The fifth and final song comes in Isaiah 61:1-11. The good news comes. The Servant is anointed to bring the messianic jubilee, where the people will be restored to the land after exile. There is no introduction by God. The servant says, ‘here I am.’ Lots of review and progression from the previous Songs.
Look at all the verbs involved in what the Servant has done and is going to do- preach, bind, proclaim, release, proclaim (again), comfort, provide, bestow, rebuild, restore, and renew.
Isaiah’s tree imagery pops out in v. 3- ‘oaks of righteousness.’
Jesus broke the silence and the mystery of who the Servant was in Luke 4 when he preaches his first sermon. He purposely turns to Isaiah 61 and reads a portion of that Song. He purposely stopped short at the section about vengeance because that day has not come yet. His time on earth at that time was for revelation about Father and reconciliation of humanity.
Then ironically, right after this first sermon and the unveiling of his Messiahship, the crowd wants to take him out and push him off a cliff. Now that is a flashy kick-off to a preaching tour. Kind of makes me not feel so bad. Folks didn’t want to kill me after my first sermon.
Everything explodes with Jesus! He is the Servant. He is the mystery man. Everything stated in the five Servant Songs is true and is fulfilled. A new definition of freedom- not just socio/economic, but physical and spiritual as well.
I hope you have enjoyed this brief tour into this special literary aspect of Isaiah. It is so cool to find this stuff and see how the Holy Spirit wove it into the Word.
“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” Prov. 25:2