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October 22, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

Isaiah 42 (ESV)

Behold 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.
He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,
    or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed he will not break,
    and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
    he will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be discouraged
    till he has established justice in the earth;
    and the coastlands wait for his law.
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  1. 1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold,
    my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
    I have put my Spirit upon him;
    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 on it
    and spirit to those who walk in it:
    6 “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness;
    I will take you by the hand and keep you;
    I will give you as a covenant for the people,
    a light for 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.

  2. 1 Behold 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 aloud or lift up his voice,
    or make it heard in the street;
    3 a bruised reed he will not break,
    and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
    he will faithfully bring forth justice.
    4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged
    till he has established justice in the earth;

  3. There is a very similar theme is this chapter as there was in the last. But what great expressions of who God is and what He will do. Again what He desires to be for His people. He raises up a servant to accomplish His ends. A bruised reed He will not break (this is great comfort for those under God’s discipline or understand the suffering of the world. He may bruise us for our benefit and His glory but He will not break us). He will make a covenant with His people but also be a light to the Gentiles. And He will do new things, which was certainly true of Jesus.

    And verse 8 is an important and defining one: I will not give my glory to another. Which means it is not found any place else but in Him as well as there is nothing of true value outside of what He produces. If God accepted the works of man, He would be sharing His glory with another. That is why the Christian life has to be based in what He produces, based in His Spirit, His Son, His nature and His word. We must choose to participate with what God provides and choose to follow, but we do not produce the power. That must come from Him.

    The chapter continues from verse 8 to continue to praise God for who He is and what He will do. But verse 17 is the transition. For those who follow idols (which Israel and Judah did), God turns Himself against them. But all this a warning from God through the prophet for His people to return to faithfulness. Will we listen as we should or go astray as Israel did? That is the question.

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