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December 26th: Isaiah 44:24-45:25, Proverbs 22

Two days ago, while linking Isaiah’s servant to Jesus’ servanthood, I cited Philippians 2:5-7, where we are told that Jesus, while being God, still lived as servant. Today Isaiah continues to speak about this servant of God whom he calls “Jacob,” that is, Israel.

Interwoven with God’s promises for this servant is God’s guarantee of His own vindication: “Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.” Years later, while discussing Jesus’ servanthood, the apostle Paul would declare, “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11). Jesus is both the servant of Isaiah and the God who would be vindicated.

When Isaiah wrote, there was an expectation that God would call His servant to bring great news to the world, yet be attended with sufferings. At the same time, expectations were that God would vindicate His own name by rescuing this servant. Paul and the early Christians saw in Jesus that both the vindicated God and suffering servant were the same person, the man Jesus Christ. Since our savior and King came to serve us, today let us gladly bow the knee and confess with our tongues that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Jeremiah Vaught