The second Servant Song of Isaiah begins with the LORD’s Servant calling for the Gentiles and peoples from afar to listen and pay careful attention. He declares that He was given a mysterious mission by the LORD from before He was born.
The second Servant Song of Isaiah continues as the LORD’s Servant reveals a dialogue between Himself and the LORD where the Servant seems to lament that He failed to achieve His mission.
The Book of Isaiah is the first and longest book of prophecy in the Bible. Its sixty-seven chapters make it the Bible’s second longest book after the Psalms. Isaiah’s message is one of the LORD’s justice and grace. Written 700 years before Christ, its prophecies concern the geopolitical events during the reign of King Hezekiah who was a contemporary of Isaiah, the Babylonian exile, Judah’s return, and the end times. The book of Isaiah also contains numerous prophecies about the Messiah’s birth, mission, character, suffering, and triumph.
The entire chapter of Isaiah 49 is “a Servant Song of Servant Songs”. There are four distinct songs in total. In the first song within the Song, the Servant reveals a dialogue between Himself and the LORD which shows that Israel’s rejection of the Messiah will bring about the salvation of the Gentiles. The second song within the Song, is the LORD and the Servant promising blessings to Israel. The third song within the Song, Israel expresses doubts, but the LORD assures their salvation will come. In the fourth and final song within the Song, the LORD promises victory over Israel’s enemies. This chapter is Isaiah’s second “Servant Song”.