Monday, March 5, 2012
Servant Called of God
Read Isaiah 49:1-7
“‘And He said to me, ‘You are my servant, O Israel,
In whom I will be glorified.’” “It is too small a thing that
You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
And to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also
give you as a light to the Gentiles, that you shall be my salvation
to the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 49:3, 6 (NKJV)
God called the Servant to come to earth to instruct the people who had strayed from His ways. He called this servant from the womb. It was His plan to call His son to the task of dealing with the world and its sin. The Lord created the Servant to speak truthfully, to call things as they are.
The servant was disliked by the nation Israel. The prophet Isaiah received the same treatment. (Isaiah 30:9-11) Jeremiah also received scorn and ridicule. (Jeremiah 26:7-8) God’s own Son, Jesus, received the cruelest rejection from the people He came to help.
God promises He will display his splendor in this servant. He will make the Servant a light for the Gentiles to bring salvation to the ends of the earth.
Our Lord chose to have Jesus bring the light of salvation’s message to the world. He also displays His glory through the Son. “When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. When he looks at me, he looks at the one who sent me. ” John 12:44-45
How much did the Pharisees dislike Jesus? As we read our Bibles we see they watched Him for the slightest transgression of the Mosaic Law. Christ’s walking through a field and pinching off some heads of grain on the Sabbath was an illegal act in the eyes of the Pharisees. Jesus’ followers were hungry and he did what he felt was right. The teachers and the lawyers tried to trip our Lord several times as he healed people. They waited to see how He would answer questions because either way he responded, they were ready to deal with Him.
We thank You for sending us Your son to teach us of Your ways. We thank You for loving us so much that You did this for us. Please allow us to learn of You and Your Son, the Servant who took all our sins upon Himself in order that we may one day live with You in heaven. We give You the glory. In Jesus’ name, we pray. AMEN