-God declares that He has a right to offer His wayward bride, the children of Israel who committed to Him exclusively in the Mosaic covenant on Mt. Sinai, a certificate of divorce because of their many iniquities. When He called, there was none to answer. His Hand had never been too short to pay their ransom for sin; He has all power (Isaiah 50:1-3). However, rather than forsake them forever, God will give them the tongue of disciples. He will sustain the weary with a Word. This Word is Jesus, the Messiah, who is promised to come (John 1). This suffering Servant will listen to the Voice of His Father in Heaven. He will be perfect with an open ear. He is not disobedient, nor will He turn back. He will give His back to those who strike Him (the flogging of Jesus, Matthew 27:27-31, Mark 15:16-20, John 19:1-3). His beard will be plucked from His cheeks. He will not cover His face from humiliation and spitting. Jesus speaks, “For the LORD God helps Me, therefore, I am not disgraced; therefore, I have set My face like flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed. He who vindicates Me is near; who will contend with Me? Who has a case against Me? Let him draw near to Me (Isaiah 50:7-8).” Here is the go between. Jesus bridges the gap between sinful man who has no hope and a Holy God who is gracious to accept His payment for mankind’s iniquities. The ones who condemn Him and His righteous work will wear out like a garment and the moth will eat them. The obedient, on the other hand, will fear Him and obey the Voice of His Servant. He, the Messiah, is the Light (John 8:12). God says that mankind should trust in the Name of the LORD and rely on his God (Isaiah 50:9-10). The ones who kindle a fire in pagan and idolatrous worship are the ones with false faith, and they will lie down in torment for eternity (Isaiah 50:11). This, creating false gods who can never save or rescue, is self-reliance and self-sufficiency at its peak. *Application* In the same way today we look to our own intelligence, appearance, or accomplishments rather than trusting in God for His righteousness. Allow God to speak His Word over you and rescue you through His Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true Way (John 14:6).
Verses to Memorize: Isaiah 50:6-7