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Merry Christmas From the Prophets-Part Two

Rev. Michael Calvert, Ph.D., December 8, 2019
Part of the Advent 2019 series.

This coming Lord’s Day, the second Sunday of Advent 2019, we will once again turn to the prophet Isaiah for another Old Testament ‘Christmas card.’

Our sermon text will be Isaiah 42:1-4 where God the Father introduces One that He describes as “ My Servant” (v. 1).

This passage is the first of four such ‘Servant songs’ in the book of Isaiah, perhaps the most familiar of them being Isaiah 52:13-53:12 (a passage we particularly think of at Easter).

In this passage from chapter 42 we will consider the Servant’s description (v. 1), His mission (vv. 1, 3-4), and His character (vv. 2-4).

And then we will see how this very passage from Isaiah 42 is interpreted by the Apostles, and linked directly to our Lord Jesus in the New Testament (see Matthew 3:13-17; 12:15-21; 17:1-8).

Isaiah 42:1-7

1Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 2He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 3A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. 4He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. 5Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: 6I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; 7To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. (KJV)