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ISAIAH 49

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“I will feed your enemies with their own flesh. They will be drunk with rivers of their own blood. All the world will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior and Redeemer, the Mighty One of Israel.”

NOTE:
GOD WILL ALWAYS FULFILL HIS COVENANT WITH HIS PEOPLE. We need to continually pray for the peace of Israel, and pray that the Blood of Christ will bind the enemies of Israel.

ISAIAH 50 – ENTIRE CHAPTER IS EXCELLENT
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The LORD asks, "Did I sell you as slaves to my creditors? Is that why you are not here? Is your mother gone because I divorced her and sent her away? NO, YOU WENT AWAY AS CAPTIVES BECAUSE OF YOUR SINS. AND YOUR MOTHER, TOO, WAS TAKEN BECAUSE OF YOUR SINS.
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Was I too weak to save you? Is that why the house is silent and empty when I come home? Is it because I have no power to rescue? No, that is not the reason! For I can speak to the sea and make it dry! I can turn rivers into deserts covered with dying fish.
3
I am the one who sends darkness out across the skies, bringing it to a state of mourning."

The LORD’s Obedient Servant
4
The Sovereign LORD has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know what to say to all these weary ones. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.
5
The Sovereign LORD has spoken to me, and I have listened. I do not rebel or turn away.
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I give my back to those who beat me and my cheeks to those who pull out my beard. I do not hide from shame, for they mock me and spit in my face.
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Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be dismayed. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will triumph.

FIRST NOTE:
Note Isaiah’s personal response of faith, trust, and obedience. He obeys while the general population of Israel was not obeying. He even says that because “the Sovereign LORD helps me… I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will triumph.”

SECOND NOTE:
Isaiah here is a type of Christ. Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of this passage. As well, note BELOW Christ is the complete fulfillment of verse 6:

Matthew 26
64
Jesus replied, "Yes, it is as you say. And in the future you will see me, the Son of Man, sitting at God's right hand in the place of power and coming back on the clouds of heaven."
65
Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror, shouting, "Blasphemy! Why do we need other witnesses? You have all heard his blasphemy.
66
What is your verdict?"
"Guilty!" they shouted. "He must die!"
67
THEN THEY SPIT IN JESUS' FACE AND HIT HIM WITH THEIR FISTS. AND SOME SLAPPED HIM,
68
SAYING, "PROPHESY TO US, YOU MESSIAH! WHO HIT YOU THAT TIME?"

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He who gives me justice is near. Who will dare to oppose me now? Where are my enemies? Let them appear!
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See, the Sovereign LORD is on my side! Who will declare me guilty? All my enemies will be destroyed like old clothes that have been eaten by moths!
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WHO AMONG YOU FEARS THE LORD AND OBEYS HIS SERVANT? IF YOU ARE WALKING IN DARKNESS, WITHOUT A RAY OF LIGHT, TRUST IN THE LORD AND RELY ON YOUR GOD.
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BUT WATCH OUT, YOU WHO LIVE IN YOUR OWN LIGHT AND WARM YOURSELVES BY YOUR OWN FIRES. THIS IS THE REWARD YOU WILL RECEIVE FROM ME: YOU WILL SOON LIE DOWN IN GREAT TORMENT.

NOTE:
These verses make me think of what the Lord Jesus said:

Matthew 8
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Another of his disciples said, "Lord, first let me return home and bury my father."
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But Jesus told him, "Follow me now! Let those who are spiritually dead care for their own dead."

NOTE:

Do I really follow the Lord like this? Do I really leave those who are spiritually dead behind (who continue to have no interest in the Lord Jesus) and forsake all to follow Jesus?

In reality, I do not. PLEASE PRAY… that I—and we—will do this.

If we do, this is God’s promise for us.

Isaiah 54 (Amplified)
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But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong.

this [peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition]

is the heritage of the servants of the lord
[THOSE IN WHOM THE IDEAL SERVANT OF THE LORD IS REPRODUCED];

this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord.

NOTE: “Those in whom the Ideal Servant of the Lord—Jesus—is REPRODUCED!

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