1 This is what Yahveh says: “Where is your mother’s divorce document with which I divorced her? Or to which of my buyers did I sell you? Pay attention; you were sold because of your sins; because of your rebellious acts I divorced your mother. 2 Why does no one challenge me when I visit? Why does no one respond when I call on you? Is my hand really too weak to deliver you? Do I lack the power to rescue you? Watch; with a mere shout I can dry up the sea; I can turn streams into a desert, so the fish rot away and die from lack of water. 3 I can dress the skies in darkness, and cover them with black mourning clothes.” 4 The Lord Yahveh has given me the a teacher’s tongue, so that I may know how to help the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakes me up– wakes my ear to listen attentively like disciples do. 5 The Lord Yahveh opened my ear for me, so I did not rebel — I did not turn back.
Isaiah was not like some other “prophets” of his day. They considered themselves prophets because they said what people wanted them to say. The people wanted to complain about how God had arbitrarily divorced their mother, and sold them into slavery. But God had some other words he wanted to say. He looked for a prophet who would speak those words. Isaiah was willing to pay attention to what God wanted to say. God gave him a teacher’s tongue because he had opened his ear to the truth.
Today the LORD is looking for people who dare to pay attention to his words as well. If we take the time to regularly listen to what he has said in his word, the Bible, he will give us teacher’s tongues. We have no guarantee that our generation will listen to us. But we will know that those who do listen will find rescue and rest.
LORD, give us ears to listen to your words, and tongues to speak them.