October 9

 

October 9

 

Isaiah 41-42

The Exaltation of God’s Kingdom                  Isaiah 40-66, cont’d.

Isaiah 40-48      God is Sovereign over Those in His Kingdom, cont’d.

His Sovereignty is Seen in His Comparison to Idols     Isaiah 41:1-29

Isaiah 41:1-4-This verse is a reference to the fact that God is going to use Cyrus, king of Persia (558-529 B.C.), to liberate His people from their captivity to Babylon (cf. 44:28).  This is an amazing prophecy that was fulfilled 150 years later. The question that is asked is, "Who has the power to use kings and kingdoms in whatever manner He chooses to accomplish His purposes?"  The answer is that the LORD does (:4).

Isaiah 41:5-16-When most people see these coming events they will be fearful.  But God tells Israel to not be afraid...because they are His people and He is their God.

Isaiah 41:17-20-God promises to provide everything that Israel needs...and in such a way that they will know that He has done it.

Isaiah 41:21-24-God challenges the gods of the other nations to prove that they are gods by either explaining why the things that have taken place in the past happened (:22); by declaring what is going to take place in the future, as He has done (22-23); or, by doing something powerful that proves their existence, as He has done (:23).  But He says that they are actually nothing...they don't even exist.  And those who worship them are an abomination (:24).

Isaiah 41:25-29-God says that He will take His own challenge and declares that in the future (150 years later) He will raise up someone (Cyrus) from the "rising of the sun" (from the east) who will attack from the north.  He has declared this so that people will recognize that He is God (:26).

His Sovereignty is Seen in His Sending of His Servant Isaiah 42:1-25

Isaiah 42:1-4-According to Matthew 12:18-20, the Servant spoken of here is Jesus Christ. Notice the characteristics of the Servant…

  • (:1) He is the Servant of God, the Father…accomplishing His purpose and mission on earth to provide salvation.
  • (:1) God will “uphold” Him…giving Him everything that He needs
  • (:1) He is the “chosen one”…Jesus is the one and the only one that God has chosen to provide salvation…there are no others
  • (:1) God, the Father “delights” in Jesus…He will perfectly and completely do the Father’s will
  • (:1) Jesus was completely filled with the Holy Spirit…meaning that everything that He did was under the guidance and in the power of the Spirit
  • (:1) His ministry was not just to the Jews, but to all “nations” (Gentiles)
  • (:2) Jesus did not try to overwhelm people with a dominating personality…but was gentle and kind
  1. "He is not self-assertive: probably the three verbs here are cumulative, stressing his quiet, unaggressive demeanour, but shout ('shriek') could suggest that he is not out to startle, cry out ('raise his voice') not to dominate or shout others down, raise his voice ('make his voice heard') not out to advertise himself." (Motyer)
  2. "Think for a moment about the modesty of God. He is always at work: He guides the sun, the stars, and the universe. He controls every galaxy. He refreshes the earth constantly. But He works so quietly that many people now try to make out there is no God at all … That is the hallmark of reality in service. God's artists do not put their signatures to the pictures they create. His ambassadors do not run after the photographer all the time to get their pictures taken. It is enough that they have borne witness to the Lord." (Redpath)

David Guzik :: Study Guide for Isaiah 42,

https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/guzik_david/StudyGuide_Isa/Isa_42.cfm?a=721001

 

  • (:3) Instead of being harsh towards those who have failed and sinned…He will seek to redeem them
  1. "He is not dismissive of others: however useless or beyond repair (bruised reed), however 'past it' and near extinction (smouldering wick) they may seem. The negative statements imply their positive equivalents: he can mend the broken reed, fan into flame the smouldering wick. The former has been internally damaged, the latter lacks the external nourishment of oil. The Servant is competent both to cure and to supply." (Motyer)

David Guzik :: Study Guide for Isaiah 42,

https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/guzik_david/StudyGuide_Isa/Isa_42.cfm?a=721001

 

  • (:4) While Jesus was gentle, He was not weak.  He would absolutely accomplish His mission and nothing would stop Him.
  1. Fail is the same word as smoking in smoking flax He will not quench. Discouraged is the same word as bruised in a bruised reed He will not break. "So here is the Servant of the Lord … there are no bruises about Him; He is no mere smoking flax. He is well able to do the task of redemption because He is free from all the weaknesses and failures of His people. He has no flaws or blemishes - He is perfection and majestic strength." (Redpath)

David Guzik :: Study Guide for Isaiah 42,

https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/guzik_david/StudyGuide_Isa/Isa_42.cfm?a=721001

 

  • (:4) The ministry of Jesus will encompass the entire world…across all of the “earth” and the nations on foreign shores, “coastlands”, will anticipate it.Isaiah 42:10-13-God tells His people that they are to proclaim this message, this “song”, across all of the earth.Prayer: Father, let me see You.  Don’t let my eyes be blind and my heart be dull.  Help me to see You in all of Your glory.  Help me to see Your truth.  Help me to see Your hand at work.  Help me to see Your purpose.  It is easy to become so captivated by the things of life that I fail to see You.  It is easy to become so overwhelmed by struggles of life that I fail to look for You.  Please, Lord…let me see You at all times and in all things.
  • Isaiah 42:14-25-God says that He has waited long enough and is now going to act (:14-17).  God has spoken to His people and performed miracles for His people and yet, they never heard or saw them (:18-20).  He has spoken to His people through the Law...and yet, they have not obeyed it and are now in hiding from those who would conquer them (:21-22).  God says that the reason this has come about is because He allowed it to happen (:24-25) so that they would trust in Him...and yet, they have not done so, they "paid no attention" (:25).
  • Isaiah 42:5-9-God says that He will give this message to His people to proclaim.  Once again He declares that He, and He alone is God (:8).

 

 

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