S (Scripture): Isaiah 42
Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed he will not break,
and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be crushed
until he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his teaching.
Thus says God, the Lord,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people upon it
and spirit to those who walk in it:
I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness,
I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
I have given you as a covenant to the people,[a]
a light to the nations,
to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.
O (Observation): The Servant of God. A strange combination of quiet, strength, hopefulness, and compassion.
The Servant is an agent of God. An agent in this sense will bring God’s hope and joy to others.
Those who need God’s hope and joy the most are those who are imprisoned or blind or more simply, those in search of justice.
A (Application): This Servant is considered a foretelling of Jesus by many Christians. I tend to agree. These verses are indeed quoted in the Gospel of Matthew (chapter 12) in response to the questioning of who Jesus is. This Servant is the one who is proclaimed as the one to bring justice. For Jesus to be this Servant ties together the history of God’s people throughout the ages.
Jesus was always to come. After all, Jesus is the Christ in the flesh, in a particular time and place in our history.
The concept of the Servant gives us hope that we don’t always have to be the strongest or the bravest or the brightest on our own. In fact, we have one who exemplifies peace and justice and hope. And when we need strength, God is the one who will provide it.
What we seek these days is justice. What we hope for is strength to act for our neighbors in need. What we are reminded of is humility along the way.
Let us be bold in seeking justice, but let us do this in a way that honors God and and bring dignity to all people.
P (Prayer): Lord, help us to serve as your Servant serves you. Amen.