Isaiah 50 The Servant – Part III.

Through the prophet the LORD made clear that Israel separated themselves from the LORD through their own sins (v. 1). The LORD came to them, and called them, and asked them if he was not able to save them, he who governs the whole of creation including history (vv. 2-3). Isaiah attributes his ability to speak, and what he had to say and write, to the LORD, who awakened him morning by morning, and opened his ear to hear his word (v. 4). Unless the LORD opens a person’s ear, we all will remain rebellious (v. 5). However, with verse four we also learn that one would also come as the promised Servant, who would take upon himself the rebellious acts of sinners (v. 6). The LORD will help Isaiah, but also the coming Servant, so that they would speak with confidence, and not be ashamed (v. 7 Cf. Lk. 9:51).

These servants would stand justified, able to oppose those contending with them (v. 8 Cf. Acts 2:24; Rom. 8:32-34). Those who oppose will “grow old like a garment; the moth will eat them up” (v. 9 Cf. 51:6-8; Job 13:28; Ps. 102:26). This verse is quoted by the writer to the Hebrews, who saw in the Son this Servant, anointed and presented before the heavenly thrown (1:11). There is a clear contrast between those who will perish, and the Servant whose kingdom will remain. He is the eternal One (Heb. 1:12). Through Isaiah an invitation is made to all who fear the LORD, to obey the voice of this Servant, to “trust in the name of the LORD and rely upon his God” (v. 10). Some will still seek to walk according to their own light, but they will lie down in torment (v. 11 Cf. Jn. 9:39).

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