Wrestling with Truth — June 17, 2012 — Servant

Useful Outlines on the concept of  “Servant’ in the Servant Songs of Isaiah.

Servant Songs
Is 42:1-9 Call Chosen Servant Character
Is 49:1-7 Commission Mission of the Servant Calling
Is 50:4-11 Commitment Steadfast Obedient Servant Work
Is 52:12 – 53:13 Consummation Suffering Servant Fate
Is 52: 13-15 The Servant’s Destiny
Is 53:1-3 The Servant’s Career
Is 53:4-6 The Servant’s Sufferings
Is 53:7-9 The Servant’s Submission
Is 63:10-12 The Servant’s Reward
ALL Israel
MANY The Loyal Remnant
FEW God-fearers and Disciples of Jesus
ONE Christ Crucified; The One Individual Servant
FEW The Apostles; the 120, the 3000, the 5000
MANY New Testament Church; Vital Christians in All Denominations
ALL Universal Kingdom of God

Observation:    Later in New Testament times, the apostle Philip met an Ethiopian on the road in Gaza and was able to explain to him how Jesus is the fulfillment of this special Servant prophecy of Isaiah.  In addition, Philip was able to be God’s servant in this situation.  Read the account from Acts below . . .

(Acts 8:27-38 NIV)  So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, {28} and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. {29} The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” {30} Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. {31} “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. {32} The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. {33} In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” [quotation from Isaiah 53]  {34} The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” {35} Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. {36} As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” {37}  {38} And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.


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