BIBLE: Isaiah Chapter 42 – Headline “The Reed’s Need”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Isaiah 42

The Servant of the Lord

Isaiah 42:1 “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold,
My Elect One (Chosen) in whom My soul delights!
I have put My Spirit upon Him;
He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.
Isaiah 42:He will not cry out, nor raise His voice,
Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.
Isaiah 42:A bruised reed He will not break,
And smoking flax (a dim burning candle wick) He will not quench (extinguish);
He will bring forth justice for truth.
  • In Hebrew, a “Reed” is a spear (probably for cutting the end sharp enough to throw and kill a man), literally it means “A Spear Man” or someone who pierces.
  • “Spear Men”: Leaders/soldiers who spear/pierce/crucify.
  • Matthew 12:18 “Behold! My Servant (Jesus) whom I have chosen,
    My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased!
    I will put My Spirit upon Him,
    And He will declare justice to the Gentiles.
    19 He will not quarrel nor cry out,
    Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.
    20 A bruised reed He will not break,
    And smoking flax He will not quench,
    Till He sends forth justice to victory;
    21 And in His name Gentiles will trust.”
  • Luke 23:34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them (the soldiers who nailed Him to the cross), for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.
  • Mark 15:39 So when the centurion, who stood opposite Him, saw that He cried out like this and breathed His last, he said, “Truly this Man was the Son of God!”
  • These soldiers were bruised reeds which Jesus chose not to break. (He did not use His power against them.)
Isaiah 42:He will not fail nor be discouraged,
Till He has established justice in the earth;
And the coastlands shall wait for His law.”
Isaiah 42:Thus says God the Lord (‘ēl Yᵊhōvâ),
Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it,
Who gives breath to the people on it,
And spirit to those who walk on it:
Isaiah 42:“I, the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), have called You in righteousness,
And will hold Your hand;
I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people,
As a light to the Gentiles,
Isaiah 42:To open blind eyes,
To bring out prisoners from the prison,
Those who sit in darkness from the prison house.
Isaiah 42:I am the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), that is My name;
And My glory I will not give to another,
Nor My praise to carved images.
Isaiah 42:Behold, the former things have come to pass,
And new things I declare;
Before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

Praise to the Lord

Isaiah 42:10 Sing to the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) a new song,
And His praise from the ends of the earth,
You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it (Lit. its fullness),
You coastlands and you inhabitants of them!
Isaiah 42:11 Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voice,
The villages that Kedar inhabits.
Let the inhabitants of Sela sing,
Let them shout from the top of the mountains.
Isaiah 42:12 Let them give glory to the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ),
And declare His praise in the coastlands.
Isaiah 42:13 The Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) shall go forth like a mighty man;
He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war.
He shall cry out, yes, shout aloud;
He shall prevail against His enemies.

Promise of the Lord’s Help

Isaiah 42:14 “I have held My peace a long time,
I have been still and restrained Myself.
Now I will cry like a woman in labor (childbirth),
I will pant and gasp at once.
Isaiah 42:15 I will lay waste the mountains and hills,
And dry up all their vegetation;
I will make the rivers coastlands,
And I will dry up the pools.
Isaiah 42:16 I will bring the blind by a way they did not know;
I will lead them in paths they have not known.
I will make darkness light before them,
And crooked places straight.
These things I will do for them,
And not forsake them.
Isaiah 42:17 They shall be turned back,
They shall be greatly ashamed,
Who trust in carved images,
Who say to the molded images,
‘You are our gods.’
Isaiah 42:18 “Hear, you deaf;
And look, you blind, that you may see.
Isaiah 42:19 Who is blind but My servant,
Or deaf as My messenger whom I send?
Who is blind as he who is perfect,
And blind as the Lord’s (Yᵊhōvâ) servant?
Isaiah 42:20 Seeing many things, but you do not observe;
Opening the ears, but he does not hear.”

Israel’s Obstinate Disobedience

Isaiah 42:21 The Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) is well pleased for His righteousness’ sake;
He will exalt the law and make it honorable.
Isaiah 42:22 But this is a people robbed and plundered;
All of them are snared in holes (Or trapped in caves),
And they are hidden in prison houses;
They are for prey, and no one delivers;
For plunder, and no one says, “Restore!”
Isaiah 42:23 Who among you will give ear to this?
Who will listen and hear for the time to come?
Isaiah 42:24 Who gave Jacob for plunder, and Israel to the robbers?
Was it not the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ),
He against whom we have sinned?
For they would not walk in His ways,
Nor were they obedient to His law.
Isaiah 42:25 Therefore He has poured on him the fury of His anger
And the strength of battle;
It has set him on fire all around,
Yet he did not know;
And it burned him,
Yet he did not take it to heart.

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