Words Of Truth
"That I might make thee know the
certainty of the words of truth..." (Proverbs
Of The Old Testament
Part 267 – The Bill Of
Divorcement Through Lying Down In Sorrow (Isaiah 50:1-11)
Click Here To Download The
caused the separation between Israel and God?
Israel, by their transgressions: “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” (Isaiah 50:1).
God asked them
where the evidence was that He had put them away. He referenced a bill of
divorcement (Deuteronomy 24:1-4).
referenced Deuteronomy 24:1-4, I should also note, such is not God’s Law any
longer (Matthew 19:3-9, Romans 7:1-3, and I Corinthians 7:10-11).
God did put away
Israel, not including Judah, for their sins (Jeremiah 3:1-8 and Ezekiel
23:1-49; cf. II Kings 18:9-12).
God did not sell
them to creditors (cf. II Kings 4:1).
is, their separation from God is their doing (Deuteronomy 32:18-29, II
Kings 17:13-18, Psalms 34:16, Proverbs 15:29, Proverbs
28:9, Isaiah 52:1-3, Isaiah 59:1-3, Jeremiah 5:23-25, John
9:31, and II John 1:9).
2. Was God capable
of saving them if they would have hearkened to His calls?
Yes: “(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” (Isaiah 50:2-3).
God tried to
reach them (II Chronicles 36:14-16 and Proverbs 1:24-31).
They didn’t hear
(Isaiah 65:12, Jeremiah 7:13-16, and Zechariah 7:11-13).
He questioned if
they believed He could not save them (Isaiah 31:1).
He stated the
evidence of His power in reminding them what He did to the sea, etc. (Exodus
7:21 and Exodus 14:10-31).
He could cause
darkness in the skies (Exodus 10:21-22 and Joel 2:1-2).
3. Was God
ever directly instrumental in someone knowing how to speak aright?
Yes: “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”
23:2, Job 32:8,
Jeremiah 1:9, Matthew 10:16-20, John 16:13, I
Corinthians 2:9-13, I Corinthians 14:37, Galatians 1:10-12, II
Timothy 3:15-17, and II Peter 1:20-21.
The “me” here
could be Isaiah, Jesus, or I don’t know. Verse 5 makes it hard to
conclude we’re talking about Jesus (more to come on that thought).
4. When the
Lord opened up the ear of the one discussed in this chapter, was there any
choice in that individual adhering to the words God spoke?
Yes, there was free-will: “The Lord GOD hath opened mine
ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back” (Isaiah 50:5).
The opening of
the ear is a choice (Isaiah 48:8 and Matthew 13:15).
for this being Jesus is that Jesus always did the Father’s will (John 8:29).
At the same time, the argument could be made that it is Jesus in light of other
Scriptures (John 14:30-31, Philippians 2:8, Hebrew 5:8-9,
and Hebrews 10:5-7).
this could be Jesus because of the reference of “His servant” in verse 10 that
could tie to Isaiah 42:1-7.
Israel had a
history of being rebellious (Deuteronomy 9:7, Deuteronomy 9:24, Deuteronomy
31:27, Psalms 78:5-8, Isaiah 30:1, Isaiah 65:2, Jeremiah
5:23, and Ezekiel 2:5-8).
will not be like Israel. He will hear and do (Luke 6:46-49, Luke
11:28, Romans 2:13, and James 1:21-25).
might be Isaiah or another, but could also be Jesus (John 6:38).
5. What did
the individual in this chapter do concerning the smiters?
He submitted to persecution: “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” (Isaiah 50:6).
could apply to Jesus (Isaiah 53:4, Matthew 26:67, Mark 15:19,
Luke 18:32-33, John 18:20-22, and Hebrews 12:1-3).
could fit this easily too (Psalms 143:1-6, Jeremiah 18:18, Jeremiah
20:7-11, Ezekiel 1:1-3:18, Hosea 1:1-2, Amos 5:10,
In fact, any
disciple of the Lord should have the mindset displayed in this Scripture (Matthew
5:10-12, Acts 14:22, and II Timothy 2:8-12).
6. Why did
the individual discussed in this chapter stand fearless?
He knew God was with him: “(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. (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. (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” (Isaiah 50:7-9).
easily be Jesus (John 8:28-29 and John 16:32).
things apply to all of the faithful (Deuteronomy 31:1-9, I Chronicles
28:20, Psalms 37:25-28, Romans 8:28-39, and Hebrews 13:5-6).
those who feared God trust in Him as their light or would they seek out their
own source of light?
They would trust in Him as a light rather than any other
source of their own: “(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” (Isaiah 50:10-11).
Fear God and
obedience are directly tied together (Deuteronomy 5:29, Deuteronomy
6:2, Deuteronomy 13:4, I Samuel 12:14, Psalms 111:10, Proverbs
1:7, Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, Acts 10:35, Acts 13:26,
and Hebrews 12:28).
Fear alone is
not the motivator. Love must also be there (Exodus 20:6, Deuteronomy
7:9, Joshua 22:5, John 14:15-21, and I John 5:2-3).
darkness (Ecclesiastes 2:14 and I John 2:11).
The tie of the
light guiding out of darkness (John 12:35-36 and John 12:46).
God is the light
(I John 1:5-6).
Come out of the
darkness (Colossians 1:12-13 and Ephesians 5:11).
Stay upon God (Psalms
they could be their own source of light (Romans 10:1-3), which was
stupid (Isaiah 30:15-16 and Jeremiah 17:5).
Index Of Old
© 2014 Feel free to use the material
on this website, but nothing is to be used for sale! – Brian A. Yeager