ISAIAH 49:1-6, ISAIAH 50:1-11 – THE SERVANT WE SERVE

A BIBLE LESSON

  • What do we know about Jesus as a servant? What Scriptures point to what we know?
  • How should the ministry of Jesus as servant affect how we conduct our lives?

In Isaiah 49-55, our Lord Jesus Christ is presented as the “Suffering Servant”. Although the subject is too large for one Bible Lesson, let’s take a glimpse at Isaiah 49:1-6 and Isaiah 50:1-11 and consider the Servant we serve and how we should serve Him.

THE SERVANT WE SERVE

HIS CALLING – Isaiah 49:1-3

  • What is the biggest problem Israel had? Isaiah 48:17-19
  • Freedom from captivity in Babylon is promised in Isaiah 48:20-21, and the sin problem is addressed starting here.
  • Isaiah 49:1-2 – The Lord’s servant is talking. He is addressing the nations. His birth and ministry were predicted in Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:21-23, and Luke 1:31-35.
  • Isaiah 49:3 – Jesus, referred to as Israel, is the perfect fulfillment of all that Israel the nation was supposed to be as a blessing to the nations. Genesis 12:3, Genesis 28:13-14

HIS CAUSE – Isaiah 49:4-6

  • Isaiah 49:4 – Jesus, as a man, would have been tempted to be discouraged. As God the Son, He was reassured by God the Father.
  • Isaiah 49:5-6 – Jesus’ purpose was to redeem Israel from its sin, and to be a light to the Gentiles. Luke 2:27-32

HIS POWER – Isaiah 50:1-3

  • Isaiah 50:1 – Although God temporarily separated from Israel as a wife, he did not write a bill of divorcement. Although Israel was sold into bondage because of sin, it was not permanent.
  • Isaiah 50:2-3 – God has the power to redeem His people through His Son. The example of two of the plagues in Egypt are proof of His power.

HIS AVAILABILITY – Isaiah 50:4-6

  • Isaiah 50:4-5 – As the perfect God born as a man, Jesus lived as man was designed to live, in total dependence on God and obedience to God. Luke 5:16, John 4:34, Hebrews 10:7
  • Isaiah 50:6 – Jesus’ obedience culminated in His suffering for our sins. Isaiah 53:1-12, Matthew 27:20-50, 2 Corinthians 5:21
  1. HIS VICTORY – Isaiah 50:7-9
  • Isaiah 50:7 – Jesus was strengthened to willingly endure the suffering of the cross.
  • Isaiah 50:8-9 – Jesus vindicated Himself before His accusers. Philippians 2:9-11

HOW TO SERVE HIM

BE AN AVAILABLE SERVANT! – Isaiah 50:4-5, John 15:1-16

BE AN OBEDIENT SERVANT! – Isaiah 50:5-6, Isaiah 50:10, John 14:15

BE A REVERENT SERVANT! – Isaiah 50:10, Hebrews 12:28-29

BE A TRUSTING, RELIANT SERVANT! – Isaiah 50:10, Hebrews 13:5-6

DON’T BE A SELF-SERVING SERVANT!– Isaiah 50:11

  • Don’t light your own fire! Ephesians 2:8-9
  • Avoid eternal torment! Revelation 20:11-15