6 I offered my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;
I did not hide my face
from mocking and spitting.
7 Because the Sovereign Lord helps me,
I will not be disgraced.
Therefore have I set my face like flint,
and I know I will not be put to shame.
The Servant has been told that hardship is coming, gross and inhumane hardship. (Mark 15:16-20) He is also told ahead of time that all of this will happen in a courtroom, the last place where the Servant or anyone for that matter, should have to experience this kind of humiliation. (Mark 15:3) Yet, someone, somewhere believes that they are doing the “right” thing. With the knowledge that he will stand before a higher court and be vindicated, the Servant endures the shame. Jesus once said, that we love darkness rather than the light. (John 3:19) Darkness is descending but we can still choose to love the light; it’s not too late. (Mark 15:39) (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Pray for the children of Cambodia and those who work with them.