[CF Devotionals] 2014-10-03 - The Servant of Isaiah 42

Part 2

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Next I want us to look at the Servant's Identity. Who is the servant?

The first servant was undoubtedly the nation of Israel. The Abrahamic covenant found in Genesis 22:18 says Israel will be source of blessing for all nations. 2 Samuel 7:23 echoes this sentiment saying, "And who is like Your people, like Israel, the one nation on the earth whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people, to make for Himself a name." Israel was to be a servant for God to bring glory to his name. They failed, time after time, to be the Servant that would heal the nations and bring glory to God. In chapter 42, verse 18 on down refer to them as a blind deaf failed servant. They themselves are imprisoned and in need of being freed. Israel was supposed to help bring the world to a knowledge of God, but it kept going astray and was more for the world than of God. Later, the prophet Ezekiel would say in Ezekiel 36:20, "When they came to the nations, wherever they went, they profaned My holy name." But God's will wouldn't be stopped by Israel's failures. He would send a new servant to fulfill his purpose

Jesus was that servant. Matthew 12:15-21 quotes this servant song and applies it to Jesus. Also we can notice the similarity to statement by God after Jesus' baptism recorded in Matthew 3:17 – "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Simeon's prophetic words in Luke 2:32 also emphasize Jesus' position as this servant when he called him "a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel." Jesus came as a servant according to Philippians 2:7, which says, "But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men."

"Jesus came to have an impact – not on reeds – but on people.
He did not come to break a person who was already broken.
Jesus did not come to knock down a person who was already bent low with the difficulties of life.
Jesus did not come to hurt you…
Unlike a reed, Jesus is able to bind up our broken lives.
He is able to give us new strength…
He is able to apply a healing salve to our damaged lives.
He did not come loud and obnoxious…
He came softly and gently to mend the broken reeds of the world.
The leper was a bruised reed…
The demon-possessed man was a bruised reed…
The woman caught in adultery was a bruised reed…
The woman with the flow of blood was a bruised reed…
Jesus is the answer for the bruised reeds in our world…
He is the answer for those who are bruised… broken… hurting… cast aside by society…
He is in the life-changing business.
Jesus didn't come to snuff out faint flickering flames.
He wants to fan them and feed them until they are burning bright once more.
He wants to give us more oil… in the form of His Holy Spirit….
He wants the light to come back burning brighter than ever!
He wants to bring revival for our soul." (ibid)

Lastly, we can see those of us who are believers in Christ and true followers of him as the servant of Isaiah 42. John 20:21-22 records, "So Jesus said to them again, 'Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.' And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit.'"

Let's read those verses again this time putting ourselves into them.

  1. "Behold! My Servant whom I uphold,
    My Elect One in whom My soul delights!
    I have put My Spirit upon Him;
    He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.

God holds us up. We are chosen by him. John 15:16 says, "You did not choose me, but I chose you." Look at John 20:22 also. Acts 1:8 says, "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

  1. He will not cry out, nor raise His voice,
    Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.
    We ought not yell at people on street corners.

  2. A bruised reed He will not break,
    And smoking flax He will not quench;
    He will bring forth justice for truth.

We are to be gentle with the broken. We are to help our backslidden brothers

  1. He will not fail nor be discouraged,
    Till He has established justice in the earth;
    And the coastlands shall wait for His law."

We will not fail in accomplishing his mission for us. Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. "

  1. Thus says God the LORD,
    Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
    Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it,
    Who gives breath to the people on it,
    And spirit to those who walk on it:

  2. "I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness,
    And will hold Your hand;
    I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people,
    As a light to the Gentiles,

He will hold our hand. We are a light as he is a light.

  1. To open blind eyes,
    To bring out prisoners from the prison,
    Those who sit in darkness from the prison house.

His ministry is ours to help people see and free them from sin's shackles

  1. I am the LORD, that is My name;
    And My glory I will not give to another
    , Nor My praise to carved images.
    The glory for all we do goes to God

If you are a reed, broken or nearly broken, let Jesus mend you. Seek his help in prayer. If you are a smoldering wick, ask Jesus to replenish the oil of the Holy Spirit, so you can burn brighter. Just as he is a servant we too are to be servants. Maybe you've never recognized your role as a servant, and you need to surrender everything to him today. Maybe you know a broken reed or a dying flame, and you need to pray for them. Let's pray together to our Lord.


Lord Jesus – thank you for coming as a humble servant. Thank you for the suffering you endured on my behalf at Calvary. You are my king and today I give this day to you. It is yours. Use it and use me to accomplish your purpose on this Earth today. Amen

IHFHBOH
Adam

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All scripture references are from the KJV unless otherwise noted.


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