Daily Devotion – October 22, 2018

Isaiah 49:1-6

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God. And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength. And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

 

The servant of Jehovah may seem to be the nation of Israel in the beginning of these verses, but only the Lord Jesus is truly described by the text. Israel is mentioned by name, but it is Christ, that fulfills the majority of the text. The restorations of Israel merge in these verses, first the return under Cyrus, then the future restoration when the Messiah sets up His Kingdom. Christ, referred to as the servant, calls on the people of the world to heed Him as He recounts His birth. God called Him not only to bring about the spiritual rebirth of Israel, but also to bring salvation to the Gentiles.

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