Isa 42:1 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.
Isa 42:2 He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street;
Isa 42:3 a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.
Isa 42:4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law.
- Word is the same word translated “slave” in your old testament.
- Mission to the nations through a servant is a common theme in OT (Joseph, Daniel, Naaman’s slave girl)
- Not “upstream influence,” not mission allied with power
- In all three examples – exile, dislocation, loss of rights, being subsumed into a new and pagan culture, yet persistent witness, integrity, service.
- Who is the servant in these verses: if Israel – God is sending them to Babylon as an anointed witness. Dispersion as deployment!
- More than Israel because “will bear the iniquity of Israel” and NT shows us Jesus.
- Jesus “did not come to be served but to serve…”
- Yombe Proverb (DRC), “No serious person makes himself the leader of others.”
- Incarnation: limits himself to human flesh, born in a manger not a palace.
- Washing feet – the lowest of slaves
- 30 pieces of silver – sold for a slave’s price, dies the death of a slave
- Paul, 1Co 9:19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant (slave) to all, that I might win more of them.
- “A slave was an outsider who brought no rights with him from the society he came from, and had no claims on the society which maintained him.” Wiedemann.
- What does it mean for us to enter a new culture as the servants/slaves of that community. What are you here to do? “I’m here to serve you…”
- And how does this verse help us?
- Isa 42:1 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.
- “my chosen” – easy to feel insignificant
- “in whom my soul delights” – easy to feel downtrodden, undelighted-in.
- “I have put my Spirit upon him.”