’t part of the lectionary reading. That verse reads: “Listen and come to me; listen, and you will live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful loyalty to David” (Is. 55:3 CEB).
To provide sufficient context, I am including verse 10 along with verse 11 of chapter 55:
10For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
    and do not return there until they have watered the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
    giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be tha…

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