The First Servant Song of Isaiah

Isaiah 42:1-9, 49:1-12; 50:4-9, and chapters 52-53 are often referred to as the Servant Songs of Isaiah. After Jesus’ death and resurrection, it was quite common for Christian leaders and later biblical scholars to connect Jesus with these prophesied servant passages. That served as further proof of Jesus being the long-awaited Messiah of God.

The first three days of our Holy Week daily meditations we will spend time with these wonderful passages from Isaiah. It is very likely that Jesus saw himself as the fulfillment of these prophecies. They certainly shaped his ministry towards God’s justice as revealed in these passages.

Isaiah 42:1-9

1 Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
2 He will not cry or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
3 a bruised reed he will not break,
and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
4 He will not grow faint or be crushed
until he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his teaching.
5 Thus says God, the LORD,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people upon it
and spirit to those who walk in it:
6 I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness,
I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
I have given you as a covenant to the people,
a light to the nations,
7 to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.
8 I am the LORD, that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to idols.
9 See, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth,
I tell you of them.”

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