Summary: Isaiah's Redeemer (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reading: Isaiah chapter 49 verses 7- chapter 50 verse 3.
• 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”.