“my servant.” In this context, the “servant” is the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Isaiah contains four sections that the scholars refer to as “Servant Songs,” in which Isaiah portrays the Messiah as the Servant of Yahweh. Most of the scholars agree to when these Servant Songs start, but they do not have as good agreement as to when they stop; what is the last verse of the Song. For the purposes of the REV, the Songs are Isaiah 42:1-7; 49:1-7; 50:4-11, and 52:13-53:12. The start of the first Servant Song, Isaiah 42:1, is quoted in Matthew 12:18 and positively identifies the “servant” as the Messiah, Jesus Christ. The disciples understood that Jesus Christ was the servant of God and called him that (cp. Acts 4:27).
Reading the Servant Songs and applying them to Jesus Christ tells us—and they told Jesus—a lot about Jesus Christ, about his mission, what he would accomplish, and what would happen to him.
The more we know about Jesus Christ, the more personal inspiration we can draw from his example. A series of prophecies about our Lord which are not commonly known are the four “Servant Songs” in Isaiah. These songs encapsulate much of the attitude and mission of our Messiah, including bringing salvation not only to Israel, but to all people.
Verses: Isa. 42:1-7; 49:1-7; 50:4-11; 52:13-15; 53:1-5.
Teacher: John Schoenheit