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Jehovah's Witnesses (9 of 12)
In this particular section in the book of Isaiah we find a series of passages known as "The Servant Songs." You will notice in verse 3, "Thou art my servant, O Israel." There are about four passages in this section which fall in the category of "The Servant Songs."
There is a great deal of debate about these "Servant Songs" and the identity of the servant. To whom do these passages refer? We are going to look at that as we move through them.
As I have studied these particular chapters and these passages, I have identified in these sections three servants of the Lord. I want us to look at these three servants of the Lord and follow the thought process carefully and see how it brings us to a beautiful picture of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I. The Unconverted Servant.
The first servant I want to deal with is in chapter 45, verse 1. I'm going to call the servant the "unconverted servant." We are given the name of this servant. There is no doubt about who this servant is. The name of this servant is Cyrus.
Look at the verse right before chapter 45. That's actually where it begins. In verse 28 of the forty fourth chapter it says, "Who saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure; even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid."
Now verse 1 of chapter 45, "Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two-leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron."
Here is a servant of the Lord. I call him the "unconverted servant." Isaiah tells us his name, Cyrus. We know who that is. We find a record of Cyrus in secular history. He was the ...
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