The Berean Expositor
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before us. Israel must `hearken' and `awake' if they are to be saved, He, their Messiah
will `awake' and `hear' so that He may have a word in season for the weary: "The Lord
God hath given Me the tongue of the learned" (Isa. 50: 4). We must remove at once the
false idea created by the word `learned'. Today such a term connotes scholarship and
venerable learning, whereas the word here means, rather `discipleship'.  Isaiah has
already used a word that means `learned' it is yada sepher "to know a book" and occurs
in Isa. 29: 11, 12. Here in Isa. 50: 4 the Hebrew words used is limmud which is found
in the first instance in Isa. 8: 16 where it is translated `disciples'. All God's children
shall be taught (limmud) of the Lord (Isa. 54: 13) in the day of their restoration and so the
Messiah adds to the `awakening' and the `hearing' which must also characterize them,
this attitude of the `learned'.
This `tongue of the disciplined' is given to the Messiah that He may know how "to
speak a word in season to him that is weary". There is no word in the original for
`season' in this passage. The single Hebrew word uth means `to succour' and while the
recognition of this robs us of the lovely associations of `a word in season' it restores what
is more important, a connection with a passage in the N.T.
"For in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succour them that
are tempted" (Heb. 2: 18).
We have in other studies noted a close connection that exists both physically and
spiritually between the `tongue' and the `ear'. Many are dumb simply because they are
deaf. When the Lord would heal the man who was dumb He removed his deafness:
"And straightway his ears were opened and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he
spake plain" (Mark 7: 35).
It has been the experience of most faithful witnesses that the opened ear and the
opened mouth lead to the smitten back, the plucked hair, the shame and the spitting.
Blessed be God, our Saviour Whose heart was tender, set His face `like a flint'. He was
strong in the righteousness of His cause and said:
"He is near that justifieth Me" (Isa. 50: 8).
Adversaries must wax old as a garment, but He remains:
"Jesus Christ, the same, yesterday, and today and for ever."