Isaiah 50

In Isaiah 50:1-3, Israel complained that God had arbitrarily divorced her, sold her children into servitude, and sent her into captivity (50:1). There was however, no “certificate of divorce” or bill of sale to substantiate the charge (50:1a).

The reason Israel was sent into exile was because of her sin (50:1b) and unwillingness to respond to God’s voice (50:2a).

God further declared that any delays in the deliverance were caused by His people’s continued disobedience and not because He was unable to deliver them (50:2b). God is not only capable of delivering His people, He is also capable of destroying His foes (50:2c-3).

The Servant Will Serve with God’s Help

50:4-11
How did Isaiah describe the Servant?

First, Isaiah described the servant as being teachable. He listens to God and is obedient to His word (50:4-5). His heart and mind are open to the Lord’s instruction. He has a daily quiet time with the Lord.

Second, the servant is described as being a teacher. Because the Lord has taught him, he in turn teaches others (50:4). Those who listen to God have something to tell others.

Third, he suffered physical abuse and persecution as he performed his task of speaking God’s word (50:6). Compare verse 6 with the treatment of Jesus in Matthew 26:67 and 27:30.

Fourth, he is confident in performing his task because God is on his side and helps him (50:7-9). He knows that God will deal with those who fail to trust Him and obey His word (50:10-11).

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