59 Isaiah / Part 2 (8)

A thorny overture

Isaiah 49:1-6(1)
Luke 22:39-44
T Listen to Me

 This morning, it is from 49:1-6 called "a song of servant / the second song". This "song of a servant" is concentrated with from Chapter 49 - to Chapter 53. Though there are four "song of a servant", but only first song in Chapter 42 is away from others. Perhaps it seems that Isaiah did think over and over about revelation of God between the first song and the second song many times. It will be not for revelation to have been cut off by any means, but will be because the image in him was not matured. "A servant of the Lord" born in the first song is chosen by various people such as Israel and Isaiah himself or Cyrus, but, such a versatile character is tinged with gradually with "a thorny servant". It is to be concerned with our salvation through the hardship. The process is matured, and it is felt now whether it has appeared again. Now, I will begin the second song.

 "Listen to Me, O islands, and pay attention, you peoples from afar."(1), this is a message to people of the whole world to an end of the ground including us of the present age, there be it in Verse 6. It is repeated twice, but it will be emphasis. These words repeated and emphasized with "Listen to Me." "pay attention", it is considered that it is appeal which the whole world should pay attention to this message. In fact, because many message are told by very thick density here, I want to divide it into twice and hear. It is the first time, we will hear two things from it this morning. At first, it is the first.

 "The Lord called Me from the womb; from the body of My mother He named Me."(1) By the way, I raised Verse 1-6 as a text this morning, but perhaps "a song of a servant" is Verse 1-3, and Verse 4-6 will be that repetition or more detailed explanation. There is it in Verse 5 thus, "And now says the Lord, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, to bring Jacob back to Him, in order that Israel might be gathered to Him.". We must warn that in front of it, "called", there is determination of God here, "He formed Me to be His Servant.". It is determination. "To bring Jacob back to Him, in order that Israel might be gathered to Him", God decides it decidedly and becomes birth of "a servant". "Jacob" "Israel" said to here says people of the new Lord having a global expanse.

U He named Me

 "He named Me."(1), and there is it. "A name" is character itself of the person, and it is not a simple sign. Therefore we must hear that all thought of God settled form for in this are loaded, not to mention affecting all character of a servant. And then, when it is said that "Listen to Me" "Pay attention", what do we hear? At first, we have to point up the thought of God. There is it with "In Whom I will show My glory."(3). and now, as for God, it is going to be clarified His existence and His will through this servant. God is going to clarify something. Which has been told repeatedly till now, "Now I declare new things;"(42:9, 43:19), and I hear it points at it. Therefore the servant appeared. Therefore, the things that "called the servant", and it having been "named the servant" in itself may be said to be the first message put here.

 There is it, "The Lord called Me from the womb" "from the body of My mother He called Me". In an occasion of Jesus birth, there is words of angel Gabriel which was told to Joseph, "And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins."(Matthew 1:21). About it, don't you think and float, appearing? "Jesus" is the meaning "The lord saves". This is the Gospel of Jesus that He atoned our crime on the cross, and came to the world to save us. I hear that He removed the crime that separated a human being from God distantly and "To bring Jacob back to Him, in order that Israel might be gathered to Him,". It may be said that this servant is Jesus and new Israel is the people atoned crime with by the cross of Jesus. Prophet wishes for staring at God to us through this servant. Surely, even in Israel of the Isaiah times, that posture would be already lost. And the present age is separated from God than it distantly and goes to ruin by a crime year by year. I consider there is not recovery from there, except we stare at this Jesus.

V A thorny overture

 "And He has also made My mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand He has concealed Me, and He has also made Me a select arrow; He has hidden Me in His quiver."(2), and this is the place that I want to hear secondly this morning. "A sharp sword" "a select arrow", both is the weapon of fight that is aggressive to represent those days. A servant is compared to the weapon, and it will point at the One who can judge our crime. This seems to symbolize correctness of God. It seems that anger of God for the crime of person becomes expression with "a sharp sword" "a selected arrow". In it, the crime of person reached an extremity in front of God. In particular, I hear it will be a message that we of the present age must face. Or it may be said that He is the existence that embodied God oneself. To judge is a special privilege of God, but the reason why this servant has the special privilege will be that he took full power of God and appeared. "For I am honored in the sight of the Lord, and My God is My strength"(5), and it seems that meaning. The word named "a servant", it is meaning "a working person" by Hebrew, and is loaded with "a son" "a dear person" in it. Perhaps, this servant came to us as an agent of God. "In Whom I will show My glory."(3), it sounds such nuance.

 However, the weapon is "hidden" and puts it away. For King and the soldiers whom there were as the best mission in winning a fight with a sharp sword and the arrow in ancient times society such as Israel, hiding the weapon (the abandonment), it meant defeat and extinction. Their correctness was lined by the use of the power. And it is really disappointing, but when we watch the war and the terrorism that a large quantity of modern science weapons are cast into them, such a value system is felt to just breathe in the present age. However, this servant abandons the weapon. In particular, what there is with "He has hidden Me in His quiver", it will mean that he does not use the weapon. I think that he would stare at such servant with a eye of desire to call "Please
come early".

 Isaiah testifies for pains of this servant who "hid a weapon". "I have toiled in vain, I have spent My strength for nothing and vanity;"(4) It seems to rise a figure of this servant who troubled in a reason of power of God without using it and suffered. It will be an overture of a thorny servant. I seem to hear prayer of Jesus who prayed while suffering at a garden of Gethsemane. "Father, if Thou art willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Thine be done."(Luke 22:42), we want to bite that this pains of Jesus saved us.