Holy Week - Wednesday: Jaime Franco
Reflect on the passage selected for this Holy Wednesday from Isaiah 50:4-9a. Is there a word/phrase that catches your attention? Explore why this is.
By Jaime Franco
When I read the bible, I always consider that it contains 66 separate books. They are compiled into one Bible and each of these books was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Reading the Old Testament, I find it important to understand when in history it takes place. I found that some scholars believe Isiah was written after the return from exile in Babylon. Looking at Isaiah from a viewpoint that it happens after Babylon, I can see why many believe that the Book of Isaiah reveals the full dimensions of God's judgment and salvation.
In the Holy Wednesday reading Isaiah 50:4-9 - “The Lord God” appears 4 times. My thoughts are that Isaiah is telling us that God is helping him to be able to help himself, God does the same for each of us. God knows we are sinners, but he also knows we are his servants and that we stand together in our beliefs and convictions that he is the one and only true God.
When Isaiah states: “I have not been disgraced; therefore, I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near,” that tells me, no matter how hard someone tries to destroy me, my God is always with me.
On this Holy Wednesday, may your ears be opened, your face not hidden and everyday be filled with Gods love.
4 The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.
5 The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward.
6 I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.
7 The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
8 he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me.
9 It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty? All of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up.