“One of my most favorite things about parenting is disciplining,” said NO PARENT EVER! Of course, we all know how important it is to discipline a child and how God even disciplines us so it’s not only teaching and molding a child but something done out of love and protection for the child. But man, does it get tough when that child is not taking ownership of their own disobedience and sins and they think you are just being mean for their own consequences and punishment. We see this at the beginning of Isaiah 50. As the ESV Study Bible says “The Jewish exiles feel abandoned. But their hardships are not due to failure in God. They sinned their way into exile.”
Later in this chapter, we are pointed to a suffering servant who will deliver us from such stubbornness and rebellion. As verses 4-9 says, this servant will suffer in order for others to be sustained. Of course, it’s talking about Jesus and even gives a prophecy regarding Him willingly taking on such a beating and suffering, even having his beard being ripped out leading up to the crucifixion. He surely was our suffering servant, which is appropriate to read about and worship with it being Holy Week. Leading up to Good Friday, listen to the song below and thank Jesus for what He endured to deliver us.