Isaiah 49:1-26 NIV
The Servant of The LORD
1Listen to ME, you islands;
Hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born The LORD Called me;
from MY mother’s womb HE Has Spoken MY Name.
2HE Made MY Mouth like a sharpened sword,
in the shadow of HIS Hand HE Hid me;
HE Made me into a polished arrow
and Concealed me in HIS quiver.
3HE Said to ME, “You are MY servant,
Israel, in WHOM I Will Display MY Splendor.”
4But I said, “I have labored in vain;
I have spent my strength for nothing at all.
Yet what is due me is in The Lord’s Hand,
and my reward is with my GOD.”
5And now The LORD Says—
HE WHO Formed ME in the womb to be HIS servant
To Bring Jacob back to HIM
and Gather Israel to HIMSELF,
for I AMa Honored in the Eyes of The LORD
and MY GOD Has Been MY Strength—
“It is too small a thing for you to be MY servant
To Restore the tribes of Jacob
and Bring Back those of Israel I Have Kept.
I Will also Make you a light for the Gentiles,
that My Salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
7This Is What The LORD Says—
The REDEEMER and HOLY ONE of Israel—
to HIM WHO Was Despised and Abhorred by the nation,
to the servant of rulers:
“Kings will see you and stand up,
princes will see and bow down,
Because of The LORD, WHO Is Faithful,
The HOLY ONE of Israel, WHO Has Chosen you.”
Restoration of Israel
8This Is What The LORD Says:
“In the time of MY Favor I Will Answer you,
and in the Day of Salvation I Will Help you;
I Will Keep you and Will Make you
to be a Covenant for the people,
to restore the land
and to reassign its desolate inheritances,
9to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’
and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’
“They will feed beside the roads
and find pasture on every barren hill.
10They will neither hunger nor thirst,
nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them.
HE WHO Has Compassion On them Will Guide them
and Lead them beside springs of water.
11I Will Turn all MY Mountains into roads,
and MY Highways will be raised up.
12See, they will come from afar—
some from the north, some from the west,
some from the region of Aswan.b ”
13Shout for joy, you heavens;
rejoice, you earth;
burst into song, you mountains!
For The LORD Comforts HIS people
and Will Have Compassion On HIS afflicted ones.
14But Zion said, “The LORD Has Forsaken me,
The LORD Has Forgotten me.”
15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she
Though she may forget,
I Will Not Forget you!
16 See, I Have Engraved you on the Palms of
MY Hands; your walls are ever before ME.
MY Hands; your walls are ever before ME.
17Your children hasten back,
and those who laid you waste depart from you.
18Lift up your eyes and look around;
all your children gather and come to you.
As surely as I live,” Declares The LORD,
“you will wear them all as ornaments;
you will put them on, like a bride.
19“Though you were ruined and made desolate
and your land laid waste,
now you will be too small for your people,
and those who devoured you will be far away.
20The children born during your bereavement
will yet say in your hearing,
‘This place is too small for us;
give us more space to live in.’
21Then you will say in your heart,
‘Who bore me these?
I was bereaved and barren;
I was exiled and rejected.
Who brought these up?
I was left all alone,
but these—where have they come from?’ ”
22This Is What The SOVEREIGN LORD Says:
“See, I Will Beckon to the nations,
I Will Lift Up MY Banner to the peoples;
they will bring your sons in their arms
and carry your daughters on their hips.
23Kings will be your foster fathers,
and their queens your nursing mothers.
They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground;
they will lick the dust at your feet.
Then you will know that I AM The LORD;
those who hope in ME will not be disappointed.”
24Can plunder be taken from warriors,
or captives be rescued from the fiercec ?
25But This Is What The LORD Says:
“Yes, captives will be taken from warriors,
and plunder retrieved from the fierce;
I Will Contend With those who contend with you,
and your children I Will Save.
26I Will Make your oppressors eat their own flesh;
they will be drunk on their own blood, as with wine.
Then all mankind will know
that your REDEEMER, The MIGHTY ONE
49:1-6 The Great Author of Redemption shows the authority for HIS Work. The Sword of HIS WORD slays the lusts of HIS people, and all at enmity with them. HIS Sharp Arrows Wound the conscience; but all these wounds will be healed, when the sinner prays to HIM for Mercy. But even The REDEEMER, Who Spoke as never man spoke in his public ministry, often seemed to labor in vain. And if Jacob will not be brought back to GOD, and Israel will not be gathered, still CHRIST Will Be Glorious. This promise is in part fulfilled in the calling of the Gentiles. Men perish in darkness. But CHRIST Enlightens men, and so Makes them holy and happy.
49:7-12 The Father Is The LORD, The REDEEMER, and HOLY ONE of Israel, as Sending The SON to be The REDEEMER. Man, whom HE Came To Save, Put contempt upon HIM. To this HE Submitted for our salvation. HE Is a Pledge for all the blessings of the Covenant; in HIM GOD Was Reconciling the world to HIMSELF. Pardoning Mercy Is a release from the curse of the Law; Renewing Grace Is a release from the dominion of sin: both are from CHRIST. HE Said to those in darkness, Show yourselves. Not only see, but be seen, to the Glory of GOD, and your own comforts. Though there are difficulties in the way to heaven, yet the Grace of GOD Will Carry us over them, and Make even the mountains a way. This denotes the free invitations and the encouraging promises of the Gospel, and the Outpouring of The SPIRIT.
49:13-17 Let there be universal joy, for GOD Will Have Mercy Upon the afflicted, because of HIS Compassion; upon HIS afflicted, because of HIS Covenant. We have no more reason to question HIS Promise and Grace, than we have to question HIS Providence and Justice. Be assured that GOD Has a Tender Affection for HIS church and people; HE Would Not Have them to be discouraged. Some mothers do neglect their children; but GOD'S Compassions to HIS people, infinitely exceed those of the tenderest parents toward their children. HIS Setting them as a Mark on HIS Hand, or a Seal upon HIS Arm, Denotes HIS Being ever Mindful of them. As far as we have scriptural evidence that we belong to HIS ransomed flock, we may be sure that HE Will Never Forsake us. Let us then give diligence to make our calling and election sure, and rejoice in the Hope and Glory of GOD.
49:18-23 Zion is addressed as an afflicted widow bereaved of her children. Numbers flock to her, and she is assured that they come to be a comfort to her. There are times when the church is desolate and few in number; yet its desolations shall not last forever, and GOD Will Repair them. GOD Can Raise Up friends for returning Israelites, even among Gentiles. They shall bring their children, and make them your children. Let all deal tenderly and carefully with young converts and beginners in religion. Princes shall protect the church. It shall appear that GOD Is The SOVEREIGN LORD of all. And those who in the exercise of faith, hope, and patience, wait on GOD for the fulfillment of HIS promises shall never be disappointed.
49:24-26 We were lawful captives to the Justice of GOD, yet delivered by a price of unspeakable value. Here is an express promise: Even the prey of the terribly fierce shall be delivered. We may here view satan deprived of his prey, bound and cast into the pit; and all the powers that have combined to enslave, persecute, or corrupt the church, are destroyed; that all the earth may know that our SAVIOR and REDEEMER Is JEHOVAH, The MIGHTY ONE of Jacob. And every effort we make to rescue our fellow-sinners from the bondage of Satan, is, in some degree, helping forward that great change.