Monday, April 06, 2020

Monday in Holy Week

The second part [40-55] of the 66-chapter long book of Isaiah contains four Servant Songs; the church reads backwards and identifies the servant as Jesus Christ, though the original servant may have been the nation Israel, the writer of these words, or someone else. The lectionary schedules these during Holy Week.

• 42:1-9 Monday in Holy Week
• 49:1-7 [8-13] Tuesday in Holy Week
• 50:4-9a Wednesday in Holy Week
• 52:13-53:12 Good Friday

Isaiah 42:1-9

1Here is 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.
2He will not cry or lift up his voice,
      or make it heard in the street;
3a bruised reed he will not break,
      and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
      he will faithfully bring forth justice.
4He will not grow faint or be crushed
      until he has established justice in the earth;
      and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

5Thus 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 upon it
      and spirit to those who walk in it:

6I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness,
      I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
I have given you as a covenant to the people,
      a light to the nations,
7to open the eyes that are blind,
      to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
      from the prison those who sit in darkness.

8I am the Lord, that is my name;
      my glory I give to no other,
      nor my praise to idols.
9See, the former things have come to pass,
      and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth,
      I tell you of them.

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