“Be Blessed,” Yolanda Adams
“The Servant Of The Lord,” Isaiah 49:1) Listen O Isles, Unto Me, And Hearken, Ye People, From Far; The Lord Hath Called Me From The Womb; From The Bowels Of My Mother Hath He Made Mention Of My Name. Matthew 1:20. 2) And He Hath Made My Mouth Like A Sharp Sword, In The Shadow Of His Hand Hath He Hid Me, And Made Me A Polished Shaft; In His Quiver Hath He Hid Me; Hosea 6:5. 3) And Said Unto Me, Thou Art My Servant, O Israel, In Whom I Will Be Glorified. John 13:31. 4) Then I Said, I Have Laboured In Vain, I Have Spent My Strength For Nought, And In Vain: Yet Surely My Judgment Is With The Lord, And My Work (or, Reward) With My God. 5) And Now, Saith The Lord That Formed Me From The Womb To Be His Servant, To Bring Jacob Again To Him, Though Israel Be Not Gathered, Yet Shall I Be Glorious In The Eyes Of The Lord, And My God Shall Be My Strength.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, Matrix means “womb” (Ruth 1:11). v2, Through The Preaching Of His Mouth, The Servant Will Conquer The Earth (11:4). Shadow Suggests Protection. v3, In Whom I Will Be Glorified: In Partial Fulfillment Of This Prophecy, Jesus Prayed To His Father, “I Have Glorified You On The Earth.” (John 17:4). v4, Reward: The Servant Will Be Vindicated (50:8) And Will Be Rewarded After His Death (53:8) And Resurrection (53:10). v5, The political mission of Cyrus to bring Jacob back from Babylon (44:28; 45:13). v6, Light To The Gentiles: After Jesus’ Death And Resurrection, The Great Commission Of Global Evangelism Is Carried On By His Apostles (Acts 13:47; 26:23) and those that succeed (follow) them to end of the age (Matthew 28:18-20).
John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v5, And Now, Saith The Lord Jehovah the Father, in confirmation of the call, office, and work of Christ, which he hath declared, ( Isaiah 49:1 Isaiah 49:3 ) : That Formed Me From The Womb To Be His Servant; Who Preordained Him to this service before the world began, and Prepared Him for it from the womb of His Mother Mary, By Filling Him With Grace And Wisdom And With The Spirit Without Measure; Anointing Him With The Oil Of Gladness above His fellows, and so Fitting Him as man and Mediator for the Preaching Of The Gospel, and every other Service He Called Him: To Bring Jacob Again, To Him; the lost sheep of the house of Israel, God’s Elect among the Jews, which were as straying sheep; or All His Chosen People, whether Jews or Gentiles, which were scattered abroad, and were afar off from God, Whom Christ Was To Bring Back Again, And Bring Nigh (Near) Unto God, And Did: though Israel be not gathered: in general, only a Remnant, according to The Election of Grace, the greater part refusing to be gathered Ministerially By Him; and the rulers not suffering the common people to attend on His Ministry. ( Matthew 23:37 ) . It may be observed that there is a marginal reading of the Hebrew, different from the written text; instead of (al) , “not” it is (wl) , “To Him”; and may be rendered thus, “and Israel shall be gathered Unto Him”; and then the sense entirely agrees with the preceding clause, with which the words are connected, and not with the following, as the accent “athnach” shows, thus; The Lord Appointed And Formed Me To Be His Servant to bring back Jacob, and that Israel might be Gathered To Him; as all the Israel of God, all The Elect Of God Were By The Sufferings And Death Of Christ; see ( Ephesians 1:10 ) . The marginal reading, and the writing, may be both retained, as in some other places, thus, “and shall not Israel be Gathered To Him?” Since He Has Formed Me To Bring Back Jacob To Him? Verily He Shall. The marginal reading is followed by the Targum, and the passage paraphrased thus, “to return the house of Jacob to His Service, and Israel shall be brought nigh, To His Fear.” And so it is by Jarchi, Aben Ezra, and Kimchi, and by the Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions, and by Aquila: “Yet Shall I Be Glorious” In The Eyes Of The Lord; or “I Shall Be Glorious”; As He Was At His Baptism And Transfiguration On The Mount; By The Wonderful Things Done In Heaven And On Earth At The Time Of His Death, At His Resurrection From The Dead, His Ascension To Heaven, And Exaltation At The Right Hand Of God, far above all principalities and powers, Angels, authorities, and powers, Being Subject To Him; And By The Ministration Of The Gospel in the Gentile world, and particularly when He Shall Reign Gloriously In The Latter Day, and in The New Jerusalem Church State: And My God Shall Be My Strength; To Keep Up His Spirits Under All Discouragements; To Protect Him From His Enemies; To Support Him In His Work As Man; To Carry Him Through It, And Enable Him Completely To Perform It, As He Promised He Would, And As He Did, ( Isaiah 49:8 ) ( Psalms 89:21 ) ( Psalms 80:17 ) .
Quest Study Bible – v1-5, “Who is speaking?” The Speaker seems at first to be Israel, telling what The Lord Said (v. 13). But Then The Speaker Seems To Be Commissioned With The Task Of Restoring Israel To God (v. 5). This could be seen in several ways: (1) As an idealized image of Israel; (2) as a Righteous of Israelites (possibly including Isaiah) who have stayed True To God or (3) As The Future Servant-Messiah, Who Identifies With Israel. The Messianic Tone Is Strong In This Text And In The Following Chapters.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-6, The Great Author Of Redemption Shows The Authority Of His Work. The Sword Of His Word Slays The Lusts Of His People, And All At Enmity With Them (Those That Hate 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 Spake As (No) Man Spake In His Personal 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. Amen.