Isaiah 42: 1-9

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope.”

This is what God the Lord says–he who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it:  “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

“I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols. See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”

A Thought

God had given Abraham a covenant that as long as he and all his future generations would serve him, he would be their God. In this covenant God had chosen Israel to be his servant–to serve him, to preserve his word to all generations, and to be his light in the world, instead Israel chose to follow worthless gods in rebellion. God is always faithful to his promises even when we are not faithful to ours. Now God declares a new covenant:  He will make another servant who will establish justice on earth and set the captives free. He will be a light to all people including the Gentiles. This new covenant is made possible by the Lord, Jesus the Christ.

Our Prayer

Father thank you for sending your Son, Jesus the Christ to be our blood covenant to redeem us back to you. Help us to remain faithful to you through obedience to your word. Help us to share our faith in you to all generations so they may receive your love and forgiveness made possible to all who will receive and follow you in faith. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.