Read for This Week’s Study: Isa: 41:1-29, Isa: 42:1-7, Isa: 44:26-45:6, Isa: 49:1-12.
Memory Text: “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles” (Isaiah 42:1).
“Many feel that it would be a great privilege to visit the scenes of Christ’s life on earth, to walk where He trod, to look upon the lake beside which He loved to teach, and the hills and valleys on which His eyes so often rested. But we need not go to Nazareth, to Capernaum, or to Bethany, in order to walk in the steps of Jesus. We shall find His footprints beside the sickbed, in the hovels of poverty, in the crowded alleys of the great city, and in every place where there are human hearts in need of consolation. In doing as Jesus did when on earth, we shall walk in His steps.” — Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 640.
Isaiah spoke of a servant of the Lord with a similar mission of mercy: “a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; … to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness” (Isa: 42:3, Isaiah 42:7, NRSV).
Let’s take a look at this Servant. Who is He, and what does He accomplish?