Day 4 Read: Isaiah 42:1-4
Behold my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my Spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
2 He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
3 a bruised reed he will not break,
and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged
till he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his law.
Reflect: In Isaiah’s time, a king’s personally selected servant stood in a position of great importance. What words describe the servant’s relationship to God? What words describe the servant’s character and mission? Which verses point directly to the coming of Jesus as the Savior for sinners?
Consider: “my servant”—The law of prophetic suggestion leads Isaiah from Cyrus to the far greater Deliverer, behind whom the former is lost sight of. The express quotation in Mt 12:18–20, and the description can apply to Messiah alone (Ps 40:6; with which compare Ex 21:6; Jn 6:38; Php 2:7). Israel, also, in its highest ideal, is called the “servant” of God (Is 49:3). But this ideal is realized only in the antitypical Israel, its representative-man and Head, Messiah (compare Mt 2:15, with Ho 11:1). “Servant” was the position assumed by the Son of God throughout His humiliation.4
Respond: Which of those descriptors of Jesus, the servant, speaks to you the most? Authority (v1)? Justice (v1)? Steadfast and unwavering (v2)? Patient and everlasting (v3)? Strength (v4)?
4 Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, vol. 1 (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997), 476.