Isaiah Chapter 50


  • Isaiah 50:1 Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.

There was not a bit of use blaming God for their tribulation because they were removed from His protection by their own sins. They sold themselves into slavery. This is why all mankind need a savior. We are all under the bondage of sin until Christ comes to set us free. Sin is a bondage that cannot be broken any other way except by the power of Christ. When we choose willfully to sin after receiving Christ and refuse over and over to listen to the Holy Spirit's warning and correction, we go back under bondage to another master other than Christ. He came not just to forgive sins but to take them away and free us from the condemnation that came with our old sinful nature.

Israel being sold into bondage because of their sin sort of represents a backslider who has gotten back into his old sins that Christ once set him free from.

God desires all of us to return when we fall away and not be enslaved to sin any more. Here is an example: Lets say there is an area that is bad for quicksand, land slides or sink holes. People are warned not to build houses there or venture into the place at all because it is dangerous. However some start to ignore the warnings and go in anyway building houses in dangerous places. It would not be anyone's fault if their houses are ruined or someone is hurt except the ones who did not heed the warning. 

God sets forth laws and restrictions not for our misery but for our protection. It is not fear or hatred that causes those that know God's word to warn against things that will harm people, it is because they care and know that things God forbids will prevent disease, mental illness, confusion and will destroy whole societies. Of course some are motivated by fear and hate but a real child of God will warn out of love not hate. The enemy of our souls who we call Satan or the devil is out to steal, kill and destroy God's creation. We don't have to allow it. Its our choice. God had His word placed in a volume of a book so that we can read and understand for our own good.

We see God dealing with Israel the same way, imploring them to return to His care and protection. Iniquity and sin separate us from God. The blood of Jesus Christ has to cover those sins before we can commune with God and have fellowship with Him.

If we sin willfully, we need to repent as soon as we discover it and not let it grow and have dominion over us. Our only master should be our Lord not the bondage of sin.

  • Isaiah 50:2 Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? 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? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst .
  • 3 I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.

God reminds us that He has the power to save and deliver. He who made the heavens and who dries up the sea can also save and deliver from any and all sin and trouble. Nothing is impossible.

I think sometimes, our trouble is not in believing that God can do things, but in believing that He wants to do things on our behalf. Once a person is convinced that God wants to save, heal or deliver, it is easier to exercise faith at that point and receive salvation, healing or deliverance. I have run across those who want to receive Christ but somehow they cannot convince themselves that God wants anything else to do with them. They feel unworthy of His salvation. We need to remind that kind of person that He stayed on that cross for their salvation when He had the power to come down. He wants to save them more than they want to be saved.

  • Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
  • 5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.

We see here a wonderful picture of our Messiah who hears the voice of His Father and obeys without question. When Jesus came to earth, He spoke the will of the Father by the Holy Spirit at all times. When He healed or taught it was by the Holy Spirit. He did nothing for Himself but for the Father in Heaven. He never once sinned or rebelled against what He came to earth to do.

  • Isaiah 50:6 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.

Here is the prediction of the future trial before His crucifixion. He allowed the persecutors to do these things to Him. He could have called the angels to rescue Him at any time.

  • Isaiah 50:7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.

God gave Him strength to endure and to fulfill His calling to die for the sins of all mankind. He was the supreme sacrifice for all that would believe both Jew and Gentile, bond or free, man or woman, child or adult. He set His face and was determined to not fail in His purpose. He was not ashamed though many tried to shame Him. He is now at the Father's right hand.

  • Isaiah 50:8 He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.

God stood with His Son, Jesus Christ and justified and exalted Him in spite of His rejection by His own people. It doesn't matter what we may say about Christ or about anyone for that matter. It is what God thinks that matter.

  • Isaiah 50:9  Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.

The enemies of Jesus Christ or any believer will perish if they do not repent and get right with God. That is why the Jesus told His followers not to fear those that can only kill the body but cannot destroy the soul that is safe in the care of our heavenly Father. The enemies of Christ will perish. They will not inherit everlasting life but instead receive everlasting punishment. God is the one to reverence and fear. His word is the word to tremble at, not the voices of those in today's world. They will pass away and be no more. God's word abides forever.

  • Isaiah 50:10 Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.
  • 11 Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.

All enemies that accuse Christ and His followers of evil will receive the same.

Believers are encouraged here to trust in the Lord and obey His voice, which is, light those who do not will reap what they sow. He that troubles and persecutes a child of God will be troubled and persecuted himself. The saying, "He that lives by the sword shall die by the sword," is true. We reap what we sow. If we sow righteousness, we reap righteousness. The Lord didn't have the bible written for entertainment and poetry. It was written for our admonition and guidance. It was written for our learning and salvation.

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