Jesus, the Ultimate Example of Faith’s Results
“The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned,(E) that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary…(F) The Lord God has opened My ear…(G)I gave My back to those who struck Me, and(H) My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting. For (I)the Lord God will help Me;(J) therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore (K)I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.”
e-Ex.4:11>And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?
f- And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?>
g- Matt.26:39>And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Phil.2:8>And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Heb.10:5>Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
h-Matt.26:67>Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,
i-Lam.3:30>He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach. Mic.5:1>Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.
Matt.5:39>But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
j-Rom.8:31>What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
k-Ezek.3:8-9>Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
In our previous prophetic verses, we saw that the promised Servant of the Lord would undertake His Messianic mission through faith in His heavenly Father. “My God shall be My strength” (Isaiah 49:5). These verses depicted Jesus as the ultimate example of faith. Now, a corresponding prophetic passage reveals the blessed consequences of trusting in the Lord. Herein, we see Jesus as the ultimate example of faith’s results.
Once again, the prophetic parties are the Messiah and His heavenly Father. The confessions of Jesus (trusting in the Father) comprise the prophetic statements. “The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned.” Jesus was “discipled” day by day by the Father (certainly using, in part, His godly parents). “The Lord God has opened My ear.” This equipped Jesus to minister to burdened lives: “that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary.” In fact, people were amazed in general at the manner in which He spoke. “So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth” (Luke 4:22).
As Jesus would trust in the Father, He would also be prepared for the mounting difficulties that He would face. “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.” In approaching the cross, these prophecies of Jesus (and the enablement He found through depending upon the Father) were fulfilled. “Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands” (Matthew 26:67). Though He knew all of this awaited Him before He came to Jerusalem that last time, He put His faith in the Father. “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.” The Father helped Him. He marched on resolutely to keep His redemption appointment at the cross. “Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). These are the wonderful consequences of faith.
Father, Your Son, my Savior, was prepared, strengthened, sustained, and used through faith in You. I need to experience these same blessed results of faith in my life. Please build my faith, more and more, for Your glory and service, Amen.