New for Old

9 11 2011

One of the great advantages for modern Bible readers is that we have the New Testament, because often we need its insights to understand the Old.  This is true of the book of Isaiah.

Isaiah is a prophet whose writing is poetically infused with three themes – judgement, comfort and hope.  His writings feature someone called “My Servant” who at times is the people of Israel, and at times is an individual.

In Matthew 12, the section of Isaiah 42 about the Servant is applied to Jesus.  He is God’s chosen one who brings restoration, justice, compassion, comfort and hope…

“And his name will be the hope
      of all the world.”

Dare we believe this?

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