The Messiah in Isaiah Bible Study
Chapter 42: Behold my Servant
by I Gordon
 ↩ A.W. Tozer in his great book called 'The Pursuit of God' talked about this 'Beholding'. I just want to read a little bit to you: He said - 'While we are looking at God we do not see ourselves - blessed riddance. The man who has struggled to purify himself and has had nothing but repeated failures will experience real relief when he stops tinkering with his soul and looks away to the Perfect One. While he looks at Christ the very things that he has for so long been trying to do will be getting done within him. It will be God working in him to will and to do.' And he carries on and just says this about faith and beholding and he says this - 'Now if faith is the gaze of the heart at God and if this gaze is but the raising of the inward eyes to meet the All Seeing eyes of God then it follows that it is one of the easiest things possible to do. It would be like God to make the most vital thing easy and place it within the range of possibility for the weakest and the poorest of us.'
 ↩ I was thinking about this, just as a bit of a side note... You know we, as Christians, are called servants of the Living God as well. And I was thinking about our prayer life and specifically my own prayer life. How do I pray? What am I saying to God? Is it as a servant saying 'What would you have me to do?' Or, like the spirit of this age, am I saying 'Here is what I would like you to do for me God'. While it is fine to present your requests to God we have to be careful if we get to the stage where unlike a servant, we are continually just telling God what we would like. We need to be careful not to make ourselves the master and God the servant.
 ↩ Just before I get off this point, Bob Dylan has a song about servant hood that I like. It is called 'What Can I Do For You'. I will just quote some of the lyrics
You have given everything to me
What can I do for you?
You have given me eyes to see
What can I do for you?
You pulled me out of bondage and you made me new inside
You filled up a hunger that had always been denied
You opened up a door no man can shut And you opened it up so wide
And you have chosen me to be among the few
What can I do for you?
And that is the attitude of a servant. What can I do for you?
 ↩ I read an email during the week about a pastor in America who put an advertisement in the paper and was basically asking for people who were not Christians to come and review his church service. The advertisement basically said that he was after people aged between 20 and 35, who do not currently believe that Jesus Christ is God but are not mad at Christians. He wanted them to attend the church service anonymously and complete a survey. He basically wanted this so he could get their impression of the whole service - how was the music? How was the lighting? What was the sermon like? Did it meet your needs? So he was asking non-Christians to survey a church service. Can you imagine Jesus doing that!! Can you imagine Him giving the sermon on the Mount saying 'Blessed are the poor for they shall inherit the earth etc' and then at the end He says - hey guys how did that sound? Wasn't too harsh was it? You didn't get too bored with what I was saying? Shall I make it shorter? Would it come across better if we had a bit of music before I gave the sermon? How stupid! how ridiculous! Like I said previously... the man that has come to do the will of work only needs to be concerned that their message is from the heart of God. No preacher or pastor is here to put on a show.
 ↩ I was doing a little bit of reading about what that really means and one person that was commenting on it said the following: The reeds were growing down by the river side and one of the things that these reeds were useful for is that they made good flutes. So the Israelites would actually cut them down, hollow them out and make flutes out of them. The river banks were full of these reeds and many of them were less than perfect. So if they came across one that was cracked or bruised they would just break it in half and toss it away. After all they needed reeds of a certain quality in order to make a flute that would play well. Cracked or bruised reeds were worthless. And what this verse is saying is that a bruised reed He will not break.
So the Israelites who would go down to find a reed that they could make a good flute out of, they were just looking for perfect reeds and they would just throw the others away. This is not the way with God's Servant, the Messiah Jesus. He is actually attracted to those that are damaged because they realise their need of Him!
 ↩ This commentator went on about this burning wick analogy and he said that Hebrews homes of course did not have electric lights. They had to light their homes with oil lamps. Most had open tops and the bowls were filled with oil and they contained a wick made of flax or linen and as long as the wick stayed moist with the oil it would burn, but occasionally when the oil would burn out the wick would smoulder and burn and give off smoke and the only thing to do was to extinguish it and toss it away as there was plenty of flax where the first wick had come from.
Well, Jesus does not throw smouldering wicks away or put them out... He helps and encourages them until the start to shine!
 ↩ I have recently become a proud home owner and I have been amazed at how much I am getting into gardening! But sometimes you see a struggling plant and you kind of think - well okay, I could care for it, water it, nurture it - or I could just pull it up! Be assured that Jesus is the kind that cares and nurtures those that are His which is what this verse 3 is telling us.
 ↩ Someone once said that Jesus will never have a breakdown and resign from the ministry!
Related Series Posts
- Chapter 40: Behold... Here is your God!
- Chapter 42: Behold my Servant
- Isaiah Chapter 43: God will make a way!
- Chapter 45: The Potter, the Clay & the Sovereignty of God
- Chapter 49: The Messiah's Mission
- Isaiah Chapter 50: The Calvary Road
- Isaiah 52 - Wake up you sleepy head
- Isaiah 52:15-53:3 - Start of the greatest passage in the Old Testament
- Isaiah 53:4-6 - The Substitute
- Isaiah 53:7-9 - The Trial, Death & Burial of the Messiah
- Isaiah 53:10 - The Messiah Crushed by the Lord
- Isaiah 53:11 - The Satisfaction of the Saviour
- Isaiah 53:12 - The Shared Inheritance of the Saviour
- Isaiah 55:6-9 - Seek the Lord while He may be found
- Isaiah 55:10-13 - God's Word Shall Not Return Void
- Isaiah 56:10-12 - The Who What Why What of Watchmen
- Isaiah 56:10-12 Part 2 - The Who What Why What of Watchmen
- Isaiah 57:15 - The High & Lofty One Who Inhabits Eternity
- Isaiah 59:14-16 - The trampling of truth and the salvation of God
- Isaiah 59:17-20 - The Redeemer of all Creation
- Isaiah 60:1-6 - Rise and shine in the last days!
- Isaiah 61 - Reasons for Rejoicing
- Isaiah 63 The Holy Spirit - Grieving or Pleasing?
- Isaiah 66:1-2 The Pursuit of Spiritual Lameness