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(Within the Book of the Prophet Isaiah we encounter four poetic sections known as the Songs of the Suffering Servant. The specific identity of this Servant of the Lord remains the topic of scholarly debate. Perhaps it refers to the prophet Isaiah himself, perhaps the entire nation of Israel, or possibly the promised Messiah. Christian faith sees these prophetic utterances fulfilled in the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Lord.
Because of the Christian identification of the Suffering Servant with Jesus, the four Servant Songs become a way of encountering the Lord during this Lenten Season. Not only do they give us a sense of the commitment and endurance that characterized his messianic ministry, but they become a way of touching the bruised face of the Messiah, of hearing the resolute determination that sustained him in the midst of trial, and of rejoicing with him in God's ultimate vindication of his calling and service.)
The second song, spoken in the Servant's own voice, tells of being selected from the womb to become God's mouthpiece and help renew the nation.
Take time with the second Servant Song today. Read Isaiah 49:1-7.
The prophet proclaims the call and destiny of the servant of the Lord, who is called and chosen to reveal the light of God to the world.
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