Introduction: Part 2 of Let’s Go! Last week,…Deeper, today, Wider!
(taken from https://www.gotquestions.org/Servant-Songs.html)
There are four “Servant Songs” of Isaiah that describe the service, suffering, and exaltation of the Servant of the Lord, the Messiah. All four songs show the Messiah to be God’s meek and gentle Servant. He is a royal figure, representing Israel in its ideal form; He is the high priest, atoning for the sins of the world. Isaiah predicts that this Servant of the Lord would deliver the world from the prison of sin. In the royal terminology of the ancient Near East, a servant was a “trusted envoy,” a “confidential representative,” or “one who is chosen.” The Servant Songs are found in Isaiah 42:1–9; Isaiah 49:1–13; Isaiah 50:4–11; and Isaiah 52:13—53:12.
Isaiah initially identifies God’s servant as Israel (41:8; 44:1–2), who serves as God’s witness (43:10) and as a light to the Gentiles. Yet Israel could not fulfill this mission: Israel was deaf, blind (42:19), and in need of God’s forgiveness (44:21–22). Israel failed again and again.
In Acts 3:13 Peter calls Jesus the “servant” of God. That verse says, in part, “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus.” Peter’s description of Jesus as a “servant” is accurate for at least four reasons:
1) Jesus always did the will of the Father (John 4:34; 6:38).
2) Jesus never sought to please Himself but always to please the Father (John 5:30).
3) Jesus finished the work that God had sent Him to do (John 17:4).
4) Jesus came to glorify the Father (John 13:31; 17:4).
Transition: So, Isaiah 52 and 53 are descriptions of a ‘suffering servant.’ A prophetic word about not only Israel’s suffering, but we believe about Jesus too.
Transition: Isaiah 54-66 now step into the blessings/promises/vindication that will come by the servant.
- The Suffering Servant has paid the price.
2. Now to the benefit of his progeny, is a description of opportunity!
3. This section of poem speaks of the servants ‘offspring’ (53:10), it is Zion who actually gives birth to this righteous people (54:3), who are ‘taught by the Lord’ (54:13) as was the servant (8:16). The servant was to be ‘exalted, lifted up, very high’.
The theme moves from difficulty/suffering to vindication and blessing.
Transition: In chapter 54 there is a ‘heavenly council scene’ type setting.
The charge went forth to ‘speak tenderly to Jerusalem.’
- In 51:3, Zion has been promised comfort.
- Sons and daughters were to return to her (49:22).
- And the final epilogue of 52:7-12, are words of comfort and restitution.
- God not only returns to Zion but also takes her as his wife (54:5).
- The new generation set free by the servants death, here take possession of the promised Land.
- Because…’this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from me, say the Lord’ (54:17).
Transition: What are they told to do?
- Enlarge the size / site of / place of your dwelling/tents.
Capacity – Widen what you already have/posses/desire.
2. Let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out.
3. Do not hold back
Faith / Belief
4. Lengthen your cords
Dream / Claim / Pursue
5. Strengthen your stakes.
Re-establish / Re-strengthen / Confirm / Hold-fast
Conclusion: I encouraged you last week, lets go deeper; this week it’s lets go wider!
Because of Jesus who suffered, we are now children of His and can not only go deeper but wider/broader.
The price has been paid, Let’s Go wider!