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Isaiah: Prince of Prophets—You are my Servant, Israel

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Have you ever found yourself eavesdropping on a conversation? Perhaps you were in a restaurant and in the booth behind you a couple was speaking a little loud and they were difficult to ignore. Sometime, in such situations, you hear interesting stories.

In our text for this evening, we find ourselves eavesdropping on a conversation between God the Father and God the Son. In these verses, Isaiah—writing by inspiration—records a conversation between God the Father and God the Son.

Isaiah 49 is the second of three Servant Songs recorded by the Prophet. The songs are four poems written about a certain "servant of Yahweh". God calls the servant to lead the nations, but the servant is horribly abused. The servant sacrifices himself, accepting the punishment due others. In the end, he is rewarded. Over the centuries there have been a number of interpretations as to who this servant might be.

Jesus thought he was the servant of Isaiah’s Servant Songs either quoting from or alluding to Isaiah 53:1-12 six times. The Disciples thought he was the servant of Isaiah’s Servant Songs—Peter, Paul, John, Matthew and Mark all quote from the various Servant Song Passages. The Early Church Fathers extensively quoted form the 4th Servant Song which is Isaiah 53 making it the most important text of the Old Testament.

In this passage we’ll see three thee things about this servant:

Conclusion: I wonder what God the Father and God the Son talk together about these days. I know one thing that brings them great joy is looking back on the completed work that Jesus, the Servant has done. And the day is coming when you and I will talk to God face to face, and know for sure how happy God is to have you in his kingdom. Tonight, and for the rest of your days, you can thank God for sending this Servant Jesus to be your servant, the one who will bring you to heaven.

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