8/02/2016

The First Servant Song (Isaiah 42)

Hope, Trust and Wait on the Lord (Isa 40:31): "Even if the enemy's foot be on your neck, expect to rise and overthrow him. Cast the burden of the present, along with the sin of the past and the fear of the future, upon the Lord, who forsaketh not His saints. Live by the day—ay, by the hour. Put no trust in frames and feelings. Care more for a grain of faith than a ton of excitement. Trust in God alone, and lean not on the needs of human help." Charles Spurgeon.

"Fits of depression come over the most of us. Usually cheerful as we may be, we must at intervals be cast down. The strong are not always vigorous, the wise not always ready, the brave not always courageous, and the joyous not always happy." Charles Spurgeon, Lectures, The Minister's Fainting Fits.

42:1-25 (The Servant Saves)
  1. God's chosen servant will establish justice on earth (1-4) [Will "not" occurs 7 times in 2-4.]
    1. God prepares the servant to bring justice (1)
    2. What the servant will not do to bring justice (2-3)
    3. The servant will not fail to bring justice to all (4)
  2. God's servant will be a covenant and light (5-9)
    1. God the Creator speaks (5)
    2. The servant's mission (6-7)
    3. God's name is glorified (8-9)
  3. Sing a hymn of praise to glorify God (10-13)
    1. Call for people to sing God's praise (10-11)
    2. Reason for praising God (13)
  4. God will deliver and forgive the sins of his blind servants (14-25)
    1. The blind are not forsaken (14-17)
      1. A time of divine silence (14)
      2. A time of destruction (15)
      3. A time for guidance and light (16)
      4. Shame for those who trust idols (17)
    2. The blind servant's sins result in punishment (18-25)
      1. Israel is my blind servant (18-20)
      2. God gave them his law (21)
      3. The people were plundered (22)
      4. Will anyone listen (23)
      5. God plundered Jacob for not obeying his law (24)
      6. God sent war; Israel did not understand (25)