Oct. 21. Israel’s new Freedom Prophesied; Future Servant

Is. 48:1-50:11

Isaiah reviewed with Israel the events that would lead up to their release from captivity. Those things were related beforehand in order that they would know that it was from God and not from their reliance upon any power from idol gods. God would allow their delivery for His own name’s sake in order to remove previous defamation of His name. (Non-believers had stated that Israel’s God was unable to prevail against their gods.) Israel was reminded that it was through their disobedience that they would be placed in the position of being delivered from their captivity. However, the same God who had led, fed, watered and protected His people through the desert to the Promised Land would provide for their needs during the return to their home in Jerusalem/Judah.

The Lord turned Isaiah’s attention to thoughts of the Savior and to the salvation of Israel; also, “you peoples from afar” (Gentiles) who would hear the Savior’s words. God, in His mercy stated that it was not enough that only the house of Jacob would be restored and preserved. “I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.” There would be many obstacles in the path of the Savior. He would be despised by men and abhorred by the nation. Israel had been His servant for hundreds of years. The Gentiles would become a new servant. With Gentiles included in God’s plan, the promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that all nations of the earth would be blessed through their seed would then be fulfilled.

Isaiah addressed the concerns of the exiles who felt that they had been forgotten. A mother may possibly forget her child. God will never forget His

children. The prophet reminded them of the great promises that the Lord had made to them. Their destroyers would go away. They would become so mighty that their land would be too small to contain them. Israel would become a great nation under God’s protection. “All flesh shall know That I, the Lord, am your Savior, And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Divorce is final separation. Israel was asked about the existence of a divorce certificate from God. Obviously, there was none. Neither had He sold them to a creditor to repay a debt. It was only their sins that had caused their separation from God. His withdrawal from His “wife, Israel” was only temporary. The Messiah would come to redeem Israel and reunite them with their “husband” God. Christ, the submissive Servant would not resist the beatings, insults and shame that would be heaped upon Him. Instead, He would “steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.” (Lk. 9:51)

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