EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR
by: pastor paul rika, international director of HOREMOW
EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA, INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide (HOREMOW)
SUNDAY AUGUST 20, 2023
TEXT: ISAIAH 53:1-12
Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Key verse: Isaiah 50:6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
Talking of the life and ministry of Jesus, our text says, He was despised and rejected, acquainted with grief concerning His life. Human beings hid their faces from Him. He was never honored by men of authority in His life. Great man indeed, when Jesus came into the world, yet the world did not recognize Him. You could imagine people constantly picking up stones to throw at Him; you could imagine people spitting on his face; you could imagine human being mocking such a great personality. You can see this concerning His life, and surely concerning His ministry.
He hath borne our grief he was doing something for us, he was working for us, doing something for our good, doing something for your interest, doing something for your benefit, doing something for your present and future salvation, doing something for our eternal life. That was His ministry and in it was not easy. It was a grievous service, full of pains. There were sorrows in His face, not for Himself, but for us. Full of sorrows, yea surely, He hath borne our grief, He hath carried our sorrows, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, He received pains, grieves for our own peace, He was wounded for our own ministry.
I am describing the cross in the life and ministry of Jesus. He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities and stricken for our sicknesses. Note that there was no sin in Him because God Himself said, He is righteous servant.” This is the life of a Christian and you must understand it so. When it gets to your turn, you cannot challenge God and say, “Why me?”
Thought for the day: If Jesus did not escape pain, you should expect it too.
Song for the day: I must go with Jesus everywhere, no matter the toughness…
Bible reading for the day: Psalm 116-118; 1 Corinthians 2
PASTOR PAUL RIKA