In this preface to Isaiah’s third “Servant Song” the LORD chastises one generation of Israel from following the same adulterous and idolatrous sins of her mother (a previous generation of Israel).
Isaiah begins his third Servant Song prophesying about the Messiah. It is in the voice of the Servant, who reveals that He is a disciple and follower of the LORD God.
Isaiah continues his third Servant Song prophesying about the Messiah. It is in the voice of the Servant, who declares that the LORD God helps Him, therefore He will not be disgraced. Because of this, the Servant is resolved like flint to obey the LORD’s will.
The Servant is able to trust and obey God through hardships, because the Lord is near Him and the Lord will vindicate Him. The Servant challenges anyone who does not believe His true identity to stand up to argue against Him in court with God as the judge.
Isaiah ends the third Servant Song describing two types of men who walk in darkness. The first type fears the LORD but has no light of his own. Isaiah encourages this man to trust in the Messiah.
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.
This chapter contains Isaiah’s third “Servant Song”. The LORD chastises Israel for following the sins of their ancestors and reminds them of His power to save. Then in the third Servant Song, the Messiah is revealed to be a faithful follower and spokesperson for the LORD. He will obey the LORD even when He is humiliated and tortured. Those who oppose Him will think they are doing the LORD a favor, but they are following their own wickedness. The LORD will vindicate His Servant and judge those acted according to their wickedness instead of having faith in the LORD.