2014-10-03 - The Servant of Isaiah 42
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.
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.
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."
We are to be gentle with the broken. We are to help our backslidden brothers
We will not fail in accomplishing his mission for us. Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. "
He will hold our hand. We are a light as he is a light.
His ministry is ours to help people see and free them from sin's shackles
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
All scripture references are from the KJV unless otherwise noted.