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February 29, 2012, 12:21 PM

The Third Servant Song.


We are moving rather quickly to the 3rd Servant Song for Sunday's sermon, and you will notice that the theme of suffering and shame is coming into view now.  In the first two songs, this wasn't very prominent.  But, with Isaiah 50, and especially the 4th Servan Song in chapters 52-53, the atonement is clearly on display.

What I want to contemplate this Sunday is the unbelievable concept that God would suffer shame and reproach to redeem and reclaim us!  How could this be?  This is why, I suspect, that so many in other religions look at Christianity as strange and far-fetched.  Certainly, if there was a God, he wouldn't do it -- save the world -- THAT way!

Perhaps I will get to blog a couple of more times before Sunday to give you a heads up on what's coming.  We shall see.  In the meantime, consider the text for this upcoming sermon:   

Isaiah 50:4-9 (NIV) 4 The Sovereign LORD has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.  5The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away.  6I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.  7Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.  8He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me? Let us face each other! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me!  9It is the Sovereign LORD who helps me. Who will condemn me? They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up.

 


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