The Messiah’s Mission
Verse 1 – “Listen, O coast-lands, to Me, and take heed, you peoples from afar! The Lord has called Me from the womb; from the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name.
This language is reminiscent of the description of the prophet Jeremiah’s call (Jeremiah 1:5). Isaiah was telling this to the people. He wanted them to know God knew him and called him while he was yet in the womb. Please always remember: You were born in the time and by the two people whom you were supposed to born to. You were never a surprise to God. He knew you while you were yet in the womb.
Verse 2 – And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, and made Me a polished shaft; in His quiver He has hidden Me.”
Verse 3 – “And He said to me, ‘You are My servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.’
The servant is identified as Israel. However, the New Testament authors recognize a second and deeper identification of the Servant as they associated these texts with Jesus Christ.
Verse 4 – Then I said, ‘I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain; yet surely my just reward is with the Lord, and my work with my God. ‘ ”
Verse 5 – “And now the Lord says, who formed Me from the womb to be His servant, to bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel is gathered to Him (For I shall be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and My God shall be My strength.)
In verse 3 the servant is Israel, here the Servant speaks as if He is the agent of Israel’s restoration. This seemingly inconsistency is resolved once it is realized that it is the remnant, then ultimately the remnant of one – Jesus – who functions in this way.
Verse 6 – Indeed He says, ‘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 should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ”
This was the divine promise to Abraham that through his descendants, God would be a blessing to all the people of the earth My Salvation – eternal Salvation through Jesus Christ.
Verse 7 – Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, to Him who man despises, to Him whom the nations abhors, to the Servant of rulers: Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel; and He has chosen You.”
To Him – To Christ, to whom in the days of His flesh; for men, both Jews and Gentiles, despised Him from their hearts. The nation of which He was from abhorred both His person and His doctrine.
Verse 8 – Thus says the Lord: “In an acceptable time I have heard You, and in the day of salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You and give You as a covenant to the people, to restore the earth, to cause them to inherit the desolate heritages;
The land that God told Abraham would be His peoples, will be restored to them.
Verse 9 – That You may say to the prisoner’s, ‘Go forth,’ to those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’ “They shall feed along the roads, and their pastures shall be on all desolate heights.
Verse 10 – They shall neither hunger nor thirst, neither heat nor sun shall strike them; for He who has mercy on them will lead them, even by the springs of water He will guide them.
Revelation 7:17 – “For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Verse 11 I will make each of My mountains a road, and My highways shall be elevated.
Verse 12 – Surely these shall come from afar; look! Those from the north and the west, and these from the land of Sinim.”
God will remove all hindrances, and prepare the way for them by leveling high grounds, and raising low ground. Sinim is typically associated with modern Aswan, a southern region in Egypt.
Verse 13 – Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people, and will have mercy on His afflicted.
Verse 14 – But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.”
Verse 15 – “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.
Israel felt that God had abandon them in Babylon, but Isaiah pointed out that God would never forget them, as a loving mother would not forget her little baby. Our prayers are always heard and the solutions to our problems, were already taken care of before we ever saw any chaos. Developed trust in God will increase our faith!
Verse 16 – See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walks are continually before Me. (You are always on His mind!)
Verse 17 – Your sons shall make haste; your destroyers and those who laid you waste shall go away from you.
Verse 18 – Lift up your eyes, look around and see; all these gather together and come to you. As I live,” says the Lord, “You shall surely clothe yourselves with them as an ornament, and bind them on you as a bride does.
This picture s Zion wearing her child – like wedding jewelry. This passage is understood as God to be her husband. The returned children were a wedding gift.
Verse 19 – “For your waste and desolate places, and the land of your destruction, will even now be too small for the inhabitants; and those who swallow you up will be far away.
Verse 20 – The children you will have, after you have lost others, will say again in your ears, ‘The place is too small for me; give me a place where I might dwell.’
This passage envisions Jerusalem not being big enough to hold all the inhabitants.
Verse 21 – Then you will say in your heart, ‘Who has begotten these for me, since I have lost my children and am desolate, a captive, and wandering to and fro? And who has brought these up? There I was, left alone; but these, where were they?’ ”
Verse 22 – Thus say the Lord God: “Behold, I will lift My hand in an oath to the nations, and set up My standard for the peoples; they shall bring your sons in their arms, and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders;
Verse 23 – Kings shall be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers; they shall bow down to you with their faces to the earth, and lick up the dust of your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord, for they shall be not ashamed who wait for Me.”
This pictures the deportation that began the exile and saw the people of God dragged off in chains by foreign armies. Then it pictures the return where their enemies are subservient to them.
Verse 24 – Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the captives of the righteous be delivered?
Verse 25 – But thus says the Lord: “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible be delivered; for I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children.
God would prove to the world that He is God by doing the impossible. He caused warriors to set their captives free. These warriors would even return the plunder they had taken from them.
God proves Himself over and over! He does the impossible when people’s imaginations and faith have failed them. Why is it so hard for people to believe that God is God, all the time?
Verse 26 – I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh, and they shall drink with their own blood as with sweet wine. All flesh shall know that I , the Lord, am your savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”
God was going to not only make it very clear that He was able to rescue them, but also subject their captors to the punishment they deserved.