Conundrum #2

Just reading this a.m. and examining my own life against scripture:

Isaiah 42 The Lord’s Chosen Servant

1 “Look at my servant, whom I strengthen.       He is my chosen one, who pleases me.       I have put my Spirit upon him.       He will bring justice to the nations. 2 He will not shout       or raise his voice in public. 3 He will not crush the weakest reed       or put out a flickering candle.       He will bring justice to all who have been wronged. 4 He will not falter or lose heart       until justice prevails throughout the earth.       Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for his instruction.

As well, Matthew 12: 18-21

Here’s my struggle with this laundry list for servanthood:

– The anointing of the Lord (a primary, I agree)

– The desire for justice (a given, must be there)

– Does not shout, nor lift His voice (eliminates preaching as we know it)

– … in public (so much for politics)

– He will not crush the weakest reed (gentleness is necessary)

– (N)or put out a flickering candle (if there is light at all, don’t criticize, now I’ve got work to do)

– Justice for all that are wronged (here’s where I begin to really struggle with the above…)

– He will not falter or lose heart (Trust me, I’m trying)

Wait… its not by “might nor power by my Spirit”…

Maybe there’s hope for me…in Christ alone!

….the older I get the less I understand.


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I love the book of Isaiah, for one can hear and feel this old prophet's righteous angst toward his nation, his passionate heart for people and his confident connection with God. In these verses, out o