“The Lord Yahweh has given me.” Isaiah 50:1-3 were God speaking, but now Isaiah 50:4-9 is the Messiah speaking. The “me” in Isaiah 50:4 is the Messiah. Isaiah 50:4-11 is the third of the four “Servant Songs” in Isaiah. Isaiah contains four sections that the scholars refer to as “Servant Songs,” in which Isaiah portrays the Messiah as the Servant of Yahweh. 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. In Isaiah 50, the Servant is mentioned in Isaiah 50:10.
[For more information on the Servant Songs, see commentary on Isa. 52:13.]