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A Brief Summary

Isaiah 49 acts as a key to a puzzle and assists a reader in knowing that the righteous suffering servant being spoken of in Isaiah 53, is not a nation – though rather one man (Christ/Messiah).

The two subject verses of Isaiah 49 read as follows;

3 And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”…
5 And now the LORD says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him— for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD, and my God has become my strength—’
(Isaiah 49:3, 49:5 ESV)

The Interpretation

What a person will notice is that ‘Israel’ is mentioned twice – once in verse 3, and then again in verse 5.

In verse 3, ‘Israel‘ is referring to one man being the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach), the ‘servant’.

Then in verse 5, the name ‘Israel‘ is no longer referring to a man, but is rather being used alongside the name ‘Jacob‘ – and both of these are referring to a fallen nation who are being ‘brought back’ and ‘gathered’ by the servant who is mentioned in verse 3, to G-d.

The verse has been colour coded above to assist in understanding context;

  • blue indicates ‘Israel’ being a single man as the righteous servant
  • red indicates ‘Israel’ and ‘Jacob’ being a fallen nation

 This interpretation assists in showing that the suffering ‘righteous servant’ of Isaiah 53 is indeed one man (the risen Christ/Messiah), and not a nation of many people.

There are certainly more chapters and verses to share from the holy book of Isaiah with regard to the topic of the suffering ‘righteous servant’ – however for the sake of brevity, perhaps these will be addressed at a later time, G-d willing.

May the Holy G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel; bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach (the Lord Jesus Christ). Omayn (Amen).

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“Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.” 

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 “Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Standard Version® (NIV®), copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™”

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