Lenten Meditation 42, April 11

Tuesday, April 11

Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 71:1-14
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
John 12:20-36

by Mary Moran

The Servant of the Lord

To me this reading is unclear. Is the servant Isaiah, Israel the Nation or is it Jesus, in whom Israel is personified?

The Lord called (Jesus, Isaiah or Israel?) to be his servant. While (Jesus, Isaiah or Israel?) felt he had labored to no purpose, he believed his reward was with God.

The servant would be the light of the many people so that they could experience grace and salvation.

6 “…I will make you the light of the nations so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
– John 12: 20-36

36 “…Put your trust in the light while you have it so that you may become sons of light….”
– Psalm 71: 1-14

The Psalmist recalls his life of trusting in the Lord, concerned about his old age and infirmity, troubles and enemies but continues in his praise and trust in God.

14 “…I will always have hope.”

3 “…Be my rock of refuge….You are my rock and my fortress.”
– 1 Corinthians 1: 18-31

Many factions of believers have differences and boasted about their particular beliefs. Regardless of the intellectual knowledge and worldly wisdom, faith in God is far more important.

25 “…The foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom. Any weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”

“Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

30 “…You are in Christ Jesus who has become for us wisdom from God, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.”