"If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink”.
This World can be compared to a giant outdoors market place not unlike those you can see in Europe. The merchants are all shouting to advertize their wares and their foods. Water-bearers also invite people to quench their thirst at their brews. The prophet Isaiah walks around the market-place and observes people buying food that does not satisfy, and water that does not quench as items priced way above their actual cost. Frustrated he cries, "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 (Isaiah 55:1-2).
Such is the world today. Everyone competes in the market of ideas, philosophies and religions. As a humble merchant among them the Spirit of God of Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: "How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge (Proverbs 1:20-22)?
How pathetic that Hashem, that He who owns the only food that satisfies and the only water that quenches, has to humble Himself to beg and shout for our attention amidst a market of lies and falsehoods. Yet He does. He does in Mashiach who made Himself of no reputation (Philippians 2:7 KJV), that He may reach us with what He knows we need, and that even when we seem distracted by the shiny plastic pretend gold of man’s philosophies and religions. When will we let go of the junk jewelry and reach for the real pearl of the Kingdom of God, even at the cost of everything else (Matthew 13:35-36)?
Hear His Voice now. As Abraham who was known to send Eliezer his servant (Eliezer means: My God is my help) in the highways and the byways to invite perfect strangers into his master’s tent so he could host them and tell them about the Magnificent Host whose world we enjoy, Messiah daily sends the Spirit of God to shout in our ears, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life (John 4:13-114)." And again, See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast (Matthew 22:4).
Will it be also said of us, But they paid no attention (Matthew 22:5)?