His Word: Isaiah 53:6-7

We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him. He was beaten, he was tortured, but he didn’t say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, he took it all in silence. Isaiah 53:6-7 (The Message)

Good morning! This week I want to invite you to meditate on this passage of Scripture with me from Isaiah 53. Particularly I want us to zoom in on that second line in verse 6. “We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.”

Let’s look at these verses in the NASB:

All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.
Each of us has turned to his (her) own way.

Each ish – man

has turned – panah – turned

his own way – derek – way, road, distance, journey, manner

These words bring to mind a lot of other verses in both the Old and New Testament. I encourage you this week to do a word search for this Hebrew word “derek”. Search out the word “way” in the New Testament as well. What does Scripture show us about turning to our own way? Where does OUR way lead us? Feel free to share in the comments on this post. The encouragement I would like to offer to everyone this morning as you meditate on this reality is this: God came after you! Yes, we have made a wrong turn. Some of us MANY wrong turns. Yes, we’ve all gone our own way – a way God never intended for us to go. But Jesus came after us. He didn’t let us keep going and he has provided in HIMSELF a new “way”. This very moment as you are reading these words proves that He hasn’t let you go.

Let’s see what Good News we can find by looking up this word – “derek” – or “way”. I’ll give you a hint, in the New Testament the Greek word for way is “hodos”.

Keep your eyes on The Groom!

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