May 13 – Isaiah

In April and May, we are reading through the book of the prophet Isaiah. Its major themes are judgment, comfort, and hope, applicable to Jerusalem then in the 8th century B.C. and to us now. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Isaiah 50

Israel’s Sin and the Servant’s Obedience

This is what the Lord says:
“Where is your mother’s certificate of divorce
    with which I sent her away?
Or to which of my creditors
    did I sell you?
Because of your sins you were sold;
    because of your transgressions your mother was sent away.
When I came, why was there no one?
    When I called, why was there no one to answer?
Was my arm too short to deliver you?
    Do I lack the strength to rescue you?
By a mere rebuke I dry up the sea,
    I turn rivers into a desert;
their fish rot for lack of water
    and die of thirst.
I clothe the heavens with darkness
    and make sackcloth its covering.”
The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,
    to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
    wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.
The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears;
    I have not been rebellious,
    I have not turned away.
I offered my back to those who beat me,
    my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;
I did not hide my face
    from mocking and spitting.
Because the Sovereign Lord helps me,
    I will not be disgraced.
Therefore have I set my face like flint,
    and I know I will not be put to shame.
He who vindicates me is near.
    Who then will bring charges against me?
    Let us face each other!
Who is my accuser?
    Let him confront me!
It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me.
    Who will condemn me?
They will all wear out like a garment;
    the moths will eat them up.
10 Who among you fears the Lord
    and obeys the word of his servant?
Let the one who walks in the dark,
    who has no light,
trust in the name of the Lord
    and rely on their God.
11 But now, all you who light fires
    and provide yourselves with flaming torches,
go, walk in the light of your fires
    and of the torches you have set ablaze.
This is what you shall receive from my hand:
    You will lie down in torment.

SOAP Note

Happy Mother’s Day! | Marianne Toovey

Scripture

Isaiah 50:6

Observation

The suffering servant is clearly Jesus. When we compare verse 6 here in Isaiah 50 with Matthew 27:28-30 which says:

“They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. They wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head, and they placed a reed stick in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before him and taunted, ‘Hail! King of the Jews!’ And they spit on him and grabbed his stick and struck him on the head with it.” (NLT)

There’s really no question who Isaiah’s talking about! But Jesus did it. He endured the greatest suffering mankind has ever known. He may have done it a tad reluctantly (Matt. 26:39), but he saw a need and met it because he loves us. More than anything.

Application

I would never go as far as comparing myself to Jesus, but motherhood is known for its parallels to his story. I will likely never undergo the abuse Jesus had to endure to ensure my daughter will one day get to be with me in heaven, but as a mom I do make small sacrifices everyday (sometimes reluctantly) to ensure she gets the best possible life here on earth. It’s often a thankless job, even an unnoticed job at times. It’s not always fun, and it’s certainly not easy. But it’s so worth it, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. The Bible says we’re made in God’s image – all of us, even mothers – so I shouldn’t be surprised that God made me for this role in my family. He too is a parent. He too is compassionate, a comforter, a listener. And even though the seemingly endless work I do sometimes goes unrecognized by the people living in my house, God’s always watching, and He’s proud of me!

Prayer

God, thank You for making me a mom. I don’t always feel like I’m doing it right and fear for my daughter’s future, but I know You’ve got my back. You can handle what I can’t. You can orchestrate everything to fit into Your will. I don’t need to fear, I need to trust. Give me the tools and resources I need to raise this awesome little girl up into the person You want her to be. I want to do right by her – and by You, too! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.

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