The Isaiah 42 Prophecy

In the time I've spent in the online ministry, I've come across people who hold to doctrines of nearly every kind. That being stated, during this time I've yet to meet someone (who claims the title of "Christian") who does not agree that Isaiah 42 is a prophecy concerning the Messiah and what He will accomplish in His ministry. In fact, Matthew 12:15-20 directly references this prophecy as proof that Yeshua (Jesus) is the prophesied Messiah!

I hope that it's pretty clear for all to see... But in reading this scripture, somehow verse 21 and 24 are often ignored in the reference, and I'd like to encourage everyone to take just a few minutes to read this prophecy again and truly let the Word of the Most High sink in.

Isaiah 42

1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

5 Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:

6 I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

8 I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

10 Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.

11 Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.

12 Let them give glory unto the Lord, and declare his praise in the islands.

13 The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.

14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.

15 I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.

16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.

17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.

18 Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.

19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the Lord's servant?

20 Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.

21 The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.

22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.

23 Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?

24 Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the Lord, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law.

25 Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.

Now, let's take a look at the way in which the New Testament authors referenced this scripture as proof that Yeshua is the prophesied Messiah...

Matthew 12:15-20

15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;

16 And charged them that they should not make him known:

17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.

20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

It seems quite clear now, that the writers of the New Testament believed that the Messiah is the fulfillment of this prophecy, and all that this prophecy contains. The Messiah came "not to destroy, but to fulfill" the law, or magnify it, as Isaiah states clearly in chapter 42.

May we all continue to carefully consider the Truth that the Messiah brought in His teachings. We must always remember that it was obedience to the instructions of the Most High that made Yeshua our perfect sacrificial lamb, and that if He were to break any of His Father's perfect, holy and righteous instructions, He would have failed in His mission.

He came to shed light to the gentiles, the lost sheep of the House of Israel, and provoke jealousy among the House of Judah - by His example and the example of His followers. Is it any surprise then, that He did this by perfectly walking out Yah's instructions in spirit and truth?

"Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." -Psalm 119:105

I pray this message blesses you all, and spurs you on to emulate the righteous example given by our Messiah and all of His true disciples. After all, Yeshua told us plainly, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments" and "he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me."



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