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November 2, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

Isaiah 50 (ESV)

Thus says the Lord:
“Where is your mother’s certificate of divorce,
    with which I sent her away?
Or which of my creditors is it
    to whom I have sold you?
Behold, for your iniquities you were sold,
    and for your transgressions your mother was sent away.
Why, when I came, was there no man;
    why, when I called, was there no one to answer?
Is my hand shortened, that it cannot redeem?
    Or have I no power to deliver?
Behold, by my rebuke I dry up the sea,
    I make the rivers a desert;
their fish stink for lack of water
    and die of thirst....Continue Reading

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  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. What peace and resolve comes from following God, especially for the suffering servant. Because we know that God’s arm is never too short to ransom us (v2), if He doesn’t, we know there has to be some divine purpose that He is accomplishing. Amongst those purposes can be developing character and faith in us, glorifying God, and disciplining for sin. And if the final one is at issue as it is here in Isaiah 50 for the Israelites, then we can still be confident in God for what He is accomplishing in us. And when it comes to the suffering servant, He can press into that punishment for what God is accomplishing through Him. Even though He has been obedient, He is disciplined for a higher purpose. But for both the servant and those who are disciplined for disobedience, they can look to the Sovereign Lord who helps.

    We should all be those who fear the Lord, and trust in God. Because if we rely on our own devices and light, we will receive torment from God.

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