Wednesday, 10th August 2022
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-6 To Humble
What do we look forward to? When God asks us to arise and awake, we tend to ask God to deal with all the problems in our lives first then we will follow. But today God is telling us to humble ourselves, stop focusing on our own but to focus on God. V1 ‘Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?’
V2 ‘For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.’ Jesus taught us to return like a child, like a tender plant out of the ground. We cannot see how the newly sprouting plant will grow into, and God also want us to humble ourselves, stop worrying about our future, where we will go, and what we will become. Instead, follow God without a doubt, not about the environment.
V3-4 ‘He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.’ The Book of Isaiah was written at the time when the Israelites were enslaved by Babylon, they were facing troubles and difficulties, and they could not see the future. A lot of time we also live like the slaves of this world, and we only see what’s in front of us. We are already saved by Jesus, and we can see God face to face, but there is still a price we need to pay for our sins.
V5 ‘But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.’ There are troubles in this world, God is merciful and also righteous. We must repent and return from our sins, there will be a price to pay, but when we turn to God, He will surely give us a way out. God never said that our lives will go smoothly every day, but He will rise up the environment for us to see our transgressions and to turn away from our sinful ways.
V6 ‘All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.’ We have walked astray; do not think we are walking on the right path. The Lord is our Shepherd, we need to Shepherd to walk on the right way, because we can never find the right path by ourselves. The Shepherd will strike and guide the sheep with his rod and staff, in order for them to come to the right path.
Section Two V7-9 To Deny Oneself
V7 ‘He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.’ We must believe that when we stop calculating about our loss and gain, we can then walk out of the land of slavery. All the hurt and pains we have been through will be taken away, we do not need to fight for ourselves, but let God vindicate.
V8 ‘He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people He was stricken.’ King Hezekiah was prideful, he showed off his treasures to the enemy, and at the end, his kingdom was destroyed. We should not boast, but to be humble, to find our low point in life and to glorify God.
V9 ‘And they made His grave with the wicked—But with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth.’ No matter how righteous the people may be, they are still in Babylon; no matter how wealthy, knowledgeable, or favourable they were in the past, when they were in Babylon, they were all slaves. It does not matter how much we have in this world, when we die, we will all return to dust, and there is nothing we can take away with us. So why not focus more on God, more on others, instead of ourselves?
Section Three V10-12 To Rise Up
V10 ‘Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.’ The world may have enslaved us, just like the Israelites in Babylon, but can we see that God has saved us? He has given us a way out that as we repent and return from our sinful way, He will forgive us and save us.
V11 ‘He shall see the labour of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities.’ We must believe that God will show us the abundance for us and our descendants; as we glorify God, our descendants will see God’s Hands at work, and everything we do will prosper. Let us humble ourselves more, deny ourselves more, and let God use us more.
V12 ‘Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.’ When we are willing to be rise up, God will save many people through us, and many people can see hope through us. Are we willing to see what God sees and feel what God feels? Stop blaming others and despising others, but learn from Jesus, to dine and share with the sinners. Who can see the embrace of Jehovah? Those who live under the Tree of Life, to humble, to deny oneself, and to be willing to rise up.
以赛亚书 53 – 谁能看见耶和华的膀臂