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Read Isaiah 50:4-9a



Read Isaiah 50:4-9a

50:4 The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens-- wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.

50:5 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward.

50:6 I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.

50:7 The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;

50:8 he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me.

50:9a It is the Lord GOD who helps me; who will declare me guilty?


In verse 4 the Hebrew is not totally clear - whether the writer has the "tongue of a teacher" or the "tongue of those who are taught".  

A good teacher needs to be teachable.  By listening to the Lord he learns enough to be able to "sustain the weary with a word."  

In all of this he learns to stand strong against his adversaries.


Lord help me to listen:
Verse 4 - "Morning by morning he wakens — wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught."

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