Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 12 Scripture Selection: Isaiah 49-51
Food for Thought: Is. 49:1-7, 50:4-6
Isaiah’s writings must have seemed at the time the ramblings of a lunatic. But in hindsight, we see the fulfillment of prophecies of Jesus that the Lord had Isaiah speak into existence centuries earlier. And how assuring those prophecies are for us all!
Contrary to the Jews’ belief, people from all over the world—not just the chosen people of Israel—are called to Him (49:1). The Father says to Jesus, “‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth (49:6).’” He made room for us in His Kingdom!
And what a spectacular picture the Lord draws of the power of the “sharp sword” of the mouth of Jesus (49:2). Though we have seen some of the effects of it, there is much more to come, as the book of Revelation points out. Speaking of Jesus, it says, “… out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength (Rev. 1:16).” Revelation 19:15 describes the use of the sharp sword that goes out His mouth as He rules the nations in the events of the last days.
The readers of the day would have called Isaiah’s writing of 49:7 an odd dichotomy. The Redeemer, the Holy One, is despised by man and nations, yet kings and princes shall rise and worship Him Who is called Servant. Jesus Himself told His disciples in Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Yet since His birth and throughout the history of the Church, and even peeking into the future presented in the book of Revelation, He is worshiped by kings and princes and is called the King of kings and Lord of lords (I Tim. 6:15; Rev. 17:14).
Even with His most high position, the main priority of Jesus is the well-being of people. He has “a word in season to him who is weary (50:4),” saying, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light (Mat. 11:28-30).” And so full of love and willingness to do the Father’s will, He sacrificially endured the humiliation and abuse on His body for the benefit of all mankind (50:5, 6).
No wonder we call Him Lord! No wonder we love Him and live for Him! Our Redeemer, now seated on His throne, is worthy to be praised and adored now and for all eternity.
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