First Reading: Isaiah 50:5-9

The Fortitude of a True Prophet

5 The Lord YHWH has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away backward. 6 I gave my back to the strikers, and my cheeks to those who plucked off the hair; I didn't hide my face from shame and spitting. 7 For the Lord YHWH will help me; therefore I have not been confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be disappointed. 8 He is near who justifies me; who will bring charges against me? Let us stand up together: who is my adversary? Let him come near to me. 9 Behold, the Lord YHWH will help me; who is he who shall condemn me? Behold, all they shall wax old as a garment, the moth shall eat them up.

World English Bible

The prophet complained to God and the people over his role. While Isaiah proclaimed judgment over the people for their religious self-delusion, stubbornness, and corrupt moral life, he cried out with a weary heart. He has preached so hard and so long. But to what end?

But Isaiah will not give up. He will stand and make his voice heard. No matter the cost. No matter how others may treat him. Prophecy was a calling from God, not a popularity contest

The call from God will outlast the rejection of the people and the taunts from the angry mob. The words of God's prophet would last because they truly came from God. The spirit of the prophet would far outlast both the prophet and the people, for the Spirit came from God.

How have you acted as a prophet? Which of your words or acts have outlasted the moment and have had a lasting impact on yourself and others? Were these words or acts from God? Explain.