Isaiah 42:6-9 (NASB)
“I am the Lord, I have called You in righteousness,
I will also hold You by the hand and watch over You,
And I will appoint You as a covenant to the people,
As a light to the nations,
To open blind eyes,
To bring out prisoners from the dungeon
And those who dwell in darkness from the prison.
I am the Lord, that is My name;
I will not give My glory to another,
Nor My praise to idols.
Behold, the former things have come to pass,
Now I declare new things;
Before they sprout I proclaim them to you.”
This is one of a number of Isaiah's suffering-servant songs. The Messiah, Jesus, is referred to as God's righteous servant. He is the only One who was truly righteous when God called Him to take on the task of redeeming fallen mankind. Here God promised to take hold of the hand of His children. In this passage, He promises to take the Messiah by the hand. It is comforting to know that just as God held the hand of Jesus and walked with Him, He will take our hand and walk with us.
God did keep Jesus from all the plots against His life. The final covenant with man was made in Jesus' blood. The previous covenants that were sealed in blood all looked forward to this final covenant in the sinless blood of Christ. His lifeblood paid the just penalty for our sins. His words, life, death, and resurrection are a light to the nations. The world has been in the darkness of false religions that offer no true hope. The light of the gospel is liberating them and bringing them into an eternal covenant with God through Jesus. Our bondage to false beliefs and to sin is broken by the power of His Spirit and we are released from our self-imposed prisons. We were blind, but now we see.
Resource: Through the Bible Daily Devotions - © 2009
Father, thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for your perfection. Thank you for loving us so extravagantly, paying everything necessary for us to be with you. Your magnificence will never cease. May our obsession be always found running to the depths of Your magnificence. May we never feel so satisfied that we stop seeking You. Be our greatest preoccupation, Jesus. Be MY greatest obsession. You alone are worthy of our deepest and my deepest adoration. May my life be poured out as an offering for You!