Isaiah 49, Romans 15:7 – 22
The Greater Deliverance: The Work of the Servant (49–55)
The emphasis on the sinfulness of Israel (48:1–8), the unexpected interjection from the Servant (48:16), and the assertion that the people have come back from Babylon but still need to be brought back to the Lord (48:22), prepare us for chapters 49–55, the redeeming work of the Servant. He is given a double task relating to Israel and to the world (49:5–6), and when he has performed the great work of sin-bearing (52:13–53:12) the call goes out to Zion (54:1ff.) and the world (55:1ff.) to enter gladly and freely into what he has done.
Motyer, J. A. (1999). Isaiah: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 20, p. 347). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
I The Father’s encouragement to the Son
II The Son’s encouragement to the Church
My name from the palms of His hands eternity will not erase;
Impressed on His heart it remains, in marks of indelible grace.
I delivered thee when bound,
and, when wounded, healed thy wound;
sought thee wandering, set thee right,
turned thy darkness into light.
Can a woman’s tender care
cease towards the child she bare?
Yes, she may forgetful be,
yet will I remember thee.
III The Church’s surprising success.