“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 49, “The Servant Of The Lord”

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“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.  

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5 thoughts on ““Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 49, “The Servant Of The Lord”

  1. We can give glory to the Lamb by listening to HIM regarding what is most important.
    No, it’s not “Love” without God – that was Paul and the Beatles.

    Poem – What is love?

    Two men came to Jesus
    With different motivations.
    They asked Him the same question
    Relevant to all the nations:

    Which is the Most Important?
    The answer was the same.
    Jesus did not manipulate
    He was not there to play a game.

    “Love the Lord your God” said Jesus
    as He quoted from The Law –
    to fulfill and not abolish
    was His purpose, full of awe.

    Jesus did not make all Scripture
    Into one new great commandment.
    He summarized The Law and Prophets
    “First and Greatest” and “The Second.”

    The Love of God is higher
    Than the love of any man.
    Receive from God, give back to God-
    Then to others, that’s His plan.

    The Love of God involves much more
    Than simply “love your fellow man.”
    Worship, trust, and pray to God,
    and obey Him – that’s His plan

    To worship and pray to neighbors,
    Whoever they may be,
    Or trust and obey our enemies
    Would be idolatry.

    The love of God is first and greatest,
    And the love of man is second.
    “All we need is love” are words
    of dead Beetles on the pavement.

    “The entire law is summed up in a single command”
    are not the words of Jesus our Salvation.
    It’s false teaching of Paul the Pharisee
    an “accuser of our brethren.”

    “Love” without God is Satan’s word through Paul
    in his chapter to the Corinthians.
    “I will show you the most excellent way”
    is the road to eternal perdition.

    Where is God in Paul’s chapter on love?
    Nowhere in view of the eye.
    Paul sings about himself like a Mexican Mariachi
    “I, I, I, I.”

    Jesus is The Most Excellent Way
    Not the words of a Pharisee.
    The words of Jesus are very clear.
    Jesus said, “You must follow ME.”

      • Why? Simply because “Paul said so”? Who agree with Paul on that?

        Who appointed Paul an apostle, when, and where?
        Who accepted, affirmed, or recognized Paul individually as “an apostle”?
        Who gave Paul the title or role “Apostle to the Gentiles”?

        Can you quote me chapter and verse please?
        No, Luke’s editorial comments about “the apostles Barnabas and Paul” in Acts 14 don’t answer these questions – compare and contrast with Acts 1, 6, 9, 13 and 15. There were “prophets and teachers” in Antioch, NOT “apostles” [Acts 13:1] (No, being “sent” doesn’t make one an “apostle” according to Jesus – regardless of what you modern dictionary definition may say. You dictionary is not the Word of God.) In the Council at Jerusalem, there is no hint at all that either Barnabas or Paul were ever recognized as “apostles.” [Acts 15]. You can open your Bible and see for yourself. I’m not wrong. These are facts about the text.

        Neither do Peter’s passing comments about “beloved brother Paul” one time in 2 Peter 3:15 answer these questions. On the contrary, Peter’s reference to apostles in 3:2, and then use of the Greek word agapetoi throughout chapter 3, cut Paul down to size, and show that Paul has no special status or title as an apostle. Paul was simply “beloved,” just like everyone else Peter was writing to. God loves everyone.
        (The NIV Bible translates the words differently, sort of “covering” for Paul to make it seem like Paul is the only “beloved” one, while the readers of Peter’s letter are simply “friends” – but that is faulty translation, as you can see from the below detail.)

        2 Peter 3:1 agapetoi beloved
        2 Peter 3:8 agapetoi beloved
        2 Peter 3:14 agapetoi beloved
        2 Peter 3:15 agapetos henon adelfos Paulos, beloved of us brother Paul
        2 Peter 3:17 agapetoi beloved

        Nor did Jesus ever say Paul was an “apostle”, in Acts 9 or anywhere else. Every true follower of Jesus is a “chosen instrument of God”, and so were King Saul and King Solomon.

        “What is an Apostle?”
        Here is the answer based on the original sources:
        The words and actions of Jesus and the Original Apostles in the text of the New Testament.

        .1) Gospel of Mark – time lag between being appointed and being sent
        “Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve – designating them apostles – that they might be with him…” [Mark 3:13-14]

        Three chapters later,
        “Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits.” [Mark 6:6-7]

        .2) Gospel of Luke – time lag between being appointed and being sent
        “One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Simon…..” [Luke 6:12-14]

        Again three chapters later,
        “When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” [Luke 9:1-2]

        .3) Gospel of Matthew – which is organized by theme, not necessarily in chronological order.
        “He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal disease and sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon…” [Matthew 10:1]

        Without any clear time reference, continuing on the theme of the Apostles, Matthew does record “These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions…” [Matthew 10:5] Matthew never said that the Apostles were “sent out” immediately after being appointed. If we didn’t also have the clear records in Mark and Luke, it would be a fairly logical assumption that Jesus sent them out right away, but it would still be just an assumption. In this case, that assumption would clearly be wrong. The Twelve Apostles were absolutely NOT sent out right away after being appointed Apostles, according to Mark chapters 3 through 6, and Luke chapters 6 through 9.

        So being an Apostle of Jesus involves being sent by Jesus, yes. But that isn’t the only meaning, or even the first and primary meaning. The first thing was “that they might be with Him” personally, together, for His entire earthly ministry, from the time of John the Baptist until Jesus rose to heaven. Jesus poured his life into the 12 Apostles for 3 ½ years very personally training them to be the leaders of the church, and Jesus chose Peter as first among equals.

        The NIV translation inserts the heading “Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas” for the passage Luke wrote in Acts 1:12-26]. The NIV headings were not part of the original text, and sometimes they can be misleading, but in this case I believe the heading is right on.

        Jesus and the Original Apostles knew what an Apostle is better than anyone else in the world. Why is this a strange idea? Why do so many people frequently attack and tear down and dismiss the Original Apostles, particularly Peter, as if they were all incompetent, stupid, and wrong in so many ways, and they didn’t even know what an “Apostle” was? The answer to that question is, they have been listening to the voice of Paul, rather than the voices of Jesus and the Original Apostles.

        As we consider the question “what is an Apostle”, we should carefully listen to the words of the leader that Jesus personally appointed as first among the Apostles, and trained personally for 3 ½ years, Peter.

        “It is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.” [Acts 1:21-22]

        Neither Paul, nor James, nor Luke were with Jesus and the Apostles the whole time, so they were not qualified to be a “witness with the Apostles of Jesus’ resurrection”, which is what it means to be an Apostle. Matthias was qualified, appointed, and later recognized as part of The Twelve. No one except Judas ever lost his apostleship.

        Responding to a question from Peter,
        “Jesus said to them:
        …you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” [Matthew 19:28]

        We cannot prove that Judas was present at that time, and we cannot prove that Matthias was absent at that time when Jesus spoke those words. Even if Judas was physically present, as we all realize now, he was not a true follower of Jesus. And even if Matthias was physically absent at that particular occasion, Jesus is still establishing the basic qualification for having one of the twelve thrones as being “you who have followed me,” not someone who will follow Jesus in the future, like Paul, James, Luke or anyone else in the world.

        At the Last Supper, Jesus said to His Apostles:
        “You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred on one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” [Luke 22:28-30]

        Was Judas present when Jesus spoke those words? Even if someone wants to be argumentative and say we can’t prove that Judas wasn’t there at the time, we certainly can’t prove that Judas WAS there. Judas obviously didn’t stand by Jesus in his trial, as the whole world knows. But that was the requirement Jesus gave to “sit on thrones:” “You are those who have stood by me in my trials.” “You”, speaking to His 11 Apostles who had been walking with Him faithfully for 3 ½ years. Not others in the future who will follow the risen Jesus Christ. Notice that at the Last Supper, when Judas lost his throne and Matthias was definitely absent, Jesus chose to speak of “thrones” rather than “twelve thrones” as he had previously.

        The Apostle John recorded about the New Jerusalem,
        “The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” [Revelation 21:14]

        The Apostles are 12 faithful eyewitnesses who walked with Jesus during His entire earthly ministry, and Matthias is the 12th. That’s the short version of my definition of “what is an Apostle.”

      • Dear beloved brother, chosen instrument of God,
        Who said Paul was appointed an apostle, when and where? Please quote me chapter and verse.
        No, it doesn’t say that in Acts 9, 13, 14, or 15, or anywhere else in Acts. The Apostle Peter never said Paul was an “apostle” either. Neither did Jesus.

        For a Biblical basis, all you have is “Paul said so.” If you want to continue to believe that, you can – based on sources external to the Bible, plus Paul’s solitary contradictory testimony about himself. Paul has not second witness in the pages of the Bible.

        According to Jesus and the Apostles Jesus appointed, there are only 12 Apostles, who were WITNESSES of His entire ministry (unlike Paul or Luke), and Matthias is the 12th appointed Apostle.

        If you have eyes to see, open your Bible and see for yourself. Blessings in the name of Jesus for Passover and Resurrection Sunday.

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