This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
—–– Servant —––
The servant, suffering or otherwise, of the great prophetic book of Isaiah, has provided a grand conundrum to the entire Judeo-Christian world for a mighty long time now.
Jews hold it to refer exclusively to Israel, with Christians identifying that servant as as Jesus the Christ.
How can we be sure which? Is this a case of mutual exclusivity?
Could it, or even should it be in fact a melding of the two?
Who really cares?
Jehovah certainly does and so may we.
So, allow Jehovah to identify the servant, as He does so eloquently and lovingly in the context of their prophesied destruction and promise of repurchase:
(Isaiah 41:8-9) 8 “But you, O Israel, are my servant, you, O Jacob, whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend; 9 you, whom I have taken hold of from the extremities of the earth, and you, whom I have called even from the remote parts of it. And so I said to you, ‘you are my servant; I have chosen you, and I have not rejected you.. . .
Further he speaks to His servant in connection with the universal challenge Jehovah issues to all and sundry man-made gods:
(Isaiah 43:10) 10 “you are my witnesses,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “even my servant whom I have chosen, . . .
(Isaiah 43:12) . . .So you are my witnesses,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “and I am God.. . .
(Isaiah 44:6. 8) 6 “This is what Jehovah has said, the King of Israel and the Repurchaser of him, Jehovah of armies, . . . 8 . . .And you are my witnesses. Does there exist a God besides me? No, there is no Rock. I have recognized none.’”
The man Jesus in his total substitution for Jehovah's firstborn son Israel, becomes that Servant Israel in all respects in microcosm from his coming out of Egypt via his life of obedience to the Law, his baptism for the forgiveness of their collective sins, 40 days (day for a year) in the wilderness culminating in their deserved death in the person of Jesus.
This is a complete melding of the reality of Jehovah's servant and firstborn son Israel with that of the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus their Atonement and Passover Lamb so beautifully alluded to by the inspired Isaiah.
In short: The Israel of God, the anointed (christian) congregation drawn from redeemed Israel and other nations and tribes, having returned to the overseer of their souls Jehovah through purchase, are both the servant and the light to the nations.
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