ISAIAH 42:1-4; 44:1-5
- The servant of the LORD was carefully described as the Christ in Isaiah 42:1-4.
- How do we know that the Messiah is singular?
- From this passage, what can we know of the character and purpose of Christ?
- The servant of the LORD was described as the people of Israel in Isaiah 44:1-5.
- What is the role of the Spirit in this passage?
- What can we know about others choosing to become a part of Israel?
- Orthodox Jews now believe that Israel will become the Messiah (Isaiah 44:1-4).
- What does this humanistic approach obviously ignore? (Micah 5:2; Isaiah 7:13; Zechariah 9:9; 11:12-13; Psalm 22:16, 18, all of Isaiah 52:13-53:12 et al.)
- How can we reconcile the singular and the plural servant passages?
- We know that God’s Israel continues the work of the Christ (Romans 9:6-8).
- Who makes up both the people of Israel and the body of Christ (Galatians 3:29)?
- How does God’s Israel continue the work of the singular Messiah? (Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:15; Colossians 1:27)
- We are called to do the work of the Messiah (Isaiah 61:1-4).
- As ‘the fullness of Christ,’ how can we fulfill this passage today?
- How can we better promote praise and gladness instead of mourning and despair?
Call to Action: To be the body of Christ that proclaims the year of the LORD’s favor.