Isaiah 42:1-9 | "1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him;he will bring forth justice to the nations. 2 He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; 3 a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. 4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. 5 Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: 6 "I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, 7 to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. 8 I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. 9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth tell you of them.""
DREW: Okay. We can move on to number two and that is the servant Jesus was sent to bring the word of God, which is the revelation of God, to the entire world. Verse 1, “He will bring forth justice to the nations.” Verse 4, “He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth and the coastlands wait for his law.” Now, we have to look at the Hebrew word mishpat, which is translated justice and we have to understand it in this context in order to understand it properly. We can naturally think of justice as implying a fair and pure society and, of course, the word mishpat or justice means that, but only derivatively. If you look at verse 4, the parallel between justice and the word law prepares us with a clue that in this passage Isaiah is using the word justice to express one aspect of God’s word. “He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth and the coastlands wait for his law.” That parallel of the word justice and law gives us a good understanding that the word justice means law. Mishpat can mean judgement and when God’s word goes out to people, if they believe, Christ takes their judgement and if they don’t and never do, they take their own. Now, derivatively, of course, the word mishpat means justice, a fair and pure society, but in this context that’s not what it’s primarily referring to. But when people believe God’s word and our hearts are changed, of course in the public realm, we live lives that want to pursue justice, a fair and pure society, but that’s important to clarify here. He says, “He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth and the coastlands wait for his law.” That means until His word goes out really to the coastlands, the ends of the earth.
And with that, I have a couple of questions. Has God’s word gone forth into all the earth? Has everyone heard?
CAROLYN: No. Because we are still sending missionaries and anointing them to bring the word, so there are still plans and people are committed to that.
DREW: So we still need to go, even though coastlands -- really the word has gone in some ways to all nations, but it hasn’t gone to every person; right? Good. Anyone else? What do you think are some ways in which we can do our part to get the word of God to people either who haven’t heard or who have heard but up until this very moment have rejected God and His word?
DON: Well, the first thing we need to do is tell them about Irruption Ministries, but aside from that I think each of us are given opportunities on a daily basis to share our faith in action first and then word. But before we do that, I think we’ve got to go back to where we started and that is preparedness, so that we’re prepared when those opportunities arise to speak boldly with truth and with love.
DON: So, wow, I’m bringing it together. Great. Thank you.
DREW: Anyone else?
NANCY: You know, it reminds me of something that I’ve heard you say a lot, and which is the truth, that we really need to continually be preparing our hearts by reading in the word every day, really getting into the word, and letting God speak to us, because the more we have His word at the ready when we are given those opportunities to talk to people -- because you never know when it’s going to arise.
NANCY: And I’ve been in situations sometimes where an opportunity has arisen and I am, you know, going through the catalogue in my mind going, what was that verse, you know, that I want to be able to share with them and so the more familiar we can be with God’s word it helps us be prepared to speak and to speak boldly.
DREW: Great. Great. Yeah. The importance of that continuous preparation.
PENNY: And I would just say in addition like my mom was saying that the missionaries, the supporting of missionaries, is very important -- it’s the spreading of the word ---- but also the Bible translations are also very key, because there are so many languages that it still needs to be translated into. I mean, you know, languages we’re not even familiar with at this point or it takes years and years for these different Bible translators and the teams to go in and to earn the trust to understand the phonetics and everything else. So that’s another really wonderful way to help the word go forward, because the word is the word, it’s life, and God knows how to use His word. So if we’re willing to be -- provide the means for that to continue to spread into all the world, then we’re going to have a more effective ministry with Bible translation.
NANCY: I just wanted to add something, also, in terms of this preparedness of us being ready to speak to anybody. Our lives, the way we live our lives, the way we respond to people, the way we speak is all -- should be reflective of our relationship with Christ and if we are not continually being a light to shine in the world then people looking at us are not going to see Christ in us and therefore, anything we say to them is going to fall on deaf ears or they’re going to think we’re hypocritical or what have you. So we just need to be mindful that as we’re living our lives every day -- and I’m speaking to myself -- you know, we always have to be mindful that how we are acting or responding to somebody is really critical.
DREW: Great. Great. Both our actions and our words as Don had mentioned earlier. Fantastic.