God’s Chosen Servant (Isaiah 42:1-10)

Isaiah A Study of Selected Texts

God’s Chosen Servant (Isaiah 42:1-10)

  • 42:1-4 – The Servant’s ministry
    • The Servant is Jesus (Matthew 12:9-21)
    • Jesus became the Servant by choice (Philippians 2:5-7; Matthew 20:25-28)
    • “I have put My Spirit upon Him” (Luke 3:21-22)
    • Jesus’ ministry style (John 8:32; 2 Corinthians 5:11; John 5:41; John 8:50; Zechariah 9:9)
    • The grace of Christ does not negate the law of Christ
  • 42:5-9 – The Servant’s success
    • God’s power (Genesis 1:1)
    • The Servant’s righteousness (Matthew 3:15; John 5:30; Luke 23:47)
    • The new covenant (Hebrews 8:8-12; Jeremiah 31:31-34)
    • Warning against idolatry (Exodus 20:2-5; 1 Corinthians 10:14; Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Peter 4:3; Colossians 3:5)
    • The proof of prophecy
  • 42:10 – The new song
    • Motivation for the new song (Psalm 98:1-2; James 5:16)
    • “Saved people who really appreciate their situation are happy people; and what greater privilege could come to them than the opportunity to express their feeling to God in song?” (Leslie Thomas)

Discussion Questions

1. How do we know the Servant of Isaiah’s prophecy is Jesus?

2. Describe the nature of Jesus’ ministry as revealed in this chapter.

3. How is Jesus’ ministry different than that which we see among “pretenders”?

4. How does God describe Himself? Why is this description significant?

5. What is the motivation for the new song of Isaiah 42:10? Should we be motivated today as we sing?

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