Isaiah Lesson 49
Distributed by: KJV Bible Studies
Introduction: Last week in Chapter 48, we studied how the focus returned to Israel. God again called His rebellious people to repent. If they would repent and return to God, He promised them peace.
Chapter 49 is a message from Jehovah for all to hear. It makes clear that He chose Israel and would deliver him. Moreover, God promised to judge the oppressors of His people. The greater truth is that God will fulfill His covenant promises to Israel and will exalt them as a nation in the Day of the Lord.
Isa 49:2 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;
Isa 49:3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.
The speaker here is God Himself. He is speaking on behalf of Israel. God describes how that He called and formed Israel into being His own. God did not merely claim Israel and they certainly did not choose God. All nations are called to bear witness that God created Israel for His own purpose.
The immediate context of the sword is Israel. There within is a foreshadow of Jesus Christ. Indeed, the word of our Lord is like unto a sharp sword or the polished shaft of an arrow in the quiver of the written Word of God. Though there was a clear glimpse of our Savior in the preceding verse, the direct context clearly is that of Israel. God chose Israel to bring glory to Him.
Israel, for short periods of time, in small numbers and great have glorified God. Those times were usually after God restored them from the judgment that He declared for their sakes. Israel was eventually cut off. They lost their land and their position both in this world and before God. He did so allowing a week of years to remain, to fulfill His divine purpose and will concerning them and for their sake.
There is a day coming when Israel, with a whole heart, will Glorify God in absolute unity for eternity. The principal thought is how that God called Israel to be His servant, to be His witness, and to glorify Him. It would benefit us to remember that Christ established the church and commissioned it to go forth and preach the Gospel to every creature to the glory of God and our Lord and Savior.
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