“5 The Lord Jehovah hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away backward. 6 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.” (Isa 50:5-6 ASV)
The prophets of God, like Isaiah, Jeremiah and Jesus opened their ears to God. They were not rebellious but followed the instructions of God, doing His Will. After Jesus came onto the earth his teachings spread and people all over the world could open their ears or shut them for those teachings and for the Words of God.
In which way do we want to hear the Word of God? Are we willing to accept His sayings as to be taken seriously? For example, when God says about Jesus that he is His only begotten beloved son, are we willing to accept that, or do we prefer to follow the false teachings that Jesus would be God having come down to have faked His temptation (because God can not be tempted) and to fake His death (because God can not die)?
The Lord Jesus was woken to learn of Jehovah, Jesus his God, morning by morning. Instruction comes from the Word of God that was followed by the Nazarene master teacher, who never claimed to be equal with God, but clearly told people he could do nothing without God Who is greater than him.
“ Ye heard how I said to you, I go away, and I come unto you. If ye loved me, ye would have rejoiced, because I go unto the Father: for the Father is greater than I.” (Joh 14:28 ASV)
“ Jesus saith to her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended unto the Father: but go unto my brethren, and say to them, I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and my God and your God.” (Joh 20:17 ASV)
We, who have Christ Jesus as our leader, should know that Jesus Christ is also under his heavenly Father. Jesus also prayed not to himself but to his God, Who is the God of Abraham and the God of Isaiah and of Israel. We too should listen to That head of Christ.
“ But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” (1Co 11:3 ASV)
“ And when all things have been subjected unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subjected to him that did subject all things unto him, that God may be all in all.” (1Co 15:28 ASV)
“ Thy commandments make me wiser than mine enemies; For they are ever with me.” (Ps 119:98 ASV)
“9 Behold, the Lord Jehovah will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? behold, all they shall wax old as a garment, the moth shall eat them up. 10 Who is among you that feareth Jehovah, that obeyeth the voice of his servant? he that walketh in darkness, and hath no light, let him trust in the name of Jehovah, and rely upon his God.” (Isa 50:9-10 ASV)
It might be that we are in difficult times, but we should not be afraid to come out of our hiding place. There are many different ways, with modern technology, to preach also in these days of isolation. Let us not forget that God is with those who have Jehovah as their only One True God and love Him.
“ Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isa 41:10 ASV)
With the strength of God we shall be able to open our mouth and tell about His wonderful works. We do know that our Vindicator is close by and that Jesus has paved the way to his heavenly Father on Whom we can rely.
“ Who is among you that feareth Jehovah, that obeyeth the voice of his servant? he that walketh in darkness, and hath no light, let him trust in the name of Jehovah, and rely upon his God.” (Isa 50:10 ASV)
We have Jesus who brought the light into the world. By his light, we may continue on the path of faith and looking at the work of his disciples we have enough examples to continue their work. Like those fishermen we too can, even when we were in the dark before, now can walk in the light.
“ The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.” (Isa 9:2 ASV)
“ wherein ye once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the powers of the air, of the spirit that now worketh in the sons of disobedience;” (Eph 2:2 ASV)
“ For ye were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord: walk as children of light” (Eph 5:8 ASV)
Let us therefore not be afraid to open the eyes of the outsiders so they can see the difference between dark and light, and choose light. In this world of good and bad we can show others what is good and how we all should strive to have good conquer evil. Hold not back to speak about the Gospel and how Jesus is the way to God, and not to himself. That Nazarene man has sent his disciples off to present his offer of sins forgiven. Later Jesus also called the apostle Paul to take further steps to bring the Good News, showing to the world of the gentiles there is now also a place for them in God’s family. We should, like the apostles did, also invite people around us into the company of those who begin real living by believing in that son of God. Paul persecuted the followers of Christ, but on a certain day, Jesus pulled him from his horse.
“15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. 16 But arise, and stand upon thy feet: for to this end have I appeared unto thee, to appoint thee a minister and a witness both of the things wherein thou hast seen me, and of the things wherein I will appear unto thee; 17 delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom I send thee, 18 to open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive remission of sins and an inheritance among them that are sanctified by faith in me.” (Ac 26:15-18 ASV)
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