Isaiah 50:8
The One who vindicates Me is near. Who will dare to contend with Me? Let us confront each other! Who has a case against Me? Let him approach Me!
The Justifier's ProtectionR. Tuck Isaiah 50:8
The Servant's TriumphAlexander MaclarenIsaiah 50:8
Jehovah and His ServantE. Johnson Isaiah 50:4-9
A Word in Season to the WearyE. Johnson, M.A.Isaiah 50:4-11
A Word to the WearyJ. Parker, D.D.Isaiah 50:4-11
A Word to the WearyE. Mellor, D. D.Isaiah 50:4-11
A Word to the WearyJ. Hamilton, D.D.Isaiah 50:4-11
Christ Speaking a Word in Season to the WearyJ. Matheson.Isaiah 50:4-11
God's Day SchoolH. C. Leonard, M.A.Isaiah 50:4-11
God's Voice Heard in StillnessIsaiah 50:4-11
Morning Communion with GodIsaiah 50:4-11
Noble Gifts for Lowly UsesW. Baxendale.Isaiah 50:4-11
The Gift of ConsolationF. Delitzsch, D.D.Isaiah 50:4-11
The Inspiration of Noble IdeasC. S. Robinson, D.D.Isaiah 50:4-11
The Lord's Servant Made Perfect Through SufferingsProf. J. Skinner, D.D.Isaiah 50:4-11
The Messiah an Instructed TeacherR. Macculloch.Isaiah 50:4-11
The Ministry of PreachingR, Roberts.Isaiah 50:4-11
The Tongue of the LearnedC. Ross M. A.Isaiah 50:4-11
The WearyF. B. Meyer, B.A.Isaiah 50:4-11
The Weary World and the Refreshing MinistryHomilistIsaiah 50:4-11
WearinessE. Mellor, D. D.Isaiah 50:4-11
Weary SoulsW.Birch.Isaiah 50:4-11
Words in Season for the WearyF. B. Meyer, B.A.Isaiah 50:4-11
Words to the WearyE. Mellor, D. D.Isaiah 50:4-11
Signs of Faithful ServiceW. Clarkson Isaiah 50:5-10
Courage in DangerR. Macculloch.Isaiah 50:7-9
Fixed Determination: Joan of ArcJ. R. Green.Isaiah 50:7-9
I Set My Face Like a FlintStier, Michaelis.Isaiah 50:7-9
Messiah Neither Ashamed nor Put to ShameProf. J. Skinner, D.D.Isaiah 50:7-9
Messiah the Courageous ChampionIsaiah 50:7-9
Temptation to Shame in ReligionE. B. Puscy, D. D.Isaiah 50:7-9
The Redeemer's Face Set Like a FlintIsaiah 50:7-9
The Strong WillArchbishop Benson, D.D.Isaiah 50:7-9
Jehovah the JustifierProf. J. Skinner, D. D.Isaiah 50:8-9
Messiah's JustificationR. Macculloch.Isaiah 50:8-9
The Enemies of Christ as a Moth-Eaten GarmentF. Delitzsch, D.D.Isaiah 50:8-9
To JustifyA. B. Davidson, D.D.Isaiah 50:8-9
Near is he that justifieth me. Reference is to the Servant of Jehovah, whom we identify as the Messiah. The associations of our Lord's trial and death may suggest that he was a malefactor. God allows no such impression to remain. He justifies him, by raising him from the dead and granting him full acceptance. He declares him to have been innocent and righteous. The security of those who have a standing in Christ lies in the plea made for them by their Justifier (see Romans 8:33, 34). (For the earlier form of appeal to God as Justifier, see Job and David: Job 27:5; Psalm 28:20, etc.) Compare the expressions, "It is God that justifieth;" "Raised again for our justification;" "Justified in the Spirit." "The Father justified him when he accepted the satisfaction he made for the sin of man, and constituted him 'the Lord our Righteousness,' who was made sin for us." It is not, however, the doctrine of justification which is first suggested by the text. Its reference is to the confidence which a wronged, slandered, persecuted 'good man may have, that God will stand by him, and in due time justify him, bringing forth his righteousness as the light. Our Lord and his servants may say, with misrepresented Job, "I know that" God, my Goel, "my Redeemer, liveth."

I. GOD JUSTIFIES BY GIVING THE INWARD WITNESS OF HIS ACCEPTANCE. It is plain that he gave such witness to Christ in his last hours. Even in the dreadful sense of "being forsaken," our Lord could say, "My God, my God," add commit himself into the Father's hands. Before Pilate he held such confidence in God's approval that he could calmly reply to him, "Thou couldest have no power at all against me unless it were given thee from above." A divinely whispered "Fear not," from our Justifier, enables us to bear all things.

II. GOD JUSTIFIES BY THE LASTING IMPRESSION THE GOOD MAN PRODUCES. Illustrate from the exclamation of the centurion, "Truly this was the Son of God." A careful estimate of the inward struggles of Saul of Tarsus brings to view a deep feeling that the claims of Jesus of Nazareth possibly might be true. The good man only gains more power when his goodness is shown on a background of persecutions.

III. GOD JUSTIFIES BY THE FINAL RESULTS OF THE GOOD MAN'S WORK. The slandering and the suffering pass, but the work a man does, and the witness a man makes, abide. Men mistook the Christ. We know the results of his work, and they become the fullest justification of him. - R.T.

He is near that justifieth Me.
The consciousness of innocence is expressed (as often in the Book of Job) under the conception of a legal process.

(Prof. J. Skinner, D. D.)

is to show to be in the right, by giving Him victory in His cause. The time-long conflict of Israel and her religion with the nations and their idolatries is represented under the figure of a process or plea before God's tribunal. The triumph of the religion of Jehovah is Israel's "justification," or success in her plea.

(A. B. Davidson, D.D.)

By His resurrection from the dead and ascension to the right hand of God, with their joyful consequences, He was declared to be the true Messiah, and the Son of God with power (Acts 2:36).

(R. Macculloch.)

They fall into decay like a worn-out garment, and become the food of the moth, which they already carry within them — a figure of destroying power which works imperceptibly and slowly, yet all the more surely (Isaiah 51:8; Job 13:28; Hosea 5:12).

(F. Delitzsch, D.D.)

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