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Servant Israel Glorifies God by Jesus, Israel’s Seed! Part 1



June 20, 2004

An Exposition of Isaiah, Chapter 49

Servant Israel Glorifies God by Jesus, Israel’s Seed! Part 1 

Isaiah 49:3 – And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.

As prophesied, God chose from, and out of, the Seed of the man Israel, Christ Jesus, who is the ONLY man in whom he has been, and will continue to be, glorified as the One Godhead of ALL principality and power.  God is glorified in his servant Israel by the man Christ Jesus. The virgin Mary was a direct descendant, through her father Heli, of the man Israel.  Heli was in the line of the man Israel through David and Zerubbabel.

Zechariah 4:6,7 – Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. [7] Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.

Luke 1:35 – And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

I Peter 2:6,7 – Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. [7] Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

ISAIAH 49:3 – And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.

Colossians 2:9,10 – For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. [10] And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Philippians 2:7-11 – But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: [8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. [9] Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: [10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; [11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the GLORY of God the Father.

John 17:1-5 – These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: [2] As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. [3] And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. [4] I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. [5] And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

The forty-ninth chapter of Isaiah is about the Messiah of Israel, born of the Seed of Israel, as a servant of the people of Israel, who was sent to be a servant, as an Israelite, to the living God of Israel, and who now sits in heaven as the intercessor of all who will put their faith in him for salvation.

Romans 2:28,29 – For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: [29] But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

I will now begin a verse by verse exposition of Isaiah 49, which pictures Jesus of Israel as the servant of God, in whom he has been, is, and continues to be glorified by the glory generated by his Son, Messiah the Prince.  It is a message issued to all the land masses of this earth that rise above its waters as continents or islands

ISAIAH 49:1 – Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of MY NAME.

This prophecy was written some 700 years before it was fulfilled in the womb of Mary, as revealed to Joseph, her husband, and it also appears in  Isaiah 7:14.

Matthew 1:18-21 – Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. [19] Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. [20] But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. [21] And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt CALL HIS NAME JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Isaiah 7:14 – Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Matthew 1:22,23 – Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying [23] Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

ISAIAH 49:2 – And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; (We will look at this phrase by phrase.)

(1)  “And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword”

John 12:48,49 – He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. [49] For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

Revelation 19:15,16 – And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. [16] And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

(2)  “In the shadow of his hand hath he HIDDEN me”

Colossians 2:3 -In whom ARE HID all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Ephesians 3:8-11,21 – Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; [9] And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been HID in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: [10] To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, [11] According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:  [21] Unto him be glory IN the church BY Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

I Corinthians 2:7,8,2,5 – But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the HIDDEN wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: [8] Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. [2] For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. [5] That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

I Corinthians 1:18 – For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

(3)  “And made me a polished shaft”

Isaiah 53:2A – For he shall GROW UP before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground:

Luke 2:40,52 – And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. [52] And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

God made his Son into a polished shaft that will defeat all the enemies of Israel at Armageddon.

Hebrews 10:12,13 – But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; [13] From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

Micah 5:9 – Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.

(4) “In his QUIVER hath he hid me”

The Quiver was the rectangular leather pouch that hung from a leather strap either on the man’s back or on his chest, which contained the arrows for his bow, which were used as his strength against his enemies.  So, in the Old Testament times, a man who had a lot of children, such as Israel, who had 12 sons, was said to have his QUIVER full of arrows (shafts).  Each one was hidden in the womb until he came forth as a son of Israel.  It was looked upon as a real blessing to have a quiver full of arrows, a family with many sons, because the more you had, the more power you had in speaking to your enemies, and dissuading them from daring to attack you.  Most community judgments over disputes with your enemies were settled at the gate, and the more sons you had, the less likely you were to be ashamed by being poor, because of their laboring for you, or to have a judgment go against you, because of their fear of your many sons.    

Psalm 127:3-5 – Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. [4] As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. [5] Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

But God only had one begotten Son, and he hid him, until he made him in Mary, and bought him forth as his only arrow in Bethlehem.

Galatians 4:4-6 – But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, [5] To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. [6] And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

John 1:14 – And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

God’s One arrow was all he needed to launch.  It is still flying, and one day will be anointed as the most Holy.  It is this arrow that has all power in heaven and in earth.

Matthew 28:18 – And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Zechariah 9:14-16 – And the Lord shall be seen over them, and his ARROW shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south. [15] The Lord of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar. [16] And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.