Isaiah 50

Isaiah 50 has the prophet delivering a strong message from God to His people.  They seem to think God doesn’t care about them any more – that He has ‘divorced’ them.  But God challenges that thinking.  “Where is your mother’s certificate of divorce, with which I sent her away? Or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you”?  There are no divorce papers.  There’s no document that gives any credence to that kind of thinking.  God hasn’t forgotten or forsaken His people at all.  There was no loss of love from God.  The issue has been sin, and the result of sin is separation.

We create our own issues in our relationship with God.  That old saying ‘if you don’t feel close to God, guess who moved’ applied back in Isaiah’s time just like it does for us today.  God hasn’t gone anywhere.  He isn’t going anywhere either.  But we stray and make decisions and choices that cause us to move away from Him.  It’s called sin, but it boils down to our own selfish choices which lead to disobedience.  That is the issue – we choose to do things that move us from Him.  God does not move from us.

In spite of our bone headed choices, God remains ready to redeem us.  “Is my hand shortened, that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver”?  God’s power and authority hasn’t changed.  He stands ready to welcome us back into relationship even when we go astray.  We need to confess, repent, and return to Him, and with the provision of grace through Christ we can receive eternal forgiveness for all our sin.  His hand is certainly able to restore us to right relationship if we will come back to Him.

Isaiah captures a description of the courage that Christ would demonstrate in the future.  “Therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame”.  There are two kinds of courage that are exhibited – the courage of moment, which requires no previous thought and is just a reaction to the circumstances around us, and a “planned” courage, which sees the difficulty ahead and steadfastly marches towards it. Jesus had this kind of courage; He could see the cross in the horizon, but still set His face like a flint.  He never blinked or hesitated – He just marched to the Cross!


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