August 3, Reading 2 – Isaiah 49

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SAA Notes

The coming of Jesus is not some new plan brought into operation because the old failed. The old, old story, Praise the Lord it’s true! – God intended His Servant Jesus to come as a covenant for the people and to save us. These passages introduce that wonderful theme of Isaiah – the Suffering Servant!

SJA Notes

This is a long passage packed full of joy and hope!

We see Jesus right at the start!

“The LORD called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name. He made my mouth like a sharp sword;” – We remember in Revelation 19 the description of Jesus, “From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron.”

We read the wonderful message that Jesus is our covenant! “I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people,”

We are exhorted to praise! “Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing!”

Why? “For the LORD has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted.”

This is our God, the rescuer.

“Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken, and the prey of the tyrant be rescued, for I will contend with those who contend with you, and I will save your children.”

The LORD will contend for us! This is a marvellous truth to grapple with and rest upon.

And finally, we have this statement, a declaration from the Lord. “Then all flesh shall know that I am the LORD your Saviour, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

* Oh Lord God, the Mighty One of Jacob, praise Your Name today!

Cause within us an upheaval of praise, an overwhelming eruption breaking forth, to sing for joy!

You Lord, You alone have comforted us. It is You who has compassion on Your afflicted.

Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Jesus.

Amen.

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