“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will ring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope.” (Isaiah42:1-4)
The purposes of God were to be most daringly fulfilled in the use of a servant in whom the presence and will of God resided. God revealed the particular way in which He would provide justice and complete His will on earth: the tender gift of a servant-leader. The servant would be an instrument of revelation because God’s Spirit would direct His life. Israel was blinded by their royal, political ambitions and did not learn to see their promised King as a suffering servant. Jesus centered His ministry and messianic understanding on the servant role, which became the center of biblical revelation.
God’s intention to establish justice in our world is clear. Matthew 12:18-21 reveals this passage refers to the Messiah. It follows that those who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and following Christ should be about Christ’s business of establishing justice. Like Jesus, we should not stop or become discouraged until it is established.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You sent the long awaited Messiah, yet people were looking for anything except a servant-leaders, though this was exactly what was needed then and is still needed as much today. As disciples of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we find not only the true Servant-Leader, we found the model to live by. Jesus lived the life of servanthood, and we all need to learn this lesson and model it in our own lives. Help us, Abba, to truly love one another as we want to be loved; help us to seek You in all of our lives; help us to see others not by skin color, but as fellow human beings, seeking and serving Christ through our words and our actions every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“By accepting God through Christ, we are also agreeing to be what we will be when Jesus returns!”
“Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.” (Amos5:14–15)
God always will be with His people when we are seeking justice—-when we are seeking good rather than evil. He holds us responsible for providing justice for all. Faithful disciples will go beyond mere actions; we will desire justice.
Justice will become a controlling motive in our lives. Neighbor love will express itself in justice for all others. It will never place selfish interests above the interests of others. When judgment is sure and wrath certain to afflict His people, God still issues the call to repent. God’s condemned people still have hope because of His mercy.
“With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Ill the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah6:6–8)
People do all manners of things to try to please God. Micah raised the question of priority for ll who desire God’s acceptance. God gave a clear answer. Pleasing Him requires a person to be rightly related to others. Nothing we bring to Him will be acceptable apart from a life characterized by properly motivated justice in relation to others. Our actions must result in justice for all people, not special privilege for a few. Our hearts must love mercy rather than demand justice for self. Beloved, every act must come from a relationship to and with God, making Him Lord and us His humble servants. God requires this of every person. The people of God are to b loving and merciful to all of their relationships. In this way, others will recognized God working through His people. Furthermore, people will look at you and see that you are one of His people.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Then he told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any.’ So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil’ ‘Sir, the man replied, leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bear fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’” (Luke13:6–9)
Beloved, discipleship requires involvement on our part, not lip service! Christ expects disciples to be fruitful and is patient, but His patience with fruitless disciples has limitations. We must be in His Word every day, not just occasionally. We must desire to be His servant and then follow through to do what He calls us to do, primarily by making disciples of those we come into contact with.
The similar story of the fig tree from Matthew 21:13, explains that God’s house was designed to provide free access to God not to oppress and to distract people away from God. Instead of concentrating on making money, those who appear at God’s house are to seek God’s glory. The prophets’ words (Isaiah56:7; Jeremiah 7:11) are a revelation of God’ s will, acted out by Christ. Christ used parts from two Scripture texts to show the total Scriptural application and to reveal Himself as purifier and Lord of the Temple. This is why we do not just read God’s Word as a book; rather, it is to help us understand the whole of Scripture and how it applies to our daily walks in faith.