Lesson 9 • Due 2/1/19

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TEXT • ISAIAH 49:1–16

JV • SUMMARY & READING

Messiah is coming into sharper and sharper focus as we move through Isaiah.

Isaiah 49:3 is a bit confusing though! It says, “He said to Me, ‘You are My Servant, Israel, In Whom I will show My glory.’”

Wait—who are we talking about here? He seems to be clearly describing Jesus prophetically, yet he says, “Israel.”

I like this explanation from The Bible Knowledge Commentary:
Why is the Servant here called Israel? This cannot refer to the nation because the Servant is to draw that nation back to God. The Messiah is called Israel because He fulfills what Israel should have done. In His person and work He epitomizes the nation.

Let me repeat this: As we see in verse 3—God called Israel by the amazing title “My Servant” and invited the nation into the greatest mission possible: to represent Him in the world! Israel should have been a light to the nations. Israel should have faithfully directed people to God. Israel should have stayed pure, strong, and true in her relationship with God. But sadly, the nation failed to live up to her calling and promise. So, God personally came as Messiah to do what Israel failed to do—bring salvation to the corners of the earth!

PRAYER: We are called to continue the mission and ministry of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is in us to be His witnesses. We are called by Jesus’ own Name! What an amazing opportunity we have. Let’s pray that we carry through with our calling.

VARSITY • QUESTIONS & CROSS REFERENCES

In this passage we see that Messiah will… [match the NT passage listed at the bottom]

• be called from the womb_____

• have a mouth that is a sharp sword_____

• have God’s glory upon Him_____

• be rejected—but then rewarded by God_____

• bring back his people_____

• not just save Israel—but be a light to the Gentiles! _____

• be given as a Covenant_____

• have us inscribed on the palms of His hands_____

a) Matthew 17:2
b) Matthew 22:33–34, 46
c) Luke 1:31
d) Luke 15:4–7
e) Luke 22:20
f) John 20:24–28
g) Acts 13:47–48
h) Acts 2:23–24, 32–33

TEXT • ISAIAH 50:1–11

VARSITY • QUESTIONS & CROSS REFERENCES

In this passage, Isaiah’s prophecies parallel the Gospel story. Look up each cross reference—and see how it points to Jesus and the Gospel. Write a short description.

50:1 • Isaiah describes how Israel was sent into exile to Babylon because of her sin

• Romans 6:23 __________

• Colossians 2:13–14 __________

50:2–3 • Isaiah describes how even though God had demonstrated His awesome might in parting the Red Sea, His people wouldn’t turn to Him for salvation.

• Romans 3:10–11 __________

50:4 • Messiah’s words will teach the willing disciple and sustain him.

• John 6:68 __________

• John 14:27 __________

50:4 • The Messiah will Himself seek God daily—morning by morning.

• Mark 1:35 __________

50:5–6 • Messiah will obediently carry out His mission, even as He is attacked and beaten—His beard plucked out, and spat upon in shame.

• Mark 14:65 __________

50:7 • Messiah’s face would be “set like flint”—He would be totally determined to complete His mission, knowing that He would ultimately succeed.

• Luke 9:51 __________

50:8–9 • Messiah will simply trust God to help and vindicate Him. His defense would come from God alone.

• Matthew 26:62–64 __________

WRAP UP:

50:10 • Messiah offers light to those in darkness. They simply must hear the voice of the Servant, fear God, trust in the name of the Lord, and rely on God.

• Messiah ransoms, redeems, & restores
• Messiah teaches disciples
• Messiah seeks God morning by morning
• Messiah would be rejected: back stuck, beard plucked, spat upon, humiliated
• Yet He is vindicated, and not ashamed!