THE ANOINTED SERVANT

Isa.12:1-3 – “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold,
My Elect One in whom My soul delights!
I have put My Spirit upon Him;
He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.
He will not cry out, nor raise His voice,
Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.
A bruised reed He will not break,
And smoking flax He will not quench;
He will bring forth justice for truth.”

Isaiah saw into the life of Jesus and the anointing of the Spirit in a far greater degree than the other Hebrew prophets. In this passage Isaiah declares specific characteristics of the earthly ministry of Jesus. He described Him as one whom the Lord would put His Spirit on. That is quite amazing. Isaiah saw Him as God in his famous Immanuel prophecy, he saw Him born of a virgin, and now he describes this Holy One in need of the anointing. Looking back at these prophecies is quite amazing; I imagine that for those reading these prophecies before Christ came it could be quite confusing. Isaiah showed the Lord providing justice (justification by faith) for the Gentiles, and His gentleness in his image of a smoking flax and a bruised reed. Here is a description of this passage from the Life in the Spirit Commentary.

“Matthew gives another summary of Jesus’ healing ministry and adds insights into the significance of that ministry, especially in regard to fulfillment of prophecy. Why did Jesus avoid the plotting Pharisees, whom he has provoked? Although Jesus can be confrontational, his ministry is not to “quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets”. The hostile reception in the synagogue gives occasion for Matthew to allude to Jesus’ ministry among the Gentiles, which is one of his frequent interests. Matthew cites Isaiah at this point, introduced with his often-used phrase, “This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet.” Jesus’ fulfillment of prophecy is ever on the mind and heart of Matthew. The “bruised reed” and “smoldering wick” correspond to Jesus’ compassion on those who were healed and who followed him.”

The anointing on Jesus was unparalleled. He healed the sick, drove out demons, raised the dead, preached like no other man, and performed numerous unthinkable miracles. He told us He reserved the greater works for us. Today, the anointing is flowing out from Jesus to all who are thirsty. We too can become His anointed servants.

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