Suffering Servant Songs (Part Two)

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on April 17, 2011
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Isaiah 50

– Although Yahweh had the right to divorce Israel (Deuteronomy 24:1-4) and to sell her to the creditors (2Kings 4:1; Neh. 5:1-5; and Matthew 18:25), He did not. They and the generation before them were “sold” because of their own sin.

– The separation of Israel can in no wise be attributed to a lack of loving concern upon God’s part. He came to His own, but they received Him not. He called to them, but no one answered.

– The servant of the LORD is unintroduced but begins to speak. Yahweh equipped His servant for the task of teaching those who are weary.

– The servant was prepared that he might know the divine will and obey it. No rebellion, no apostasy, no treacherous faithlessness is found in the servant. Matthew 26:39-46

– Instead of saying that men beat him, he declares that he himself gave his back to those who struck him. The most heinous and degrading insults possible - 2Samuel 10; Matthew 26:59-67

- Through it all, when men ruthlessly rose up against him, the thought filled his mind that Yahweh was helping him. He may have been shamed and disgraced by men but not by God.

- Yahweh will declare that the servant is innocent. 1Peter 2:21-23

- Walking in their own light, they walk in darkness. John 5:22-27; 2Timothy 4:1

Isaiah 52:13-15 belong to chapter 53.

- He will be exalted. Acts 2:33; 3:13, 21; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 12:1-3

- As his exaltation and glorification will be of the highest, so his degradation was of the deepest. His form was so disfigured that he no longer resembled a man.

- As a result of his saving work, even the most exalted of men will stand in awe before him.

53:1 - Read John 12:27-41; Roman 10:16.
No one understood what was happening because of the hardness of their hearts, and God did not want them to know.

– His relationship with God was glorious but unknown to men. He looked just like a normal man, not a king or priest.

- Humanity found him so revolting to look upon because of the grief and sicknesses that characterized him, that we turned our faces away from him as though he were stricken with some repulsive disease.

- A vicarious sacrifice, designed to satisfy the justice of God and reconcile the sinner to God

7 - Matthew 27:12-14; Mark15:5; Luke 23:9; John 19:9

11 – 2 Corinthians 5:21

13 - Eph 1:20-ff; Phil 2:8-12
God has already raised him and has him seated at His right hand. In the future, Jesus will reign over all the earth, which is reward for being faithful unto the end!

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