Isaiah 49:1-13

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all.

Yet what is due me is in the LORD’s hand, and my reward is with my God.” -Isaiah 49:4 [NIV]

The Book of Isaiah has clearly portrayed the picture of God's Servant in all its vivid colours. Its chapters are mingled with a description of the redemption of His chosen people along with a comprehensive view of God's dealings to the surrounding nations. It is very interesting to see Christ from the Old Testament point of view, especially through the eyes of the Prophet Isaiah.

The basic themes of this well-known chapter are:

  • Preparation of God's Servant.

  • Mission of the Servant.

  • Restoration of Israel.

The Lord calls His servant from the womb of His mother (Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:31-33; Galatians 1:15) and prepares Him under His own supervision (Isa. 49:1-2). The preparation part is summarized as making His Servant like a sword and an arrow. This is the same sword that will pierce the heart and souls of His rebelling people to bring them to obedience. As we read in Hebrews 4:12-13 (For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.)