Gardenstown Church in Aberdeenshire last Sunday with some spectacular light before ending up in the pathway of some inclement weather that later brought thunder, lightning and heavy rain.

In the last few days I have been unwell and unable to write. After much thought and prayer I will not be writing any new material for a couple of days. Thus this week will be a re-posting of my “Servant King” series which I hope will bless you this week.

13 Behold, My servant will prosper,
He will be high and lifted up and greatly exalted.
14 Just as many were astonished at you,
So His appearance was marred more than any man
And His form more than the sons of men.
15 Thus He will sprinkle many nations,
Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him;
For what had not been told them they will see,
And what they had not heard they will understand.

Isaiah 52:13-15 (NASB)

Today I tentatively begin a series on the famous fifty-third chapter of Isaiah, I say tentatively because when I read this scripture I feel I am in the holiest of scriptures. In it I find my Lord and Saviour with His face set towards a hill hundreds of years in the future, and His mission to save not just Israel but all humanity from sin. The Book of Isaiah is said to be clearest description of the God’s plan of Redemption in the Old Testament; detailing the many sins and judgements of His people and then leading to the promised Messiah. Indeed the key word in Isaiah is salvation as seen in Isaiah 12:2, “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid;.” As I read Isaiah 53 and the surrounding verses I could see clearly that the final three verses of Isaiah 52 are misplaced, and should really be the first three verses of Isaiah 53. In further study I found that many commentaries arrive at the same conclusion; thus our study begins in Isaiah 52:13-15.

Isaiah 52:13 begins ” Behold, My servant ” which could be paraphrased in modern parlance, “look, see My Servant.” Almighty God is calling all to attention, introducing His Son, His Servant. I do not like the next phrase “… will prosper“, in my opinion the KJV “shall deal prudently” is more accurate in relation to the root meaning of the Hebrew text. It clearly shows our Lord doing ALL things well, in complete wisdom. Our Lord is lifted high three times in this text; first at Calvary’s cross, then by His Father from the grave and, finally by all who see Him as Lord and Saviour. In this final group there are even those who denied or doubted Him, whose eyes are opened to the reality of Redemption.

I was particularly moved by Isaiah 52:14, it paints a harrowing scene before us of brutality, pain and anguish. Have you ever seen pictures of someone who has been badly beaten? I have seen the aftermath of such brutality first-hand, it is not pretty. In Luke 22:63-65 we see such a beating given to our Lord by the soldiers, as i ponder this scene it brings tears to my eyes. He is in the midst of a jeering, swearing crowd of burly soldiers, being spat on and punched countless times; you can be sure they broke some bones. Those that were “astonished” were His followers either close to Him or from afar (like Joseph of Arimathea?), but the Hebrew text defines it as being devastated or spiritually destitute. Dear reader, can you imagine the pain of these folk, as they watched in disbelief as their Lord was crucified?

Isaiah 52:15 pulls us out of grief and into the glorious hope of Redemption (Propitiation!) that has been achieved by the cruel cross, death and resurrection of our Lord. The Servant King brings Salvation to not just the chosen people of Israel, but to ALL nations of the earth. Many are silenced as the reality of who He is and what He has achieved for them dawns on their hearts. What was unseen before is clearly seen now, by His disciples and many other peoples.

Dear reader, what we have in this passage is a foretaste of what Isaiah 53 has to tell us. Here the glorious gospel of Salvation is presented to us, are we saved by it, are we silenced by it, do we kneel before Him today?

23 thoughts on “The Servant King – Part 1

  1. Dear brother Alan, I’m so sorry to hear that you haven’t been well and am praying for you. You do not need to reply. Sending much love, prayers and blessings in our Lord to you and your family. Prayers for a speedy recovery!

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  2. Hi brother Alan! So sorry to hear that you have not been well and for not speaking with you, I have not been on blogging over the weekend. Will be praying for you and for complete healing! God bless you brother, take some much needed rest and know that you have a great family in Christ who are praying for you. God bless 😊

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  3. I’m sorry your not feeling well. I will be praying.

    Dear Father God, I pray you minister to Alan and Susan in their time of need. Through your Holy Spirit give them endurance, encouragement, sweet rest, and strength. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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    1. Thank you Manette. It has been a difficult few days, but praise God that my symptoms have eased. I now have medication to help the recovery, and hopefully I will be able to take up my domestic duties. God bless you dear sister.


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