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November 1, 2018

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

Isaiah 49 (ESV)

Listen to me, O coastlands,
    and give attention, you peoples from afar.
The Lord called me from the womb,
    from the body of my mother he named my name.
He made my mouth like a sharp sword;
    in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow;
    in his quiver he hid me away.
And he said to me, “You are my servant,
    Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
But I said, “I have labored in vain;
    I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my right is with the Lord,
    and my recompense with my God.”.
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  1. It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
    to raise up the tribes of Jacob
    and to bring back the preserved of Israel;
    I will make you as a light for the nations,
    that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

    And I will make all my mountains a road,
    and my highways shall be raised up.
    12 Behold, these shall come from afar,
    and behold, these from the north and from the west,
    and these from the land of Syene.”
    13 Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
    break forth, O mountains, into singing!
    For the Lord has comforted his people
    and will have compassion on his afflicted.

    16 Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
    your walls are continually before me.❤️

  2. It is interesting that Israel is mentioned as a servant of God here in verse 3, but then another servant is mentioned in verse 6 that will restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back Israel to God and yet also be a light to the Gentiles. God is always trying to restore and recover. He is always looking for a means to bring His people back to Him, independent of how far away they have gone. God never forgets us (v.15). This is the primary message of this chapter as well as unfolding how God will use His servant to accomplish Israel’s restoration as well as revealing God to the Gentiles. It is certainly what Jesus did and His name is all over this chapter…..

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