Monday, May 2, 2011

Lessons from the Perfect Servant

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. The Lord has opened My ear and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away. Isaiah 50:4-5

These verses, and those that follow, speak of our blessed Savior the Lord Jesus Christ as that perfect Servant! But verse 6 goes on to describe some of the suffering and shame at the hands of His enemies, and verse 7 shows the dedication and determination He had as He faced the cross: “He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51).

But they also give us insight into our Lord’s personal devotion to the Father. His Father awakened Him each morning opened His ear and taught Him as the dependent Man and Servant. What a wonderful way to start each day!

Christ opened the day by opening His ear to God’s voice. He was fed by the Word and led by the Word. What He spoke, He had first heard. “I speak to the world those things I have heard of Him,” (John 8:26). The effective witness is the one first knows how to hear!

Because the Lord Jesus gave His ear to the Father, it was not difficult for Him to give His back to the smiters or His face to the scorners. “The Lord will help me” (Isaiah 50:7)! This was His confidence, and He was not disappointed. He set His face like a flint. “I have finished the work which you gave Me to do” (John 17:4.

What this Perfect Servant teaches us is that the way to open every day is to open your ear to hear the voice of God!

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