Read 197.) Isaiah 48:16 thru 50:11. Reading Isaiah, at this point, he is addressing Israel, as we note from 48:1. He speaks by God’s Spirit and tells Israel what they could have had, had they only heeded the Lord; and, then, He closes by recounting some of God’s blessings He had given them early on, under Moses, some 750 years before.
Then, with chapter 49, we begin to learn of some special Servant of the Lord. This extends thru the first 7 verses, but the last part of verse 6 is the key to understanding the passage. Who could this be? We can know, by that which we read in Luke’s Gospel, chapter 2, and verse 32, where he quoted some of these very words, from out of the mouth of one Simeon, who was under the influence of the Holy Spirit in that moment. This servant is Jesus! And, we will see much more of Him, especially with the next reading. So much of the remainder of this chapter is of the Millennium. Verse 8 opens it, and speaks of the very Day of Christ’s Return in Israel’s defense. It tells of Israel’s ultimate restoration, and of all her Millennial blessing, even to how her full Promised Land allotment will finally be fulfilled. This was first given unto Abraham, the first Hebrew, in Genesis 15:18 and 19. So much of that area is desert now, but will be a watered and fruitful land then!
Chapter 50 tells us more of this Super-Servant! See, especially, beginning at verse 5. It extends thru verse 9, and we can, once again, readily identify Jesus, particularly with verse 6; as it goes right to His Passion and the day of His crucifixion! With the final 2 verses, 10 and 11, we have a fascinating look into God’s salvation, by His grace, and thru our faith. This is that picture portrayed with verse 10. While verse 11 speaks to us of those who would not trust and rely upon the Lord, but would light their own way, with their own religion, wisdom and righteousness. Their end will be torment! We’re about to see the clearest picture of the Servant of the Lord, and what He would do, next. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell