Summary of passage: God says, “Here is my Servant whom I uphold and delight in. I will put my Spirit on Him and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout out; a bruised reed he will not break; a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. He will bring forth justice and not be discouraged or falter. The nations will hope in his law. He called the Servant in righteousness. He will take hold of his hand, keep him, and will make him the covenant for his chosen people and for Gentiles (everyone else). He will open blind eyes, free captives, and release those sitting in darkness. I will not give my glory to another and I announce these new things.”
All those who go down to the sea (and every thing in it), all the islands (and all who live on them), all the desert towns and the settlements where Kedar lives, all the people of Sela will give praise and glory to the Lord because He will triumph over His enemies. The Lord will not forsake his people. He will cry out for us. He will lay waste the mountains and the hills and dry up all the vegetation. He will turn rivers into islands and dry up pools. he will lead the blind and turn the darkness into light. He declares these things for those who believe. But those who trust in idols will be turned back in shame.
3a) God upholds his Servant. He is the chosen one in whom God delights. God will put His spirit on Him and he will bring justice to the nations. The Servant will not shout or cry out or raise His voice in the streets. He will not break a bruised reed or snuff out a smoldering wick. He will bring forth justice in faithfulness. He will not falter or be discouraged. He establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope.
b) He has called His servant in righteousness. “I will take hold of your hand and keep you and make you a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles.” The Servant will open eyes that are blind, free captives from prison and release those who sit in darkness in the dungeon.
c) Jesus. Matthew 12:15-21 Jesus is my Savior and I hope we have an ever-growing personal relationship.
4a) Essentially everyone who believes: “you who go down to the sea and all who are in it; you islands and all who live on them; the desert and its towns; the settlements where Kedar lives; and the people of Sela. Because the Lord and His Servant triumph over his enemies.
b) He says again He will not forsake us. As a woman, I want my man to move mountains for me. Here, God says He will: “I will lay waste the mountains and the hills and dry up all vegetation. I will turn rivers into islands and dry up pools. I will lead the blind and turn darkness into light.” Who else can or would do such a thing for me? This love of His is overwhelming and it’s humbling and incredibly encouraging.
Conclusions: Another great example of God’s overwhelming love for us. He will send His Servant (Jesus) to form a new covenant with us and He will protect us as we all want to be protected. I picture a mother with her newborn. She holds that baby so close and does everything for the baby. That baby knows he is loved and protected and fears no evil. Deep down we all crave this closeness and sense of protection; the knowledge that someone is always there to fend off the evil that may try to stop us. Women look for this quality in her man. We crave the sense of being protected (even if feminists say we need no such thing).
Here, God is saying He is our ultimate protector. No matter what slings and arrows come our way, He will cry out for us and smooth our way. He will move the mountains and dry up the rivers. He will make the omnipresent darkness into light (defeat the Devil and his ways). He is our ultimate security and He is the one who can push those demons who lurk in the back of our minds–the ones whispering how we aren’t good enough and we can’t do anything–and show us the light that leads to our purpose and to Him.
End Note: Sela was an Edomite fortress captured by Amaziah who renamed it Joktheel (2 Kings 14:7). May be the marker of Amorite territory. In Jordan south of the Dead Sea.
Map of Sela: http://bibleatlas.org/full/sela.htm
Kedar–An Arabian tribe located south of Israel mentioned 10 times in the Old Testament.
Map of Kedar: http://bibleatlas.org/full/kedar.htm
Information from my Bible Atlas: Atlas of the Bible by Carl G Rasmussen. These online maps do not do justice. If you are a visual person, I’d recommend investing in a Bible Atlas. The maps of these places in my book are so much more detailed and the explanations are invaluable (I would never have known the 2 Kings passage if my Bible Atlas hadn’t have told me).