December 17: Isaiah 42:1-4

There are four Servant Songs in Isaiah, between Chapters 42 and 53.  At times the Servant seems to be an individual, at other times the nation.  The New Testament identifies that Jesus came as this servant.  Here is a beautiful description of a gentle leader who is not bombastic or shrill, and who does not disregard the weak and powerless.  The Good News is for the meek.

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold,

my chosen one in whom I delight;

I will put my Spirit on him

and he will bring justice to the nations.

2 He will not shout or cry out,

or raise his voice in the streets.

3 A bruised reed he will not break,

and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.

In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;

4 he will not falter or be discouraged

till he establishes justice on earth.

In his law the islands will put their hope.”

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