posted on Oct, 29 2012 @ 01:05 PM
v17; The invitation to the thirsty.
This is another version of the invitation given in ch21 v6. Like the earlier verse, it combines the invitation to the thirsty given by Jesus in John
ch7 v37 ("If anyone thirst, let him come...living water"), and the similar invitation that God gives in Isaiah ch55 v1, which is where "without
price" comes from.
In this place, "let him come" obviously picks up on "Come!" in the first half of the verse. This might be a little confusing, because the appeal
in the first half of the verse is addressed to Jesus, So the verb "come" has different meanings in the two halves of the verse.
However, this ambiguity well expresses the point that the movement is reciprocal. If we want Jesus to come to us, we must be willing to come to
The coming of men to Jesus, and the call for him to come, are expressions of the same thirst.
Perhaps he is most likely to come when his church is most desirous of seeing him.