Isaiah 49 ✒️ Go Forth

May 11, 2024 • Dr. Dave Burnette

1 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.

 2And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;

 3And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.

 4Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God.

 5And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength.

 6And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

 7Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.

 8Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;

 9That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.

 10They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.

 11And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted.

 12Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.

 13Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.

 14But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.

 15Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.

 16Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

 17Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.

 18Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.

 19For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away.

 20The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell.

 21Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?

 22Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.

 23And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.

 24Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?

 25But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.

 26And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

COMMENTARY by Dr. Dave Burnette

Written By: God through Inspiration

Penned By: Isaiah

Date Penned: (700-681 BC)

Overview: To Tell of God's Salvation through the Messiah (c 1-66)

Theme: Words of Comfort (c 40-66)

Message: God's Servant Will Be a Light (v 1-26)

Isaiah 49 Commentary 

(49:1-7) The Light of the Gospel - Before the servant, the Messiah, was born in Bethlehem, God had already chosen him to bring the light of the gospel--the message of salvation--to the world (see Luke 2:30- 32). Jesus offered salvation to all nations, and his apostles began the missionary movement to take this gospel to the ends of the earth (see Acts 13:47). Today, mission work continues Jesus' great commission (Matthew 28:18-20), taking the light of the gospel to all nations. Do you support evangelism and missionary efforts with your money? Do you have talents or other resources to help spread the message of Jesus? God wants you to be involved. What can you do? 

(49:8) Perfect Timing - God's timing is perfect. Paul said, "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly" (Romans 5:6; see also 1 Timothy 6:15). We may not understand his timing until long after the fact. His answer to our requests can be yes, no, or wait, but he knows what is best for all his children. Trust his timing. 

(49:13) Rejoice - Isaiah calls for the heavens, earth, and mountains to rejoice. Paul said that all creation is subjected to God's curse and looks forward to the day when it will be free from death and decay (Romans 8:20-21). The psalm writer called for the heavens to rejoice and the earth to be glad, including the sea, fields and crops, and forest (Psalm_96:11-12). When Jesus made his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the Pharisees told him to rebuke the people who were praising him, but Jesus replied that if the people didn't praise him, then the stones would (Luke 19:40). One day, when Jesus returns and creates new heavens and a new earth, we will experience universal rejoicing (2 Peter 3:13). We can look forward to that and begin rejoicing now. 

(49:14-15) God Never Forgets - The people of Israel felt that God had forgotten and forsaken them in Babylon, but Isaiah assured them that God would never forget them, just as a loving mother would not forget her baby. When we feel that God has forsaken us, we must do some self-evaluation and ask if we have forsaken and forgotten him (see Deuteronomy 31:6). 

(49:24-25) Doing the Impossible - God would prove to the world that he is God by doing the impossible-causing warriors to set their captives free and having these warriors return the plunder they had taken from the captives! God had done this before at Israel's exodus from Egypt, and he would do it again when the exiles returned to Israel. Never should we doubt that God will fulfill his promises. He will even do the impossible to make them come true.

LIFE APPLICATION by Dr. Dave Burnette

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Isaiah with Chapter 49. Today's text shows that the future Redeemer, as God's Servant, will be a light. What caught my eye was verse 9, which says to go forth to those in darkness. In applying, we see a need to Go Forth and tell others what the Lord has done for us so we may shed some light on a dark and lost world. How about you? Do you see the need to Go Forth? Let us learn from our text today that our Lord is light, and we are asked to Go Forth and shine the light of Jesus in a world of darkness.

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