Isaiah 49: I Have Engraved You on the Palm of My Hands

(26 verses, 3:06 to read)
What I am about to READ
  • After many of the previous readings have focused on the redemption and return from Babylon, this reading has a primary focus on the Lord’s Servant, the true and faithful Israel, and His salvation to both Israel and all nations
  • 1-3: Christ is designated as the true Israel, the true Servant, the one who will be faithful (as Israel wasn’t).  He will be named as Mediator before birth and His words will be a double edged sword
  • 4-8: This section emphasizes the promise that His Word and Lordship will not and does not fail.  Why does this promise need emphasized over and over again in the Scriptures? Because of obvious rejection and the seeming ineffectiveness of His Word
  • 9-12: This seems be mixing the day of redemption with the Great Day of the Lord’s return.  It’s helpful to consider the connection between these two days.
  • 13-17: As His Word is rejected so often and thus His people need to be assured of the efficacy of the Word, so His Church is often afflicted and she needs to be reminded that the Lord has and cannot forget her.
  • 18-23: This is a promise that the Church, both the Church Triumphant (those who have died in Christ) and the Church Militant (those still living in this vale of tears) is much larger than we think.  Those who wait on the Lord will not be ashamed.  Christ will gather His own soon.
  • 24-26: Finally, this connects the previous readings with this reading.  That is to say, the redemption from Babylon is a type of God’s redemption of all His people.
  • Lord, I, like Israel, have been unfaithful.  Yet, Your Son has been faithful for me.  I confess that I too often believe that You forget about me, my congregation, and family.  Yet, You say, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?Even these may forget,  yet I will not forget you.”  Help me to see the foundation of this promise in the crucifixion of Your Son as He has spoken through Isaiah, “I have engraved you on my hands.”  Strengthen my faith in the promises of His Words for, though they too often seem spoken and preached in vain, they will not fail to accomplish the purpose for which You sent them.
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC



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