Summary: A study of chapter 50 verses 1 through 11
Isaiah 50: 1 – 11
Don’t Blame Me
1 Thus says the LORD: “Where is the certificate of your mother’s divorce, whom I have put away? Or which of My creditors is it to whom I have sold you? For your iniquities you have sold yourselves, and for your transgressions your mother has been put away. 2 Why, when I came, was there no man? Why, when I called, was there none to answer? Is My hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? Indeed with My rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness; Their fish stink because there is no water, and die of thirst. 3 I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.” 4 “The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens my ear to hear as the learned. 5 The Lord GOD has opened My ear; And I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away. 6 I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting. 7 “For the Lord GOD will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed. 8 He is near who justifies Me; Who will contend with Me? Let us stand together.Who is My adversary? Let him come near Me. 9 Surely the Lord GOD will help Me; Who is he who will condemn Me? Indeed they will all grow old like a garment; The moth will eat them up. 10 “Who among you fears the LORD? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the LORD and rely upon his God. 11 Look, all you who kindle a fire, who encircle yourselves with sparks: Walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks you have kindled—This you shall have from My hand: You shall lie down in torment.
Is it me? I do not know about you and your life, maybe if you are a Pastor, you can relate to this condition I always go through. It never fails that when I focus on a certain chapter of the bible our Holy Master brings a live experience to me in what I am studying.
Please notice the title as ‘Don’t Blame Me.’ Off the top of your head who do you think Is the One Who Is Being Blamed. Well, if you are reading this and not just listening to this I have given you a hint by capitalizing some words. Yes, it represents our Great and Holy God.
Towards the end of our last chapter we see that the Israelites instead of understanding that all their hardships were a direct result of their sinful lives, they sulked about to the point of blaming God. Now I need to remind you and me that when we point our fingers at someone else’s faults we are pointing three fingers back at ourselves.
Oh yeah, I want to share how our Lord brought this lesson actively into my life 20 minutes before I got into this lesson. A guy called me and was crying how he is having a hard time even coping living. He informed me that he was away from God but has been actively trying to walk with God.
After listening a half hour to all his woes I asked if there might be something that he can point out as a reason for his gloom and depression. He pointed out that he had sex with a woman other than his fiancé. He felt guilty and told her what he had done. End of story, right? Not quite. You see he has been living with his fiancé for the last three years - so much for walking with the Lord.
Without beating him up too much I told him that he was doing what many people do. He is trying to make God his emergency God. He is doing his own things outside of any relationship with God, and now that it all has hit the fan, he is going through this ritual like he wants God to be actively in his life. This is not the truth. What he really wants is for God to fix this problem that he created.
No one can be totally walking with the Lord for we are all sinners. The bible tells us that there is no one good. All have turned away from our Creator. If we say we do not sin we call God a liar.