Who is the "servant" that Isaiah mentioned throughout the book? Was it the nation of
Israel as many think? In some instances, as in verse 3, the servant appears to be Israel, but
a strong case can be made for another explanation in some Isaiah passages.
This text yields two reasons that the servant might not always apply to the nation of
Israel. First, it makes no sense in verse 6 that Israel should "raise up the tribes of Jacob"
and "restore the survivors of Israel." That sounds more like something an extraordinary
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.