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The Sufferings of Jesus Christ (Daily Portion 10119)

Content Author: 
Reagan, David
Scripture Passage: 
Isaiah 50:1-11

The Lord speaks of His divorcement of Israel and of the suffering and submission of the Messiah.  He closes this chapter with a comparison of those who fear the Lord with those who kindle their own fire.

What Does It Say?

  1. Has God sold Israel? No. The Lord tells them, “Behold, for your ___________ have ye sold ____________.”
  2. God’s hand has not been shortened at all that it cannot ____________.
  3. “The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the __________, that I should know how to speak a word in ___________ to him that is ___________.”
  4. The suffering Saviour will not be confounded because He will set His face like a __________.
  5. The suffering Saviour will not be confounded because He will set His face like a __________.

What Does It Mean?

  1. The Lord is certainly referring to Israel in verse one when He speaks of putting her away (that is, divorcing her) and selling them into slavery.  To what events in Israel’s history is the Lord referring?  Is the putting away and selling permanent?
  2. Verse five says, “The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.”  The opening of the ear probably refers to the Hebrew who willingly becomes a slave for life in Exodus 21:2-6.  Read this passage and tell how this is a picture of Jesus Christ.
  3. Verse six says, “I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.”  What events in the life of Christ are prophesied in this verse?  What are we told about the suffering of Christ here that is not recorded in the gospels?

What Does It Mean to Me?

  1. The Lord promises to give us the tongue of the learned so that we can speak a word in season to him that is weary (v.4).  What a blessing that He helps us so?  He “wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.”  What does Isaiah mean by this statement?  What does God do for us morning by morning?  What should we expect from Him every morning?  See Lamentations 3:22-23.
  2. Who is the man who fears the Lord and obeys the voice of God’s servant, yet walks in darkness?  Do you ever feel that way?  Read verse ten and tell what God’s answer is for this man.  What can you do today to find God’s light?

Suggested Memory Verses

Isaiah 50:4; Isaiah 50:6

David Reagan
Daily Proverb

Proverbs 22:29

Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.