Sunday, December 24, 2017

Servant-Savior (Part IV)

"Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me." (Isaiah 49:22-23)

When Isaiah wrote this, numerous Gentile kings had already molested the nation. Nebuchadnezzar would soon come and lay Jerusalem waste thus beginning officially "the times of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24)." In 70 AD, the nation would once again be brought to its knees as the Roman general Titus utterly destroyed Jerusalem. Yet, for all this, God promises a change in the future. In the kingdom, Israel will not be the ruled but the ruler. Under the headship of her Messiah, she will be the chief nation of the world. This does not mean that the nations will be abused by Israel as they have abused her. The chief Shepherd is not an abuser but a healer. It means that the world's peoples will no longer be permitted to take lightly God's established order and plan. Instead, the Lord's covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will be fully honored and the Lord will become the head of all as the nations serve Him (Psalm 2).

"Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob." (Isaiah 49:24-26)

Again, the Spirit asks a rhetorical question. Is it normal for a strong nation to let its captives go free without ransom? Of course not. Yet, God promises to release Israel. Her sin had made her a lawful captive, and it continues to keep her in bonds; but the Lord promises to bring deliverance from the sin and its bondage.

The violence of the enemy's overthrow calls to mind the devastation of the world's armies at the Battle of Armageddon. The Servant-Savior came in peace at His first coming, but His second advent will witness His righteous indignation as He comes to vindicate His righteousness, liberate His chosen people and establish His rightful place on this earth as Savior and King.

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