From “Discipleship and Discipline”, by Minister William H. Hicks, copywright March, 2005:
Isaiah also addresses this characteristic of a disciple when he prophesies about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: “The Lord God has given Me the tongue of disciples, that I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple. The Lord God has opened My ear; And I was not disobedient, nor did I turn back. I gave My back to those who strike Me, and My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting. For the Lord God helps Me. Therefore, I am not disgraced. Isaiah 50: 4 – 7. The prophesied Messiah puts this principle into action: Therefore, I have set My face like flint, (Luke 9: 51) and I know that I shall not be ashamed.” It is clear here that dedication to task has its risks! But, it is also clear that a disciple understands this and keeps his mind, eye and ear on the task at hand. Finally, it is clear also that a disciple of Christ is not without support.
The Lord Jesus identified His task in part in Matthew 5: 17, saying, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill.” A disciple also has priorities. He is able to put first things first. Our Lord knows what a struggle this can be, because He experienced it firsthand. He says, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” Matthew 26: 39. And I was not disobedient, nor did I turn back.”