Summary of passage: The Lord begins by asking His people where are the divorce papers? Whom has He sold His people to? God explains Israel was sold because of their sins and transgressions. When God came and called, no one was there and no one answered. God asks if He lacks the strength to rescue Israel. The answer: of course not because God can dry up the sea or rivers and control darkness and light.
The Lord has given His servant words to sustain the weary. The Lord awakens the servant every morning and the servant listens and does not rebel.
3) Because of their sins and transgressions. When God did come, no one answered. When God called, no one answered. I see this as Israel being so wrapped up in self-pity, thinking God abandoned them, that they missed Him when He called and knocked on their door.
4a) God has given Jesus wise words–just the right words to lift up the weary. God wakes Jesus every morning and wakens His ear to listen and learn. Jesus has not been rebellious nor drawn back (retreated) from God.
b) This verse is beautiful. I picture God whispering softly in Jesus’s ear–tender, kind, uplifting, fulfilling truths–every morning Jesus can share with others. This is what I want. I get up early in the morning when all is quiet and with little distractions and read His word, pray, and listen to what pops in my mind or inklings that lead me to ponder Him.
5) Luke 2:40-52 Jesus grew in wisdom (instructed tongue) and went to the Father’s House
Luke 4:14-21 Jesus preaches good news to the poor and releases the oppressed, prisoners, and blind
Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus beckons all who are weary to come to him and rest and learn from Him
Matthew 14:23; Mark 1:35 Jesus went in the morning to a solitary place to pray
John 12:49-50 Father commanded Jesus what to say and how
Conclusions: I tend to think of Jesus and God as separate beings which they are and they aren’t. Jesus was really God in a different form–part of God. This helped solidify that understanding by reading in John 12 that nothing Jesus said wasn’t from God. God is Jesus and Jesus is God.
I liked the imagery of how God incessantly beckons His people and they frequently ignore God and when He says, “Enough” then we are the ones who feel abandoned (typical, selfish humans). Imagine how God must feel being ignored and forgotten repeatedly by His people and then being blamed as the one who forgot. No wonder He demands to see the divorce papers!
I also liked how the words of Jesus and God were all planned out. God knew what He was going to say to man through Jesus and through His prophets. It’s yet another reminder of how God has everything in the universe pre-planned