The Servant of the LORD

ISAIAH 42:1-4; 44:1-5

  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. 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)
  5. 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.


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