The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he awakens morning after morning, he wakes up my ear to hear as the learned. The Lord GOD has opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. I gave my back to those who beat me, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
When one reads this, it could be confusing if it is not remembered that when Jesus came to this earth, he entered our world as a mere human baby and not as some alien super baby. Yes, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit but He was born a human who had to learn. Any depictions that anyone would try to show Him as creating doves out of clay and then giving them life is mere speculation. There is no biblical record of Jesus doing any miracles prior to His baptism and the receiving of the Holy Spirit when He came up out of the water. As a human He had to receive all that was necessary from the Father, through the Holy Ghost, to do His work.
Therefore, when the prophet Isaiah wrote that “The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned that I should know how to speak a word in season.” Isaiah was not speaking of himself but of the Messiah who was to come which becomes clear when we look at the rest of the passage above.
Our Lord did not rebel against any of the things that He would suffer for it was necessary that He do so to accomplish the redemption that was needed for humanity. He did not run away from His sufferings. To the contrary, He accepted them willingly. The Word said that He “gave His back to those who beat Him,” those who laid deep wounds on His back. He yielded to those who grabbed handfuls of hair and plucked it from His face, neither did he turn away when some spit in His face. He suffered shame from those who should have been defending Him.
He set His face like flint (rock) to go onward to His eventual victory over sin and death. He knew what lay ahead of Him but was not detoured in His determination to accomplish His mission.
One sometimes wonders why He would so love us that He would be willing to suffer and die for us in such a horrible way. That is something that we will have to ask when we see Him. The point is He did and that He did it for you and me. Our redemption came at the price of Christ’s suffering and death on the Cross. We must ever be thankful that Christ Jesus was willing to go to such extremes to redeem us. Thank you Jesus!!!