“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” (Psalm 42:6–7)
Isaiah 42:1-2; 49:1-9; 50:4-11; 52:13:53-12 have been called Servant Songs or poems. These songs describe the Lord’s chosen Servant. The Servant serves the Lord in humility and faith, living righteously and helping the oppressed. The identity of this servant has been interpreted in various ways, including the nation Israel, the ideal Israel, various individuals, and the Messiah. When the Ethiopian eunuch asked Philip to explain Isaiah 53, Phillip gave the inspired interpretation of the early church by telling about Jesus.
The Servant’s Mission is described here. The Lord gave the Servant as a covenant to the people to be a light to the nations, bringing covenant to the people to be a light to the nations, bringing hope to those imprisoned by sin. God’s people are to take up Jesus’ servant role and extend His hope to all nations. To be covenant people of God is to be missionary people.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, this is most assuredly the Word of God which brings us salvation, but also moves the people of God onto the path of taking the Word of God, that also ushers us His people into becoming missionary people in the pursuit of redemption for all nations. All of us and more, are the ones who picked up where Jesus left this earth and went back to the kingdom, to prepare for the day He is to return. It is in this, that we pray that all people will receive and honor our relationship we have with You. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Character is doing what’s right when no one is looking!”
“What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task.” (1st Corinthians 3:5)
Christian are to accept their position in evangelism. We have no power in ourselves to save anyone. We are only servants, called to share the message and ministry of evangelization so people will look to Christ and thus, be saved.
“But thank be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, we are the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task? ” (2nd Corinthians 2:14-16)
What a profound responsibility Paul placed on believers! We are an aroma to the world of life or death. How essential for us to spread the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ in such a way as to bring life. We have God’s promise of victory—He leads us in His triumphal procession. We are utterly unequal to the task, but Christ gives us grace and power to evangelize with effect.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (2nd Corinthians5:20)
We are Christ’s representatives on earth. We speak for the King of heaven, or rather let Him speak through us. Our message is crystal clear: be reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ! Evangelization is not an option; it is our primary role as Christians.