The Servant Songs

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  1. Incense

    Incense Active Member

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    We Christians have Christ the centre of our lives,without Him we are just nothing, all things come to be through Him and this is not only after Christ came but even way before with the prophets, and all humanity actually, we were (and some still are) waiting for Him! We longed for Him!
    I am not sure if you are familiar with this set of prophecies in the book of Isaiah that scholars names the Servant Songs or the Songs of a Servant.
    I find them so beautiful and so powerful. Every single time I hear them, they bring healing to my heart. They are very edifying to read or listen!

    Isaiah 42:1-9
    The Lord's Chosen Servant
    42 Behold my servant, whom I uphold,
    my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
    I have put my Spirit upon him;
    he will bring forth justice to the nations.
    2 He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,
    or make it heard in the street;
    3 a bruised reed he will not break,
    and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
    he will faithfully bring forth justice.
    4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged
    till he has established justice in the earth;
    and the coastlands wait for his law.
    5 Thus says God, the Lord,
    who created the heavens and stretched them out,
    who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
    who gives breath to the people on it
    and spirit to those who walk in it:
    6 “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness;
    I will take you by the hand and keep you;
    I will give you as a covenant for the people,
    a light for the nations,
    7 to open the eyes that are blind,
    to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
    from the prison those who sit in darkness.
    8 I am the Lord; that is my name;
    my glory I give to no other,
    nor my praise to carved idols.
    9 Behold, the former things have come to pass,
    and new things I now declare;
    before they spring forth
    I tell you of them.”

    Isaiah 49:1-13
    The Servant of the Lord
    49 Listen to me, O coastlands,
    and give attention, you peoples from afar.
    The Lord called me from the womb,
    from the body of my mother he named my name.
    2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword;
    in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
    he made me a polished arrow;
    in his quiver he hid me away.
    3 And he said to me, “You are my servant,
    Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
    4 But I said, “I have laboured in vain;
    I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
    yet surely my right is with the Lord,
    and my recompense with my God.”
    5 And now the Lord says,
    he who formed me from the womb to be his servant,
    to bring Jacob back to him;
    and that Israel might be gathered to him—
    for I am honoured in the eyes of the Lord,
    and my God has become my strength—
    6 he says:
    “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
    to raise up the tribes of Jacob
    and to bring back the preserved of Israel;
    I will make you as a light for the nations,
    that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
    7 Thus says the Lord,
    the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
    to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation,
    the servant of rulers:
    “Kings shall see and arise;
    princes, and they shall prostrate themselves;
    because of the Lord, who is faithful,
    the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”
    The Restoration of Israel
    8 Thus says the Lord:
    “In a time of favour I have answered you;
    in a day of salvation I have helped you;
    I will keep you and give you
    as a covenant to the people,
    to establish the land,
    to apportion the desolate heritages,
    9 saying to the prisoners, ‘Come out,’
    to those who are in darkness, ‘Appear.’
    They shall feed along the ways;
    on all bare heights shall be their pasture;
    10 they shall not hunger or thirst,
    neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them,
    for he who has pity on them will lead them,
    and by springs of water will guide them.
    11 And I will make all my mountains a road,
    and my highways shall be raised up.
    12 Behold, these shall come from afar,
    and behold, these from the north and from the west,
    and these from the land of Syene.”
    13 Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
    break forth, O mountains, into singing!
    For the Lord has comforted his people
    and will have compassion on his afflicted.

    Isaiah 50:4-11
    4 The Lord God has given me
    the tongue of those who are taught,
    that I may know how to sustain with a word
    him who is weary.
    Morning by morning he awakens;
    he awakens my ear
    to hear as those who are taught.
    5 The Lord God has opened my ear,
    and I was not rebellious;
    I turned not backward.
    6 I gave my back to those who strike,
    and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard;
    I hid not my face
    from disgrace and spitting.
    7 But the Lord God helps me;
    therefore I have not been disgraced;
    therefore I have set my face like a flint,
    and I know that I shall not be put to shame.
    8 He who vindicates me is near.
    Who will contend with me?
    Let us stand up together.
    Who is my adversary?
    Let him come near to me.
    9 Behold, the Lord God helps me;
    who will declare me guilty?
    Behold, all of them will wear out like a garment;
    the moth will eat them up.
    10 Who among you fears the Lord
    and obeys the voice of his servant?
    Let him who walks in darkness
    and has no light
    trust in the name of the Lord
    and rely on his God.
    11 Behold, all you who kindle a fire,
    who equip yourselves with burning torches!
    Walk by the light of your fire,
    and by the torches that you have kindled!
    This you have from my hand:
    you shall lie down in torment.

    Isaiah 52:13-53:12
    He Was Pierced for Our Transgressions
    13 Behold, my servant shall act wisely;
    he shall be high and lifted up,
    and shall be exalted.
    14 As many were astonished at you—
    his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,
    and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—
    15 so shall he sprinkle many nations;
    kings shall shut their mouths because of him;
    for that which has not been told them they see,
    and that which they have not heard they understand.
    53 Who has believed what he has heard from us?
    And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
    2 For he grew up before him like a young plant,
    and like a root out of dry ground;
    he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
    and no beauty that we should desire him.
    3 He was despised and rejected by men;
    a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
    and as one from whom men hide their faces
    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
    4 Surely he has borne our griefs
    and carried our sorrows;
    yet we esteemed him stricken,
    smitten by God, and afflicted.
    5 But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
    upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with his wounds we are healed.
    6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have turned—every one—to his own way;
    and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.
    7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
    yet he opened not his mouth;
    like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he opened not his mouth.
    8 By oppression and judgement he was taken away;
    and as for his generation, who considered
    that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
    stricken for the transgression of my people?
    9 And they made his grave with the wicked
    and with a rich man in his death,
    although he had done no violence,
    and there was no deceit in his mouth.
    10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
    he has put him to grief;
    when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
    he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
    the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
    11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
    by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
    make many to be accounted righteous,
    and he shall bear their iniquities.
    12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
    and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
    because he poured out his soul to death
    and was numbered with the transgressors;
    yet he bore the sin of many,
    and makes intercession for the transgressors.
  2. Toma

    Toma Well-Known Member Anglican

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    It's very very good to have a reference for the exact chapters in which these famous songs appear. I will bookmark this to remind myself of the tender mercy of God toward the whole Cosmos in choosing to create, uphold, and sustain all things by His Word. The greatest glory of God is that He became flesh only so that All Flesh would not have to be cut off for its transgressions. What mercy! What love!

    These are perfect to read in prayer with the Psalms during the Passion week & Holy week... :)
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