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Read Isaiah 42:1-9


Read Isaiah 42:1-9

The Lord says,
“Here is my servant, whom I strengthen—
the one I have chosen, with whom I am pleased.
I have filled him with my Spirit,
and he will bring justice to every nation.
2     He will not shout or raise his voice
or make loud speeches in the streets.
3     He will not break off a bent reed
or put out a flickering lamp.
He will bring lasting justice to all.
4     He will not lose hope or courage;
he will establish justice on the earth.
Distant lands eagerly wait for his teaching.”
5     God created the heavens and stretched them out;
he fashioned the earth and all that lives there;
he gave life and breath to all its people.
And now the Lord God says to his servant,
6     “I, the Lord, have called you and given you power
to see that justice is done on earth.
Through you I will make a covenant with all peoples;
through you I will bring light to the nations.
7     You will open the eyes of the blind
and set free those who sit in dark prisons.
8     “I alone am the Lord your God.
No other god may share my glory;
I will not let idols share my praise.
9     The things I predicted have now come true.
Now I will tell you of new things
even before they begin to happen.”

Think

Verses 2-4 remind me of the gentleness of Jesus’ voice – in contrast to the thundering voice of yesterday’s Psalm.

Pray

Lord, help me to appreciate the majesty and power of your gentle voice.


2 42.1: Mt 3:17; 17:5; Mk 1:11; Lk 3:22; 9:35
42.1–4: Mt 12:18–21
3 42.1: Mt 3:17; 17:5; Mk 1:11; Lk 3:22; 9:35
42.1–4: Mt 12:18–21
4 42.1: Mt 3:17; 17:5; Mk 1:11; Lk 3:22; 9:35
42.1–4: Mt 12:18–21
5 42.5: Ac 17:24, 25
6 42.6: Is 49:6; Lk 2:32; Ac 13:47; 26:23

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