Don’t Fear Shame and Disgrace


I am not sure about you, but I do not like to experience shame and disgrace. Dictionary.com defines shame as the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, ridiculous, etc., done by oneself or another. We can look all around and find examples of people experiencing that emotion. In our text today (Isaiah 54), God’s gives the message Do Not Fear Shame and Disgrace. How is this explained in Isaiah 54?

Isaiah 54

“Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame.
Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youth
and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
For your Maker is your husband—
the Lord Almighty is his name—
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
he is called the God of all the earth.
The Lord will call you back
as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—
a wife who married young,
only to be rejected,” says your God.
“For a brief moment I abandoned you,
but with deep compassion I will bring you back.
In a surge of anger
I hid my face from you for a moment,
but with everlasting kindness
I will have compassion on you,”
says the Lord your Redeemer.

Matthew Henry is quoted saying “after the prophet had foretold the sufferings of Christ, he foretels the flourishing of the church, which is a part of his glory, and that exaltation of him which was the reward of his humiliation: it was promised him that he should see his seed, and this chapter is an explication of that promise. it has a further and principal reference to the gospel church, into which the Gentiles were to be admitted. And the first words being understood by the apostle Paul of the New-Testament Jerusalem (Gal. 4:26) may serve as a key to the whole chapter and that which follows. It is here promised concerning the Christian church, I. That, though the beginnings of it were small, it should be greatly enlarged by the accession of many to it among the Gentiles, who had been wholly destitute of church privileges, Isa. 54:1-5. II. That though sometimes God might seem to withdraw from her, and suspend the tokens of his favour, he would return in mercy and would not return to contend with them any more, Isa. 54:6-10.

With all of that, God says, “Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.” How would the people not suffer shame or disgrace? For your Maker is your husband— the Lord Almighty is his name—the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.” Imagine the shame and disgrace Christ may have felt being betrayed by those whom He trusted the most. Imagine the shame and disgrace Christ may have felt when they striped him nearly bare hanging him on the cross and making him for supposedly being God. The believers are the manifestation of Christ reason not to feel shame and disgrace.

Like Christ, we have the privilege to suffer for the cause of Christ. Do Not Fear Shame and Disgrace while living for Christ as there is honor in suffering for Christ. Listen to what 1 Peter 2 says about the matter:

“19 For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

22 “He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”

Notice, it is not commendable to suffer for sins we commit; however, “it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God.” The contemporary version expresses the verse as God will bless you, even if others treat you unfairly for being loyal to him. Throughout all of this notion about being fearful of evil, danger or pain, the sole commonality is trusting in God. This same construct is here. If you are one who trusts in the Lord Jesus Christ, Do Not Fear Shame and Disgrace for all we go through for Him leads to blessings.

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