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Behold, my servant acts wisely;
he is high, and has been lifted up and exalted. Bible

“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.


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The more we know about Jesus Christ, the more we can fully appreciate what he went through personally, the more deeply we can love him, and the more personal inspiration we can draw from his example. There are many prophecies of the Lord Jesus in the Old Testament, many of which are well known. A series of prophecies that are not as commonly known are the four “Servant Songs” in Isaiah; four sections that refer to the Messiah as the “servant.” These songs encapsulate much of the attitude and mission of the Messiah, and reveal how he would be hated by people; that he would be a sacrifice for our sin; and how God intended through Jesus’ death to ratify the New Covenant and bring salvation not only to Israel, but to all the people on earth. We hope this teaching will inspire you as John Schoenheit opens the Servant Songs of Isaiah and provides insights into the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Commentary for: Isaiah 52:13