54 Isaiah/Part 2 (3)


The One who should stare

Isaiah 42:1-4
Philippi 2:6-11
T A servant of the Lord

 This morning, we enter in the place which is known as "Chapter phrase of servant". As for what is called "Chapter phrase of servant", it is counted four, and it is from 42:1-4 first, from 49:1-6 second, from 50:4-9 third, and from 52:13-53 fourth, and at first, it is from Chapter 42 this morning. About "Chapter phrase of a servant", why these four songs (Because these become a form of poetry, it is called "a song of a servant") are scattered, and about that mutual relevance, in particular, person images of the servant..., a great many arguments still continue, but this is the center of Isaiah, and it is said, in addition, to be the highest peak of the Old Testament. I hit a snag many times while preparing, but I was made to wish that I wanted to hear a message of the highest peak somehow.

 At first, it is from the beginning. "Behold, My servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My sprit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations."(42:1) What sign would this servant appear without suddenly? So. In first Chapter 40 of Isaiah Part 2, we heard "Here is your God!"(40:9). Prophet prayed for Israeli people who forgot God at first, God want them to remember that God is a creator of nature all things, a human being, and in particular, He is a creator of Israeli race. In staring at a person of creation, when a so great person was Israeli God, he wanted them to regain their base. And next, he is going to let them remember that God lives still now and acts in Israel, and He is a sovereign. This prophet seems to say that because He is not a God who has gone far after He created us, but He is a God who says "Here is your God!", therefore you can stare Him. His message which is going to clarify the One whom we should stare at so one after another continues. And how it is necessary to hear the claim of the One who is a Creator and a sovereign to us of the present age!


U A bruised reed He will not break

 At 41:27-28, there is it like this "'I will give a messenger of good news' But when I look, there is no one, And there is no counselor among them, Who, if I ask, can give answer.". Even if God prayed how much, in a human being, the person who carried "good news" to Israel was not found. An adviser is not a simple messenger and a person of consultation, however it will point at "good news" itself and a messenger of God. It was a plan of God who was going to rescue the people who suffered from an end (41:8. punishment) of the ground. However, even if God looked around how much, the person who is good for the job was not found. Therefore it becomes an appearance of a servant of God. God is going to be employed God person / the Messiah whom he granted a soul of oneself to to us as a servant for oneself.

 "He will bring forth justice to the nations."(1) In those days, a judge did wrong, and dissatisfaction increased among people, then it would be one of the big causes of the Israeli suffering which is said "God was far, and He had left". Landowners or nobles exploited poor weak people unfairly. As well as Isaiah, prophets uncover such an Israeli crime many times. However, even if how much appeal it, but a judge does not support for the people who are poor, it seems that the people despaired of right handling. Especially in Israel, the judge should have been considered to be an agent of God, but it is... The reason why a servant of the Lord was put up here is to "bring public morals", it will be because a cry of such a poor people reached God. Public morals were court terms to point at handling or a suit, and to "bring forth justice" was a duty of the servant of the Lord. He accomplishes that duty quite gently. "A bruised reed He will not break, And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice."(3) Now, to accomplish justice, the logic of a strong man to use power seems naturally. The American Iraqi War or clamping to an Israeli Palestinian will be that fine examples. Now, the terror that is frequent in many parts of the world is the criminal act that we should grieve. However it is felt to hear scream of the weak who has only means of terrorism from there. When I watch a figure of the young children who are sacrificed for such a dispute, the heart to give careful consideration to "A bushed reed, a dimly burning wick" is lost, and I want to say what is justice. Public morals of such servant of the Lord whom consideration to weak people is full of think with need in the present age, but it is..........


V The One who should stare

 It becomes the consequences, but I want to try to think about the place which can say an introduction sentence of this servant. It is from "He will not cry out or raise His voice, Nor make His voice heard in the street."(2). In here, it repeats that He does not cry three times, and this servant keeps silent repeatedly. I think that He is not taciturn merely, but falls silent though He should insist, what will be his claim? When you read the Old Testament, you will be able to comprehend that God is insisting on Oneself thoroughly. However, this servant poured a soul of God "keeps silent" earnestly, and does not brandish to be the One ranging to the God, but it seems rather to be clear that He abandons such one's glory. Such figures of the servant occur at the same time to Jesus that Paul testified in Philippians. "Although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men."(Philippians 2:6-7)

 To keep silent and do not tell it. How it is severe, but Isaiah writes a figure of that servant at Isaiah 53:7 in this way. "He was oppressed and he was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.". This is a climactic part of "a song of a servant", but in the first place, why will it be "a servant"? Words named a servant mean a slave, but, as for it, implication to say with a person belonging to the Lord rather than a slave of absolute obedience for the Lord seems to be big. For example, it appears in the meaning that Abraham, Moses and David face God and say "I am your servant". To say "I am your servant" from the side of a servant with the thought that I love you very much, and to say it from the side of the Lord with the thought of love that I love you like my child, it may be said that relation is very beautiful.

 However, a servant is a slave to the last. At 53:6, because there is it when "But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.", he will put his heart and soul into a slave when it is for the hardship to have appeared from the Lord. When it is contents of having "kept silent", I understand. A servant of this silence is remind of Jesus on the cross, don't you think so? We can guess it from the testimony of Paul "And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death on a cross."(Philippians 2:8). And God who loved the obedient is affected, too. Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,"(2:9), and we can hear the declaration that a road of new life established for us. "He will not be disheartened or crushed, Until He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law."(4) We must hear that islands are world countries, us. There is a figure of God whom we must really stare at on the cross of Jesus. I wish that we want to pay more attention heartily to that One.