Servant of God
Isaiah is continuing to show that God’s Servant is available to us today. Are you looking for a relationship with God?
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1. “The image of Israel as the wife of Jehovah is found often in the prophets (54:4-5; 62:1-5; Jeremiah 2:1-3; 3:1-11; Hosea 2; Ezekiel 16). Israel was ‘married to Jehovah when they accepted the covenant at Sinai (Exodus 19-20), but they violated that covenant by ‘playing the harlot’ and worshiping idols.” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary: Old Testament Prophets. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2002], 55)
“Though the sufferings of Judah were the necessary result of sin, no certificate of divorce or sale to creditors occurred because Zion’s separation from the Lord was only temporary.” (MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Bible Commentary. [Nashville, Thomas Nelson Inc., 2005], 821)
2-3. God asks why none of them answered him when he came and called them? This line of questioning lays the real blame at the feet of the people, for God was present (‘I came’) and God called, indicating at minimum a desire to have a relationship (or possibly he was calling them to repentance or for them to serve him).” (Smith, Gary V., The New American Commentary, Volume 15B, Isaiah 40-66. [Nashville, B & H Publishing Group, 2009], 376)
Jesus came “as a man, a humble man, and there was no reception of Him at all. Israel did not welcome Him at His birth; they didn’t receive Him when He began His ministry. They rejected and killed their Messiah.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume III. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 304) (Acts 2:22-24)
“God makes it very clear that because they rejected their Messiah, they have been set aside.” (McGee, 304)
“The Servant’s message to the Gentiles was one of home and blessing. He would deal with His people so that they, in turn, could bring God’s blessing to the Gentiles.” (Wiersbe, 55)
5. “The Servant’s will was also yielded to the Lord God. An ‘opened ear’ is one that hears and obeys the voice of the master.” (Wiersbe, 56)
6. “The reaction of the Servant is amazing, for he voluntarily allowed himself (‘I gave’) to suffer this degrading abuse.” (Smith, 382)
“The language clearly represents the willful submission of an innocent Servant of God to vile persecution.” (Smith, 383)
“The Servant remained obedient, though provoked to rebel by excessively vile treatment. Jesus fulfilled this prophecy by remaining submissive to the Father’s will (Matthew 26:67; 27:26, 30; Mark 14:65; 15:19; Luke 22:63; John 18:22).” (MacArthur, 822)
7. “So sure was the Servant of the Lord God’s help that He resolutely determined to remain unswayed by whatever hardship might await Him (cf. Ezekiel 3:8-9).” (MacArthur, 822)
8. “Why does this Servant have such confidence? He knows God intimately. He knows that God is the one who will vindicate him.” (Smith, 383)
9. “If God will declare him just (50:8), no one else can prove that he is guilty.” (Smith, 384)
“Keep in mind that when Jesus Christ was ministering here on earth, He had to live by faith even as we must today. He did not use His divine powers selfishly for Himself but trusted God and depended on the power of the Spirit.” (Wiersbe, 56)
10. “The Holy Spirit speaks a soothing and imploring word to trust and rest in God’s Servant.” (McGee, 305)
11. “Here is a call to the unconverted to believe and be saved, along with a warning that those who tried to escape moral, spiritual darkness by lighting their own fire (man-made religion, works righteousness) were to end up in eternal torment.” (MacArthur, 822)
“In obedience to the Lord, you may find yourself in the darkness, but do not panic, for He will bring you the light you need just at the right time.” (Wiersbe, 56)
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McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume III. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Bible Commentary. Nashville, Thomas Nelson Inc., 2005Smith, Gary V., The New American Commentary, Volume 15B, Isaiah 40-66. Nashville, B & H Publishing Group, 2009
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary: Old Testament Prophets. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2002