Reading 2 – A Light for the Nations
Isaiah 42:1-10 ESV (Matthew 12:15-21)
In Isaiah 42 the Prophet Isaiah presents the second of his ‘Servant Songs.” The servant is pictured here as the bringer and restorer of justice – all which symbolize the coming messiah as the ‘new covenant’ and ‘light of the nations.’ During the advent season we celebrate the birth of Jesus as that promised Messiah. A light for the gentiles and a new song to the ends of the earth for us to sing.
Behold my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
He will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be discouraged
till he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his law.
Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it:
“I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness;
I will take you by the hand and keep you;
I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations,
to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.
I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to carved idols.
Behold, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth I tell you of them.”
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise from the end of the earth.