- What is the main point of this passage? Before God describes the obedient character of our Savior, in verses 1 through 3 He asks His children, Israel and Judah, where is the written proof He no longer cares for them, or why do they think He has no further purpose for them? Also, He challenges them to answer Him. Does He have power to protect them, or deliver them from the coming captivity? In verses 4 through 11, God describes the close relationship between the Almighty Creator of the Universe and His obedient One. The obedient One demonstrates His obedience while His back is struck, His beard plucked, and His face spat upon – all of which happened to Jesus. The obedient One trusts in God for His vindication and knows all who hate Him will be punished.
- What does God reveal about Himself? He gives clear instructions for His people to recognize His Messiah when He comes. Yet, even with these clear descriptions, many choose to ignore them, disbelieve Him, and hate Him without justifiable cause.
- What insights can I apply to my life? I choose to recognize Jesus as the obedient One. He fulfills God’s word. Furthermore, His words and His deeds matched – a clear definition of truth. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him.
- How can I use this passage to honor God? I declare the obedient Disciple described in this passage is Jesus, the Son of the Living God. Let any who disagree take up their argument before the Supreme Judge of the Universe. Good luck with that and have a nice day.
- Where is God working in my life today? We continue to pray for my friend and his family, even though he claims to be doing better. We know that grief invades the human heart at unexpected moments. Thus, we keep asking God to comfort this family unit.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
January 27, 2016 Bible Study – Isaiah 50:1-11
Today’s Bible study is Isaiah 50:1-11. As chapter 49 described examples of Messiah’s mission, which Jesus fulfilled, this passage emphasizes the Messiah’s obedience even through the things He suffered.