September 12, 2021
Scripture: Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. Isaiah 42:1a, 3 ESV
Observation: Isaiah’s messianic prophecy follows judgment against the nation for failing to repent from its idolatry (41:21-29). While Cyrus will conquer their enemy (Babylon, who also practiced idolatry), one greater than this pagan emancipator will come and set God’s people free from their captivity to sin. Unlike the ruthless Assyrians and Babylonians, who exacted the Lord’s judgment, the Suffering Servant who came to serve and give his life as a ransom will free those who are already broken and contrite in spirit with gentleness (“a bruised reed he will not break”). Still, for those who are proud and self-sufficient, who are recalcitrant and unrepentant, he will bring forth justice with an iron rod (Revelation 12:5).
Takeaway: While we are confident in Christ’s compassion and tenderness toward us as our Savior, we must remember that he is our Lord, the almighty Son of God who reigns over heaven and earth. It will not go well for those who stubbornly reject him.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for the gift of your Son whose yoke is easy for those who seek rest in him. Help us not take for granted his patience and kindness toward us and instead grow in our love and obedience to him.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling