Isaiah 50:1–11 (NKJV)

50:1 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.

This chapter is a call to His people by their Savior.  Many consider this a Messianic prophecy about the coming of Jesus.  In the first section, the Lord speaks of having put away His wife, and wailing of the condition of their house.  He then moves on to speak of how He will be treated, outlining the spitting, plucking out of His beard, and the beating which would be fulfilled at the arrest and trial of Jesus.  The Lord goes on to say how His enemies will not succeed ultimately, but they will die while He lives forever.  He sums up the chapter with an admonition to fear the Lord, for those who kindle a fire and hope to warm by it will lie down in torment without the Savior.  When you are tormented, when you are suffering the effects of your own sin, Jesus has a word in season for you.  Hear Him.  Warm by His fire and be whole!

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