If you will, read this passage.
Read it from the frame of Yeshua, a young Jewish man, (yes, the young God Man) reading the scroll of Isaiah and seeing Himself.
4“The Lord God has given Me
The tongue of the learned,
That I should know how to speak
A word in season to him who is weary.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear
To hear as the learned.
5 The Lord God has opened My ear;
And I was not rebellious,
Nor did I turn away.
6 I gave My back to those who struck Me,
And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard;
I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.
7 “For the Lord God will help Me;
Therefore I will not be disgraced;
Therefore I have set My face like a flint,
And I know that I will not be ashamed.
8 He is near who justifies Me;
Who will contend with Me?
Let us stand together.
Who is My adversary?
Let him come near Me.
9 Surely the Lord God will help Me;
Who is he who will condemn Me?
Indeed they will all grow old like a garment;
The moth will eat them up.
How much humility would it take to read those words and know that you know that you know that it is you; that you are the One the GOD of the TEXT is describing and identifying?
Now read again verses 4 and 5 and see yourself hidden in Christ and speaking those words over yourself instead of the many negative, harmful self-deprecating things we say to ourselves. Yes, it slapped me tenderly in a much-needed way this lovely Saturday morning – one day before Palm Sunday. There’s much to take in . . .