February 2011 Devotion MP3

Isaiah 49:3 He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor. (NIV) (ESV – in whom I will be glorified)”


A. The focus of tonight’s devotion is on Isaiah 49:3.

1. What did God teach and how did it affect His people then?
2. How do we understand this verse today?
3. What can you take home tonight from this verse?

II. Body

A. What did God teach and how did it affect His people then?

1. God’s servant will restore Israel and be glorified in His servant.
2. God was bringing hope to His exiled people, a hope of restoration/salvation.

B. How do we understand this verse today?

1. It speaks of Jesus the Messiah.

a. True Israel
b. Abraham’s seed
c. Show that it is Jesus.

Isaiah 49:6 he says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. (point) I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

The Servant Israel is a person distinct from Jabob/Israel in this context. So it is not speaking of the same “Israel” twice. This verse is quoted in Acts 13.

Acts 13:46-48 Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: “We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. 47 For this is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’ 48 When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.

John 17:4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.

2. Christians should rejoice in Jesus (think about Israel above).

a. Not restored from exile, but saved from sin.
b. Present the Gospel.
c. Unbeliever-believe the Gospel & live. Believer-are you living for God’s glory?

III. Closing

C. What can you take home tonight from this verse?

1. Exhortation- John 15:8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (We are Christ’s body.)
2. A new born baby in Sunday School this morning. The glory of that family.
3. Jesus has saved you. Does your life reflect His glory?

a. Only God knows your heart. Pray through your weekly activities seeking to discern where your life is not reflecting His glory. Do others know you are a Christian? Why/why not?
b. What is your motivation for making decisions? Yourself? To be seen? Or Christ?
c. What does your life (actions/thought) look like when you are alone and not around or Christians?

Consider and trust these words from Jesus.

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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