Isaiah 50:4-9a

Isaiah 50:4-9a

Our text today is one of the Servant Songs from the Book of Consolation, spoken to the people of Israel in exile in Babylon. It is a word of hope and encouragement to a people feeling defeated and abandoned by God. The task of the Servant is to “sustain the weary with a word.” Note how the Servant will sustain the weary: when picked on, insulted and spit upon, the Servant does not retaliate. Instead, the Servant’s face was set like flint in confidence that God would vindicate and sustain. The Servant issues a challenge to anyone or any event that might destroy hope and life. God will protect and vindicate.

In our times of exile and struggle, when we are wronged by someone or struggle, we are tempted either to doubt God’s presence or retaliate. Like the Servant, it is enough to throw ourselves into the arms of a loving God and know we will be sustained. The unshakable confidence of the Servant is our confidence and hope.

Gracious God, instill in us the spirit of the Servant, to live in strength and integrity, even when we are weary or tempted to get even. Amen.

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