-Chapter 42 begins with some Messianic prophesy with Isaiah calling Him, God’s Servant whom He upholds. He is the chosen One and God delights in Him as He brings justice to the nations. He will not have to cry out or raise His Voice in the street. In contrast to worldly conquerors, He will be a bruised reed that will love people rather than control them as He brings His justice. He will not be disheartened or crushed until He has established His Kingdom and Law. The Creator who gives breath and spirit to those who walk on the earth has called Him (the Messiah) in righteousness and will hold Him and watch over Him for protection. He (the Messiah) is appointed as a covenant to the people, all the people and nations, to open blind eyes and bring prisoners out from the dungeon. He makes their darkness light. God will not give His glory to another and is declaring new things prophetically. Therefore, sing a new song or praise unto the LORD from the end of the earth! Give Him glory unceasingly and declare His praise. The LORD goes forth like a warrior with His zeal as He prevails against His foes (Isaiah 42:1-13). *Application* Christ has answered all of these questions and incarnated all of these qualities. His first coming paid the price for our sin and He will come again with power to destroy the enemy. Trust in His Word.
-The LORD has kept silent and still for a long time restraining Himself. But, there is coming a time when He will lay waste the mountains and hills and wither all their vegetation. He will make the rivers into coastlands and dry up the ponds. He will lead the blind by a way they do not know as a guide in the Light. The rugged places will turn to plains. These are the awesome things God will do. He is overseeing it, and it will be left undone. Those who worship idols and graven images will be turned back and be utterly put to shame (Isaiah 42:14-17).
-Finally in this chapter, God attempts to wake people up through His prophet. The people continue to be deaf and blind despite His clear Word and direction. God says, “You have seen many things, but you do not observe them (Isaiah 42:18-20).” The LORD was pleased to make the Law great and glorious for His righteousness’ sake. But rejection of it has left His people plundered and despoiled and trapped in caves or hidden away in prisons. They have become a prey with none to deliver them. The LORD allowed this to occur because they sinned against Him and they would not walk in His ways to obey His Law. “So He poured out on him (Israel) the heat of His anger and the fierceness of battle; and it set him aflame all around, yet he (Israel) did not recognize it; and it burned him, but he paid no attention (Isaiah 42:21-25). *Application* God craves our attention. Going His way is always for our good and benefits us greatly. Walk in His statutes to gain His Divine favor and blessing. Remember than when He discipline you, it is for your good, so pay attention.
Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 42:6