The Servant Songs of Isaiah – Chapter 50, pt.2

Tonight, we are reading through Isaiah 49:22-51:23 with an emphasis on the Third Suffering Servant Song of Isaiah 50:4-9. Attached is Christopher North’s short commentary on this Third Servant Song from his book The Suffering Servant – An Historical and Critical Study.  p.146. For tonight, read deeply through the Servant verses.  Here is the Servant to whom God has given the gift to sustain the weary (v.4) and who follows where God has led him (v.5); and yet, the weary repay the Servant’s comforting words and obedience to God’s call with disdain and violence directed against the Servant (v.6).  Despite the abuse and the threat of future abuse, the Servant continues undeterred in his mission (vv.7-9).  The parallels between the experience of the Servant and Jesus’s Passion are unmistakable.  If you have time today, please read one of the Gospel’s Passion accounts and reflect on how Jesus fulfills the role of the Servant as described in Isaiah 50.

Dinner is at 6. The menu is St. Patrick’s Day. Discussion about 6:45. Hope to see you here.

For the Lord GOD helps me;
therefore I have not been confounded;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame.  

Isaiah 50:7

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