Most men are not satisfied with the permanent output of their lives. Nothing can wholly satisfy the life of Christ within his followers except the adoption of Christ's purpose toward the world he came to redeem. Fame, pleasure and riches are but husks and ashes in contrast with the boundless and abiding joy of working with God for the fulfillment of his eternal plans. The men who are putting everything into Christ's undertaking are getting out of life its sweetest and most priceless rewards" (J. Campbell White, Secretary of the Laymen's Missionary Movement, 1909). Someone once said that if we are not fishing for men, we are not following Jesus (see Mark 1:16-20). Jesus came into the world to call the world to Himself and He has given us that same mission.
This week we will look at the second of Isaiah's four Songs of the Servant and the heartbeat of this song is the global mission of God's Servant. As we mentioned before these poetic prophecies were composed some 750 years before Jesus and they spectacularly portray His life and ministry. What is strikingly unique in this Song is that we actually hear the voice of the Servant of God, who is none other than Jesus Himself. And in this Song we get a new look into the relationship between the Father and His Son Jesus and Jesus' mission in the world.
The second Song of the Servant is found in Isaiah 49:1-13. Read it through a couple of times and then use the questions listed below to help you meditate on this wonderful song about Jesus.
1. In view of the entire song, verses 1-13, what do you learn about the relationship between God the Father and His Servant?
2. This Song of the Servant reveals much about the mission of the Servant. Again, looking at the song as a whole (vv. 1-13), what do you learn about the scope or extent of the Servant's mission?
3. What does verse 2 tell you about the nature of the Servant's mission? What will He be like and what will He do?
4. In verse 4, what is the Servant's complaint and how would you reconcile that with what we saw last week in the first Song of the Servant (Isa. 42:4)?
* How does the Servant balance his complaint in this verse? What is His assurance?
5. How does God respond to His Servant's complaint in verses 5-6?
6. Verse 7 gives us another hint into the of nature Jesus' mission. What do you see in this verse?
7. Verses 8-12 give us a grand view of the purpose and design of the Servant's mission. What will God's Servant do?
* Here is a thought question: Do you sense another biblical event or image behind the description of the Servant's mission in these 5 verses?
8. How does the song end (v. 13), and what is the lesson in that ending?
9. What do you learn about God's heart in this Song?
10. What do you learn about Jesus in this Song?
11. In light of what you see of God's heart and of His Servant Jesus in this Song, what do you think the Lord would have you do differently as a follower of Jesus?
I hope to see you on Sunday! And God be with you,