The Servant of the LORD (Isaiah 42:1 – 9)

Scripture Text:

Isaiah 42:1 – 9

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1. As a child, were you ever disciplined by having to remain in your home or in your bedroom for a period of time? How did you feel when you got out again?

2. This is the first of four “Servant Songs” (see also Isaiah 49:1 – 6; Isaiah 50:4 – 9; Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12). In Isaiah’s time, a king’s servant stood in a position of great importance. What terms express this servant’s relationship to God (verses 1 – 7)? His mission? His character?

3. Who is the servant referred to here (see Isaiah 41:9)? What kind of servant has he been (see Isaiah 26:17, 18)? Why is the Lord singing to honor the servant?

4. Why will God’s servant “not shout or cry out” (verse 2; see Proverbs 8:1 – 4; Proverbs 9:13ff)? What is meant by a bruised reed and smoldering wick (verse 3; see Isaiah 36:6)?

5. In what ways does Jesus fulfill this picture of God’s servant?

6. Acts 13:47 and 2 Timothy 2:24 – 26 extend this image of “the servant” to apply to all believers. In light of that, what does this passage say about your mission? Your family? Your work? Your priorities? Your character? How does this encourage and challenge you?

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