The Suffering Servant (Part 1)

 

The 53rd section of Isaiah has frequently been known as the “Agony Servant” entry. It is the fourth in a progression of entries managing “the Servant” or “the Servant of the Lord.” The gospel scholars recognize Jesus of Nazareth as satisfying these verses. From these sections in Isaiah we are given a perspective of His life and character in the times of His substance, His delicacy and in addition His energy, and the considerable deliverance He would bring, for the Jews, as well as for all the world.

Isaiah started his service around 740 B.C. furthermore, finished in 680 B.C. God, through Isaiah, gives us an unmistakable picture of what was to happen, in the prompt future for Israel, as well as how He would bring the Messiah, His “Affliction Servant,” into the world and enable Him to be relinquished for the wrongdoings of the world.

Sections 40 through 66 of Isaiah examine the Babylonian imprisonment and the purposes behind it, lastly the rebuilding from it. In any case, there would have been a more prominent deliverance than that from Babylon, and there would be a more prominent “savior” than Cyrus, the lord of Persia.

Isaiah 53 is one of the best-cherished sections of Scripture. It was this very entry that made the Ethiopian ask of Philip, “of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” (Acts 8:34). Philip started at Isaiah 53 and “lectured Jesus to him” (Acts 8:35).

We have to call attention to that the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53 is presented before in the book of Isaiah, and is said in four separate areas of the book. In this article, we will inspect each of the four areas of Isaiah which manage the Suffering Servant.

The Servant Has A Mission

“See! My Servant whom I maintain, My Elect One in whom My spirit delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will deliver equity to the Gentiles. He won’t shout out, nor raise His voice, nor make His voice be heard in the road. A wounded reed He won’t break, and smoking flax He won’t extinguish; He will deliver equity for truth. He won’t fizzle nor be demoralized, Till He has set up equity in the earth; and the coastlands might sit tight for His law.” (Isa. 42:1-4).

Who is it that God maintains, picks, takes pleasure in and gives His Spirit to? A hireling! God rejects despots and overlords and picks a hireling! At the point when the Pharisees consulted Jesus with a specific end goal to devastate him, the hoards took after our Lord and He recuperated them. Matthew straightforwardly connected these verses to Christ, saying the healings were played out “that it may be satisfied which was talked by Isaiah the prophet” (Matt. 12:15-21).

We see in Isaiah 42:1 that the Servant was to be picked by God – not simply anybody could play out this assignment. God would get a kick out of this One. We review the expressions of the Father at the sanctification of Jesus, “This is My adored Son, in whom I am very much satisfied” (Matt. 3:17). Once more, at the transfiguration of Jesus, we hear the Father say, “This is My darling Son, in whom I am very much satisfied. Hear Him!” (Matt. 17:5).

One exhibition of the joy the Father would have in Him was the happening to the Holy Spirit upon His Servant. This was satisfied at the immersion of our Lord. John the Baptist gave testimony this and stated, “I saw the Spirit plummeting from paradise like a pigeon, and He stayed upon Him. I didn’t have any acquaintance with Him, however He who sent me to purify through water with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit diving, and staying on Him, this is He who sanctifies through water with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and affirmed this is the Son of God.” (John 1:32-34). Jesus Himself stated, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, since He has blessed Me to lecture the gospel to poor people. He has sent Me to recuperate the beaten down, to lecture deliverance to the prisoners and recuperation of sight to the visually impaired, to set at freedom the individuals who are mistreated, to lecture the satisfactory year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19).

The Suffering Servant of Isaiah 42:2 stands in sharp diverge from common victors – His mien is not quite the same as that of conventional men. Jesus did not go into rough debate with false educators, but instead utilized the energy of words and reason. Indeed, even His foes needed to concede, “No man at any point talked like this Man” (John 7:46).

Christ would have feel sorry for on their low home (Isa. 42:3). Matthew reveals to us that when Jesus “saw the hoards, He was moved with sympathy for them, since they were fatigued and scattered, similar to sheep having no shepherd” (Matt. 9:36). The Servant of the Lord would not smash men, nor extinguish their soul. He would not tie loads hard to tolerate (Matt. 23:4; Acts 15:5, 10). In perspective of these words we need to review the kind and delicate welcome of our Savior to delinquents (Matt. 11:28-30).

Isaiah 42:4 additionally contains a suggested trouble, i.e., the likelihood of the Suffering Servant becoming powerless (Isa. 42:4).

His main goal is to the “coastlands” or the “islands” (Isa. 42:4), “and in His name Gentiles will put stock in” (Matt. 12:21). The kingdom of Cyrus was constrained to one segment of the earth. The Law of Moses was for the country of Israel alone. The Suffering Servant would be of advantage to all humankind.

The Servant Has Great Difficulties In His Mission

“Tune in, O coastlands, to Me, and notice, you people groups from a remote place! The Lord has called Me from the womb; from the lattice of My mom He has talked about My name. What’s more, He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand He has concealed Me, and made Me a cleaned shaft; in His quiver He has shrouded Me. What’s more, He said to me, ‘You are My hireling, O Israel, in whom I will be celebrated.’ Then I stated, ‘I have toiled futile, I have spent my quality to no end and futile; yet most likely my simply reward is with the Lord, and my work with my God.’ And now the Lord says, Who framed Me from the womb to be His Servant, to take Jacob back to Him, so Israel is assembled to Him (for I might be superb according to the Lord, and My God should be My quality), Indeed He says, ‘It is too little a thing that You ought to be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to reestablish the protected ones of Israel; I will likewise give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You ought to be My salvation to the finishes of the earth.’ Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, to Him whom man detests, to Him whom the country hates, to the Servant of rulers: ‘Rulers might see and emerge, Princes additionally should venerate, as a result of the Lord who is loyal, the Holy One of Israel; and He has picked You.'” (Isa. 49:1-7).

The Servant is the speaker in these verses, yet He didn’t take this obligation upon Himself – the Lord called Him into this administration. Once more, the Gentiles are welcome to tune in (Isa. 49:1). The Lord knew His Servant from His mom’s womb – this guidelines out the likelihood of the Servant being the country of Israel.

The Servant was to “reestablish the protected ones of Israel” (Isa. 49:6). Saul of Tarsus who was among this exemplary leftover of Israel (Rom. 9:1-8; 11:1-5).

In satisfaction of the expressions of Isaiah, Christ turned into a light to the Gentiles. “The place that is known for Zebulun and the place that is known for Naphtali, the method for the ocean, past the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: the general population who sat in dimness saw an extraordinary light, and upon the individuals who sat in the area and shadow of death light has unfolded” (Matt. 4:15-16; cf. Isa. 9:1-2). After Paul had been dismisses by the Jews in Antioch of Pisidia, he stated, “It was vital that the expression of God ought to be addressed you first; however since you dismiss it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, view, we swing to the Gentiles” (Acts 13:46).

Jesus told the Syro-Phoenician lady that He had been sent to the “lost sheep of the place of Israel” (Matt. 15:22-24). At the point when the pupils were conveyed on the Limited Commission they were advised not to go to the Gentiles (Matt. 10:5-6). In any case, in the Great Commission the missionaries were sent to all countries of the earth (Matt. 28:19).

The Servant Will Suffer

“The Lord God has given Me The tongue of the realized, that I ought to know how to talk a word in season to him who is tired. He stirs Me morning by morning, He stirs My ear to hear as the educated. The Lord God has opened My ear; and I was not insubordinate, nor did I dismiss. I gave My back to the individuals who struck Me, and My cheeks to the individuals who culled out the whiskers; I didn’t conceal My face from disgrace and spitting. For the Lord God will help Me; along these lines I won’t be disrespected; in this way I have set My face like a stone, and I realize that I won’t be embarrassed. He is close who legitimizes Me; Who will fight with Me? Give us a chance to stand together. Who is My enemy? Give him a chance to draw close to Me. Without a doubt the Lord God will help Me; who is he who will denounce Me? In fact they will all develop old like a piece of clothing; the moth will gobble them up.” (Isa. 50:4-9).

The particular predictions of Isaiah 50:4-9 were satisfied by Christ when Pilate “conveyed Him to be killed” (Matt. 27:26).

Hirelings of God have dependably experienced issues satisfying their main goal. The Suffering Servant would not escape from His work as Jonah did (Isa. 50:5; Jonah 1:3). We hear our Lord tell those in the primary century, “Favored are the individuals who are mistreated for nobility’s purpose, For theirs is the kingdom of paradise. Favored are you when they censure and mistreat you, and say a wide range of malice against you dishonestly for My purpose. Cheer and be exceedingly happy, for incredible is your reward in paradise, for so they aggrieved the prophets who were before you.” (Matt. 5:10-12).

The striking dialect of Isaiah 50:6 brings to mind the anguish of our Lord before His excursion to the cross, where His back was given to the smiters and where evil men culled the facial hair from off His face (Matt. 26:67-68; 27:26-31).