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

* Loving God, please show us Your wisdom today, please write it on our hearts.

“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;”

Who is this speaking of? Called from the womb with a mouth like a sharp sword?

This is a little true of John the Baptist, the cousin of Jesus.

We can summise from Luke chapter one that John glorified and worshipped His king from the womb, when his mother Elizabeth was pregnant and his Aunt Mary was also pregnant (with Jesus),

“And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb.”

John was the voice calling in the wilderness, with a message of repentance (Matthew 3, John 1) – Speaking God’s word to the people.

We read in Hebrews 4 that God’s word is a sharp sword that cuts through soul and spirit, joints and marrow.

So this is a little true of John.

But John is only a pointer. He is a voice that calls us to the King, not the King Himself.

Because this verse points us clearly and strongly to JESUS. God the Son, born in a stable to Joseph and Mary. The one promised from long ages beforehand, the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world.

He is the ultimate and final and full fulfilment of this truth-telling!

We read in Revelation 19,

“From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron.”

Jesus is God’s word become flesh. God’s word is the only offensive tool in our arsenal, the Sword of the Spirit.

He is our rescue and our redemption, He is our King who defeats His enemies. He is the suffering servant who made it possible for a wretched and broken people to be saved back into a right relationship with their Creator God.

This is Jesus!

* Almighty God,

Please help us to understand Your word today.

Please show us enough to grow toward You today.

Thank You for Your word.

Amen.

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