April 5, 2020, Isaiah 42:1-9 – ISSL Reflection

I.
This week we turn to the Prophet Isaiah and hear him speak of his servant. As I start to listen to these words of the prophet I hear him speak of the servant, of God, the covenant, and behaviors the covenant calls for.

Take time to read over this passage and to open yourself to deeply hear it.

II.
Isaiah 42:1-9 (New Revised Standard Version)

Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.

He will not cry or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;

a bruised reed he will not break,
and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.

He will not grow faint or be crushed
until he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

Thus says God, the Lord,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people upon it
and spirit to those who walk in it:

I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness,
I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
I have given you as a covenant to the people,
a light to the nations,

to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.

I am the Lord, that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to idols.

See, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth,
I tell you of them.

III.
What have you heard?

“I have taken you by the hand and kept you, I have given you as a covenant to the people.”

How do you hear that today? Where are you today? Where will you be today?

Wherever you find yourself be on the lookout for God and His Servant taking you by the hand.

As he does that do you find any blindness healed? Do you sense any release from some dungeon?

We’ll talk later.

charles
{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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