Who Is The Servant Of The Lord?
Tikkun, Featured Blog by Moshe Morrison, June 11, 2019
To commemorate Israel’s 60th anniversary in 2008, the nation’s antiquities department put the famous Isaiah scroll on display at the Israel Museum. Discovered in 1947, this 2,100 year old manuscript is the only complete book of the Bible found at Qumran.
Because of its inestimable value it has not been on display since 1967. The Isaiah scroll is one of the seven scrolls found by the Bedouin shepherd boy looking for a stray goat among the barren cliffs overlooking the Dead Sea. He had no idea, that on the eve of Israel’s re-birth he was to find the words of the prophet announcing, “Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth.” In less than a year’s time, the world would have an answer to Isaiah’s brash challenge, “Can a nation be born in a day?”
Isaiah looked forward to an even greater event than the re-gathering of the nation; in the Spirit he saw the coming of “the Root of Jesse, the Prince of Peace, the Righteous Servant who will justify many and bear their iniquities.” Who is this Righteous servant? In this article, Moshe Morrison prepares the way of the Lord by removing the stones of misunderstanding surrounding His identity.
The identity of the Servant of the Lord described in Isaiah remains a nexus of controversy for our people. As a rallying point against the startling correspondence to the life and ministry of Yeshua, many of our leaders have dismissed these claims by emphasizing those servant passages that clearly define Israel as The Servant of the Lord. Such a claim is too simplistic and ignores the clear overlay of Servant Israel with “The righteous Servant”, Messiah. Let’s look at a few passages that delineate between the two.
Isaiah 41:8-9 admonishes God’s servant, who is clearly identified here as the corporate nation of Israel, not to fear the myriad of enemies that surround them. The Lord will not forsake His servant. He promises victory over those that come against Israel. Ironically, this same word ends with a rebuke. God cannot locate anyone within the nation to intercede on its behalf – Israel has been completely corrupted by idolatry (Isaiah 41:28-29).