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Sunday Class 10:00 a.m.

Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m.

Sunday Discussion 2:00 p.m.

Sunday Ladies Class 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday Class 7:00 p.m.

2 minutes reading time (437 words)

The Servant Will Suffer

"The Lord God has given Me The tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned. The Lord God has opened My ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away. I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting. For the Lord God will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed. He is near who justifies Me; Who will contend with Me? Let us stand together. Who is My adversary? Let him come near Me. Surely the Lord God will help Me; who is he who will condemn Me? Indeed they will all grow old like a garment; the moth will eat them up." (Isa. 50•.4-9).

The specific prophecies of Isaiah 50:4-9 were fulfilled by Christ when Pilate "delivered Him to be crucified" (Matt. 27:26).

Servants of God have always had difficulty fulfilling their mission. The Suffering Servant would not flee from His work as Jonah did (Isa. 50:5; Jonah 1:3). We hear our Lord tell those in the first century, "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you." (Matt. 5.10-12).

The striking language of Isaiah 50:6 calls to mind the suffering of our Lord before His journey to the cross, where His back was given to the smiters and where wicked men plucked the beard from off His face (Matt. 26:67-68; 27:2631).

No reason is given in this section of Scripture for His suffering—we are left to wonder why He had to suffer. Others may desert Him as He goes deeper into His work (Isa. 50:8), but the One who vindicates Him is always near (cf. John 8:29; 16:32). The ultimate vindication of Christ would come through the resurrection from the grave. Paul wrote concerning "Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead (Rom. 1:3-4).
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