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Summary: Isaiah's Redeemer (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

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Reading: Isaiah chapter 49 verses 7- chapter 50 verse 3.

Ill:

• When Lloyd C. Douglas, author of The Robe and other novels,

• Was a university student, he lived in a boarding house.

• Downstairs on the first floor was an elderly, retired music teacher,

• Who was infirm and unable to leave the apartment.

• Douglas said that every morning they had a ritual they would go through together.

• He would come down the steps, open the old man’s door,

• And ask, “Well, what’s the good news?”

• The old man would pick up his tuning fork; tap it on the side of his wheelchair and say,

“That’s middle C! It was middle C yesterday; it will be middle C tomorrow; it will be middle C a thousand years from now.

The tenor upstairs sings flat, the piano across the hall is out of tune,

but, my friend, THAT is middle C!”

• The old man had discovered one thing upon which he could depend:

• One constant reality in his life, one “still point in a turning world.”

For the Jewish people of Isaiah’s day;

• They too could experience one “still point in a turning world,”

• They had a God who was unchanging in his character,

• A God who was consistent in the way he treated them.

• A God who revealed his character to his people himself through descriptive names.

• Names that were word pictures.

• These could be easily understood & could bring encouragement & comfort to his people.

In this chapter (49) God uses a descriptive name:

• He calls himself Israel’s redeemer!

• In fact the word ‘redeemer’ occurs 11 times in Isaiah.

e.g. Chapter 49 verse 7:

“This is what the LORD says--the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel”

e.g. Chapter 49 verse 26b:

“Then all mankind will know that I, the LORD, am your Saviour, your Redeemer,

the Mighty One of Jacob”.

Quote: The Shaw Pocket Bible Handbook:

• Originally, it meant the payment of a price to secure the release of a prisoner of war.

• The word also came to be used for the release of a slave,

• And sometimes of a person under sentence of death (Exodus chapter 21 verses 28-30).

• Redemption always means the payment of a price to secure release.

The first 7 verses of Isaiah chapter 49:

• Have to do with the Servant of the Lord.

• This is a reference, a poetic prophecy concerning Jesus Christ.

• We know this because Simeon in Luke chapter 3 verse 25;

• Tells us these words were being fulfilled in Jesus.

• Now rather than rush through it;

• We are going to look at it in more detail in a few weeks time.

• For now, we will just note a couple of things,

• In a few weeks we will look at it in ore detail.

In these verses The servant is given several meaningful names;

(1). He is a weapon:

“He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver”.


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