Summary of passage: Jesus says he offered his back to those who beat him and his cheeks. He did not hide his face from the mocking and spitting because the Lord helps him. Jesus will not be disgraced nor shamed and will be set like a flint in his resolve to obey. The Lord will vindicate him. Because the Lord helps Jesus, let all who dare to accuse and condemn Jesus come forward. Let them dare for they will be eaten up by moths. Trust in the Lord and rely on God, fear and obey Him. All who light their own fire and walk in it will lie down in torment.
6a) Matthew 27:30-31 Romans struck Jesus again and again on the head; they spit and mocked him
Luke 9:51 Jesus went to Jerusalem, knowing He’d suffer. He set his face like flint, determined to obey
Romans 8:33-34; Acts 2:23 God justifies and vindicates; only God condemns. God allows Jesus to suffer, not man
John 12:49-50 Father commanded Jesus what to say and how
b) Personal Question. My answer: After we lost everything, we trusted in God’s provision and He has–that and more.
7a) Fear, obey, walk, trust, rely on God and you will be led to the light. If you light your own way and walk in your own light, you will lie down in torment.
b) Our world doesn’t consult God. It doesn’t fear, obey, walk, trust, or rely on God. Our world and the people in it listens to themselves.
c) Personal question. My answer: I’ve been lucky. Even when I strayed God was in the back of my mind. I was broken and consumed by my brokenness and had no regard for my life or God in it. Still, God protected me in my brokenness and brought me through to Him again.
Conclusions: Rely on God and His presence in your life. If you stay faithful to His word, God will vindicate you. Do not be tempted to follow your path and not God’s. For God is always there, whether we want Him to be or acknowledge Him or not.