(Vs. 1) HIS CONDESCENSION. "Behold my servant;" the Messiah, who was with God, who is God, and "who thought it not robbery to be equal with God, made himself of no reputation and took upon Him the form of a SERVANT" (Phil. 2:6-8). He is the servant, not of angels and men, but of the Divine Father, who chose Him, called Him, and sent Him to accomplish the redemption of His people. "Whom I uphold," strengthen and help as man and mediator so that He did not sink under the weight of the sins of His people and the wrath of God. "Mine elect."
(Vs. 4) HIS SUCCESS. "He shall not fail nor be discouraged." What the Father purposed, the Son purchased and the Spirit applied. How can It even be imagined that our God should fail to accomplish His redemptive will and work? (Isa. 46:9-11; 53:10-11; John 6:37-39). "Till He have set judgment in the earth." He fully satisfied the justice of God for the sins of His people, settled and sent His gospel to call out His people, and sat down at the right hand of majesty till all that He purposed and performed shall be done. "The isles (islands, distant countries, and all nations) in hope wait for His word of grace," for He shall have a people from them all (Psalm 110:1-3).
(Vs. 5-7) HIS ASSIGNMENT. How often our Lord Jesus referred to "the work Thou gavest me to do" (John 4:34; 9:4; 17-14).
2. "I have called and sent the Messiah in righteousness," or in a righteous manner consistent with God's perfections (Psalm 85:10-13). Christ came a holy person (Heb. 7:25-26) and fully obeyed God's law (Rom. 5:19).
3. Christ was held, kept, sustained, and given to us as the surety, mediator, sum and substance of God's everlasting covenant of grace (Heb. 13:20-21). All the blessings and promises of the covenant are in Him, by Him, and given through Him (Heb. 10:14-18).
4. "He came to open blind eyes," spiritually blind, to enable them by His gospel to see the sinfulness of sin, their need of a Saviour, and WHO HE IS! "To set the prisoners free;" prisoners of sin, shut up to unbelief, and under the judgment of the broken law, in the darkness of spiritual death and ignorance (Luke 4:17-18) . "If the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.
(Vs. 10-12) HIS PRAISE. These verses are summed up briefly in one phrase, "Let them give glory unto the Lord and declare His praise" (Psalm 150).
(Vs. 13-15) HIS VICTORY OVER HIS ENEMIES. The Lord, for many ages, has permitted satan, idolators, and rebels to go to and fro. He will one day roar, destroy, and devour them at once. The last enemy, death, shall one day be destroyed, and righteousness shall reign universally.
(Vs. 16-21) HIS REDEMPTIVE GLORY. Verses 16-18 are spoken of the GENTILES, who shall be made to see and hear what they have never seen and heard; and Verses 19-20 refer to the JEWS, who are called the servants and messengers of God and who claim to see and be perfect. But none are so blind and deaf as those who think they see and hear but do not! "But the Lord is well pleased!! (Vs. 21) for the obedience and righteousness of the Lord Jesus, who in life and death MAGNIFIED God's law and made it honorable. There is nothing so important to any who would know God as to be taught by God's Spirit three things: (1) The holiness of our God, (2) the sinfulness and inability of our flesh, and (3) the righteousness of God effectually and sufficiently displayed in and wrought out by our Lord Jesus (II Cor. 5:21; Rom. 10:1-4).
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