Isaiah 42:1-13  A Faithful Servant

He will not fail nor be discouraged, Till He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands shall wait for His law.” Isaiah 42:4

Waiting for His Law


My Servant; 42:1-9 The servant theme is an important one in Isaiah.  Here the servant in view is Messiah.  Verses 1-3 emphasize the gentleness of Messiah.  The “bruised reed” is a cracked shepherd’s flute, and the “smoldering wick” a carbon-clogged bit of flax, used in an olive oil lamp.  Each is worthless, fit only to discard.  But the worthless of this world are precious to Messiah, whose mission is revealed in Christ to be one of the redeeming the lost and worthless.  To free the captives God will make this servant a “covenant for the people.”

Praises to the Lord; 42:10-13.  The work of Messiah will bring the peoples of the earth a new song:  praise to the Lord.

42:4 law:  The servant will be more than another Moses.  He will mediate the New Covenant.

⇒  Our savior came as a servant and a slave.  He was executed as a criminal.  It’s not easy to identify ourselves with Him.  It can’t be done unless we give up pride and humble ourselves like He did.

And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave–just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  Matthew 20:27, 28


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