Third Servant Song : Isa 50:4-9
Song of Training, Abuse & Determination
Song of Confidence in the Face of Adversity
Preparation of the Servant
Abuse of the Servant
Help for the Servant
The Preparation of the Servant v.4-5
The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word
that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my
ear to listen like one being taught. 5 The Sovereign LORD has opened
my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back.
to Speak by First Listening
Sovereign LORD Yahweh almighty the sovereign one the
one who is high over all, this is who the servant has been receiving
given me his teaching of the servant has produced this
instructed tongue a tongue that has been trained.
know the word to know what to say. In the 2 nd Song we
noted (49:2) that words will be an important part of the servant's
sustains the weary to lift up the weary. Somehow his words
will encourage and pick up and give hope to those who are weary
and feel like giving up. In the 1 st Song (42:3) we see that he
will be there for those who are coming to the end of themselves.
wakens me how does he do that? He wakens the servant in
the morning a sense of purposeful waking up being woken to get
on with preparation.
by morning it happens every morning, this is an ongoing
my ear to listen he teaches the servant first to be a listener
one being taught. you can't learn until you first listen.
Lord, teach me what to say that my life, my words will encourage.
lift and and give hope to those who are downcast and exhausted.
Sovereign LORD - again it is the almighty One who has done
opened my ears he has taught me to listen, to be open to
hear Him and hear what is going on around me.
I have not been rebellious the servant submitted and in
no way rejected what was coming.
have not drawn back. in no way did the learning servant
draw back from the lessons he was receiving.
as much as I can, I declare that I will be obedient, I will respond.
Open my ears to hear.
The Abuse of the Servant v.6
I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled
out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.
the toughness of the assignment
offered my back the above was the first part of his ministry
(1 st 3 years). This is now the climax of his ministry. It was a
submitting to those who took hold of him.
those who beat me they were going to violently come against
him and beat him so it happened to Jesus. First comes his back,
then his front -
cheeks to those who pulled out my beard next comes the
abuse on his face most painful
did not hide my face again he did not hold back but took
it full on.
mocking and spitting if wasn't only physical, but verbal
and mental abuse. Lord teach
me to be one who perseveres in the face of opposition. Thank you,
Lord Jesus, that you went through this for me.
The Help of the Servant v.7-9
Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore
have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.
8 He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against
me? Let us face each other! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me!
9 It is the Sovereign LORD who helps me. Who is he that will condemn
me? They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up.
the servant can cope with the toughness because of certain
Sovereign LORD helps me God Almighty is there for Him.
That is THE most encouraging thing.
will not be disgraced it may look bad but at the end of
the day he will not be disgraced.
so, because of this
I set my face like flint he has determined to go
through with this.
but also, there is more
know I will not be put to shame reiteration, that this
will be all right. It will be tough but at the end of it the servant
will be vindicated.
you Lord that you are my help, that you are with me and that as
you lead me, so I will not be disgraced.
who vindicates me - He knows God is there for him. God will
show that what he does is right. In the eyes of others he is a failure
but in God's eyes and subsequently to many, he will be seen to be
near God is close by His servant with the sense of God
nearby the servant is OK.
then will bring charges against me? So if God is with
me and for me, does it matter who sets themselves against me?
us face each other! Come on, come out into the open, face
is my accuser? Who will accuse me, who dares come against
me with God on my side?
him confront me! Come on, dare it, confront me and tell
me what I've done wrong.
teach me that it does not matter what others say.
is the Sovereign LORD who helps me God Almighty is on my
side. Note that again and again he reiterates that it is Yahweh,
the ever present One, the all-powerful One who is with him and for
him. That is critical to his sense of security.
is he that will condemn me? So who is going to be stupid
enough to condemn me?
will all wear out like a garment they haven't got a long
moths will eat them up they're going to get eaten up.
remind me again of these truths, that the enemies of the Gospel
may appear strong for the present, but their end is determined.
You are with me, you are for me, you help me. You are my Lord!