Isaiah – Chapter 42


Verse 1 – “Behold! My servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.

Verse 2 – He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.

My servant – This phrase denotes a person that acknowledges and worships God; anyone who is regarded as serving or obeying Him. At Gethsemane Jesus went quietly when arrested. He later quietly bore the crossbeam of His cross a portion of the way as He walked the streets toward His execution, Golgotha (John 19:17).

Verse 3 – A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth.

The word ‘reed’ means the cane which grows up in marshy or wet places; that which is fragile or weak, easily waved by the wind or broken down; people who are conscious of feebleness and sin; that are broken by calamities; feel that they can no longer handle life. So, this servant in these verses will have compassion on anyone who has a glimmer of hope. Christ will never toss you aside.

Verse 4 – He will not fail nor be discouraged, till He has established justice in the earth; and the coast-lands shall wait for His law.”

Verse 5 – Thus says God the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it:

Verse 6 – “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles,

Verse 7 – to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison-house.

Part of Christ’s commission on earth was to enlighten people to God’s righteousness. Through Christ, all people have an opportunity to be a light to others. However, first seek His righteousness, in order for it to shine forth to others.

Verse 8 – I am the Lord, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to graven images.

Verse 9 – Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

Do you know God reveals what He is about to do? He puts a stirring in your spirit at times for us to be aware a change is coming. He will use pastors to lead others into His calling as well as close friends or people who have the spirit of discernment and have developed it. What’s sad though is that a lot of people, Christians, are not listening to what the Spirit has to say. They have grown dull in their hearing because of the cares of this world and they won’t take the time to get in God’s presence.

Verse 10 – Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you coast-lands and you inhabitants of them!

Our praise should reflect all the good God has done for us. I’m amazed at the callous way some walk into a worship service. Some come in carrying coffee an donuts, like they are going to a business meeting and then they wonder why they never feel the spirit move. Or how about the one’s that come late and interrupt “your’ time of worship with no regard to anyone around them. I think the worse thing someone can do though, is leave during an altar call, only caring about being the first one out of the parking lot. Shame on you!

Worship time is either revered or it’s not. I’d rather give God praise every time I’m in His presence then leave and feel empty.

Verse 11 – Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voice, the village that Kedar inhabits. Let the inhabitants of Sela sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.

Verse 12 – Let them give glory to the Lord, and declare His praise in the coast-lands.

Verse 13 – The Lord shall go forth like a mighty man; He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war. He shall cry out, yes shout aloud; he shall prevail against His enemies.

Verse 14 – “I have held My peace a long time, I have been still and restrained Myself. Now I cry like a woman in labor, I will pant and gasp at once.

Verse 15 – I will lay waste the mountains and hills, and dry up all their vegetation; I will make the rivers coast-lands, and I will dry up the pools.

Often, when God shows up as a warrior, it can have catastrophic results for the physical creation. But yet people will take heed only for a time. They might be thankful for a while, but if they are not fully committed to Him, they go right back to what they were dong before. Keep in mind; He controls it all!

Verse 16 – I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them and not forsake them.

The blind – The Gentile who have not known the truth. He will take away all hindrances; He will direct the right way to go – He will see them through to the end of their journey.

Verse 17 – They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, who trust in carved images, who say to the molded images, who say to the molded images, you are our gods.’

Verse 18 – “Hear, you deaf; and look, you blind, that you may see.

Verse 19 – Who is blind but, My servant, or deaf as My messenger whom I send? Who is blind as he who is perfect, and blind as the Lord’s servant?

Verse 20 – Seeing many things, but you do not observe; opening the ears, but he does not hear.”

How could Israel and Judah be God’s servants and yet be so blind? This is a spiritual disability. They, as do we, see, but yet don’t understand, or knowing what is right, but not doing it.

Verse 21 – The Lord is well pleased for His righteousness sake; He will magnify the law and make it honorable.

Verse 22 – But this is a people robbed and plundered; all of them are snared in hole, and they are hidden in prison houses; they are for prey, and no one delivers; for plunder, and no one says, “Restore!”

Verse 23 – Who among you will give ear to this? Who will listen and hear for the time to come?

Too often we are so eager to direct what God says, to others, that we fail to take our own advice. Leaders and teachers of the Word don’t have to be perfect, but God holds them to a higher standard. When the Holy Spirit gives revelation, be sure and take that advice.

Verse 24 – Who gave Jacob for plunder, and Israel to the robbers? Was it not the Lord, He against whom have sinned? For they would not walk in His ways, nor were they obedient to His law.

Verse 25 – Therefore He has poured on him the fury of His anger and the strength of battle; it has set him on fire all around, yet he did not know; and it burned him, yet he did not take it to heart.

The Jewish people had hardened their hearts so much, God considered them a house on fire, without perceiving their coming danger. However, God promises over in Isaiah 54:8, 9 that: With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,” Says the Lord, your Redeemer. (Verse 9) “For this is like the waters of Noah to Me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.

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