- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Isaiah 49
Chapter 49 is the second Servant Song following the first one in Chapter 42:1-9.
The servant is called by God, to do the work of God. By serving God, Israel will be glorified. Though his ministry appears futile, his reward is in God. (v.4)
God called the servant to restore Israel (v.6), and bring back the exiled home.
“You are my servant, Israel,” (v 3),” is the prophecy calling Israel to be the servant of God, bring light to the world. For this purpose, God restore Israel to bring God’s salvation to the end of the earth.
The prophet describes how God will restore Israel (v8-26). God reminds them of Exodus story to assure Israel God’s restoration. Therefore, their response is to “shout for joy, rejoice, and burst into song.” (v.13)
The nursing mother’s image (v15) brings comfort to the exiled people of Israel who were disheartened. “I have engraved you on the palm of my hands,” (v16) describes the relationship that God made with his people, Israel.
As Christians we read this prophecy of the Servant Song was realized in Jesus through his life and ministry. Gospel writers of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, testify that Jesus is the light of the world, savior of all nation, bringing all people to God, restoring life; life-giving, life- healing, life enhancing, and life- saving.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?