Today you should read: Isaiah 50
“But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches, go, walk in the light of your fires and of the torches you have set ablaze. This is what you shall receive from my hand: You will lie down in torment.” (Isaiah 50:11 NIV)
There are few Old Testament passages that are so blatantly about jesus the the one we read today. The connection is amazing and so detailed. We read things like,
“I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.” (Isaiah 50:6 NIV) and
“Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.” (Isaiah 50:7 NIV)
In this passage it is seemingly Jesus talking to the people. He is posing a question, gives His credentials to be able to answer the question and then, answers the question and ends with a sassy remark to those who won’t listen.
Question: Can I save you?
Jesus poses the question in a few different ways. Things like, “is my arm too short to deliver you?” and “do I lack the strength to rescue you?” These are clearly hypothetical to Jesus. He knows the answer is no. However, according to the actions of the people they see it quite differently. So what does Jesus do next? He gives them some proof
Credentials? How about this?
“When I came, why was there no one? When I called, why was there no one to answer? Was my arm too short to deliver you? Do I lack the strength to rescue you? By a mere rebuke I dry up the sea, I turn rivers into a desert; their fish rot for lack of water and die of thirst. I clothe the heavens with darkness and make sackcloth its covering.” The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. 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 me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me? Let us face each other! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me! It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me. Who will condemn me? They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up.” (Isaiah 50:2-9 NIV)
Jesus let the people know his power, his piety and his plan to save them. I hope you liked the 3 p’s there. He could dry up oceans and cloth the heavens. That should get our attention. That’s power. He always listened to God, always obeyed His will and always stayed the course, that’s the piety and then we see a glimpse of what he will, many years later, endure of us, that was his plan to save us. So now we have:
The answer: Jesus
“Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God.” (Isaiah 50:10 NIV)
Jesus tells the people to trust in the name of the Lord. Who is the Lord? Jesus. They my not have known this but they were able to look forward to the day a messiah would come and fulfill these things. What we look back to see they looked forward to see.
Then Jesus ends with a little jab at those who would do it themselves in the final verse.
So who are you? We see two types of folks here. Those who see the answer to the question and say yes to Jesus and those who decide they are better equipped to get the job done on their own. For those who choose Jesus they have eternal life, for those who do not not, see verse 11.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd