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Isaiah 50:4a

2016 Frieda P. Smith

 In Isaiah 50:4a, the Word of the Lord reads, “The Lord has given Me the tongue of the learned.”

Of note here is that in the context of this verse, the Hebrew word for “learned” literally means, “disciple.”  Therefore, this verse can be translated, “The Lord has given Me the tongue of the disciple.”

A disciple is a follower.  A follower doesn’t go off on his or her own.  A disciple follows the person who is leading them.

Jesus’ disciples followed Him.  After His resurrection, Jesus told His disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit.

They went and waited, because real disciples follow the instructions of their leader.

Preacher, God is our leader; we are His disciples.  Like Jesus, we have been given the “tongue of the disciple.”  When God spoke in Jesus’ ear, He repeated what God said (Isaiah 50:4b-5).

Likewise, when God speaks in our ears, we are to repeat what God said, whether we personally like it or not!

My friends, there are too many so-called messengers who are no longer God’s disciples.

They are not following what God says in His Word, and are not repeating what God is saying in their ears.

They are afraid to preach about sin, because preaching about sin will empty their pews! “I can’t say that!  Folks will leave my church!”

Televangelist refuse to preach against wickedness—the works of the flesh—because people will change the channel.

But I thank God for those of you who are still God’s disciples—who have the tongue of a disciple—and who will preach what the Bible says even if only your family shows up to hear you preach on Sunday morning.

Preach in season and out of season, and preach the  whole truth of the Bible and nothing but the truth, whether people  like it or not!

Preach, preacher!

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