The Fourth Song is the most well-known of the Servant Songs comes to us from Isaiah 52:13-53:12. The most graphic and appalling of descriptions regarding who the servant is and what the purpose of his mission on the planet is. The fourth song is the most elaborate and poignant of them all. It is the zenith of Isaiah’s message and discussion about who God is and what he is about. It is as though we forgot the message and Isaiah needed to remind us with suddenness and intrusiveness. Almost as if he is screaming at us, “Don’t you get the picture. Let me draw it out for you one more time.” The irony of it all- the servant is exalted yet abused and quiet. Buried within the Song is kind of a macro view of birth to death.
Vv. 52:13- 53:1 God is speaking
Vv. 53:2-6 Israel is speaking
Vv. 53:7-12 God is speaking
Notice in this whole section who says nothing.
Servant Song #1 was a picture of a king, #2 had hints of a prophet, and in this one we have the qualifications of a priest (52:15).
In the Ancient Near East (ANE), one would cover their mouths with their hand as they approach another king. Here is 52:15, we see that the Servant is the King of kings, all, including kings, will shut their mouths because of who this servant is! What a picture.
I love the flow at the end of the song- The dead (9) is alive (11), the condemned (8) is righteous (11), and the helpless (7) is the victor (12)!! That is us friends. The whole reason for Jesus coming to the planet. The story of redemption and presence in our lives.