The Coming Servant (3): Isaiah 49, 50 (7)
Pray Psalm 118.1.
Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
Review Isaiah chapters 49, 50.
1. How do you understand the salvation God promises to bring to His people in these chapters? How much does it encompass?
2. What is the role of God’s Servant in securing this salvation for His people?
In these chapters Isaiah brings the comfort of the Lord to His people by pointing them beyond the work of Cyrus, His anointed one, to the greater deliverance and salvation which will come by His anointed Servant. God is bringing such a great salvation to His people that their old tribal boundaries will not be able to contain all the offspring who are to be born. Even the Gentiles will be included by the light and salvation of the Lord. The whole earth will rejoice in the salvation of the Lord when the Servant comes to accomplish it.
God is sending His Servant as a covenant to His people, to deliver them into His glorious salvation, and thereby to bring great glory to Himself. He has not forgotten His people, who are about to be carried away captive into Babylon, and He will never forsake them. Their suffering is a type of the suffering God’s Servant will endure as He accomplishes the redemption and deliverance God is preparing for His people.
The people of Isaiah’s day must put aside all their idols, repent of all their sins, submit to the Lord’s chastening under the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, wait on the Lord, and keep focused on the promised deliverance of the Lord, of which Cyrus will provide a type, and the suffering Servant will achieve the reality.
All who fear the Lord and trust in Him will find peace in His promised salvation, even though the fulfillment of that promise is yet many years in the future.
1. God wanted His people to find peace in the midst of suffering by clinging to the promise of a great future deliverance. Isn’t this what He also wants for us? Explain.
2. The people of Israel would have to suffer in Babylon before Cyrus would come to deliver them back to Jerusalem. The work of the coming Servant would be similar to this. In what ways?
3. What’s your primary takeaway from Isaiah 49 and 50?
“The Lord gives me a tongue, that I may know when I ought to speak.” And his words, “You are my God, depart not from me,” teach us to put all our trust in God, the Creator of all things, and to seek aid and salvation from him alone; and not to imagine, as other [people] do, that we can attain salvation by means of birth, or wealth, or power or wisdom. Justin Martyr (ca. 100-165 AD), Dialog with Trypho 102
Show me the greatness of Your salvation, Lord, and help me today to…
Pray Psalm 118.
Praise the Lord for His glorious salvation, gained by the sacrifice of Christ, Who has become the Cornerstone of His Church.
Sing to the Lord.
Psalm 118 (St. George’s Windsor: Come, Ye Thankful People, Come)
Thank the Lord, His love endures! All to whom His love is sure,
all who fear Him day by day, let them thanks and praise now say!
Out of my distress I cry; He will hear me from on high.
He will free me from all fear. What can man do to me here?
For the Lord stands next to me; He will give me victory!
Over all who hate my life I will triumph through the strife!
In His grace I refuge find; in His steadfast love so kind.
Trust not princes, trust not men – Christ shall be our haven then!
Praise the Lord, in whose great Name all His foes are brought to shame!
Though they swarmed on every side, in God’s Name He dashed their pride!
Like a fire His judgment goes to consume His ardent foes;
Though they pushed against Him hard, He was rescued by the Lord.
In the Savior we are strong! He is all our strength and song!
To His grace now raise your voice; in His righteousness rejoice!
For the Lord does valiantly; we shall live eternally.
Praise His works with all your breath, you whom He redeems from death.
All who know Christ’s righteousness His great Name now thank and bless!
Though His gate full righteous is, He our saving mercy is.
Cast aside and left alone, Christ is now our Cornerstone!
God has made His Son and Word our salvation: Praise the Lord!
Blessed are they who in His Name come and Jesus’ grace proclaim.
God His light upon us shines in the Savior’s sacrifice.
Praise and thanks to You, O Lord; we extol Your holy Word!
Thanks to You for You are good! Thanks to our great loving God!
T. M. Moore
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