Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Isaiah 50:4-9a

4 The Lord God has given me
the tongue of those who are taught,
that I may know how to sustain with a word
him who is weary.
Morning by morning he awakens;
he awakens my ear
to hear as those who are taught.
5 The Lord God has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious;
I turned not backward.
6 I gave my back to those who strike,
and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard;
I hid not my face
from disgrace and spitting.
7 But the Lord God helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like a flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame.
8 He who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who is my adversary?
Let him come near to me.
9 Behold, the Lord God helps me;
who will declare me guilty?

The Prophet Isaiah, led by the Holy Spirit, wrote about the coming Messiah as the Obedient Servant. He would be a bold teacher whose words would bring comfort to the weary (verse 4). He would be willing to endure pain and punishment for the sake of others (verse 6), but He would be proven innocent (verse 8).

Jesus Christ is the Obedient Servant.

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:8)

As followers of Christ, we are called to put aside our worldly ways and be obedient to God.

What is He asking of you? Is He calling you to turn off the television and spend time reading His word? Does He want you to give up a few hours on the weekend and volunteer somewhere in your community? Or is He leading you to change your lifestyle in some way? Perhaps He’s wants you to share the gospel with a neighbor.

Obedience is difficult, but if God is directing you He will also help you (verse 9).

Lord God, You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, to be obedient to death on the cross. Help us today to hear Your call, and confidently obey Your words. May our lives reflect Your love to others. We ask this through Jesus Christ and with the help of the Holy Spirit. Amen.