- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Isaiah 50
Israel’s sin and the servant’s obedience.
A poetic imagination describes broken marriage relationship between God and Israel. Because of the sin and transgression of Israel, God sent away, mother, people of Israel, was sold to exile.
Third Servant Song (v.4-9) is the prophecy of Messiah who will come as suffering servant. The servant is going to be suffered by his own people. The tormenters are his opponents among the Israelites. But the servant, however, confronts the reality of the dispirited Israelites of the exile in Babylonia.
The suffering servant affirms that God stands near to sustain him. (v.7-9). “It is the sovereign Lord who helps me.” (v.9). “They” (v.9) indicates all opponents of the servant.
God will lead his servant safely through the darkness of his opponents, their rejection. They will be punished.
We see the feature of the suffering servant in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Messiah who suffered and died on the cross. But God raised him in three days. His crucifixion is his suffering, and his resurrection is his triumph.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?