Alex Kremer 06-14-20 // The Silent Submission of the Servant; The Gospel According to Isaiah; Isaiah 53:7-9
The current cultural climate increasingly focuses upon social justice. Protests, both peaceable and violent, speak out regarding claims of injustice against minority groups. Surely there is a time and place for speaking up. Jesus spoke with authority and demons were cast out, the sick were healed, the lame walked, etc.
The greatest injustice in history saw the only innocent man in all of history arrested, brutalized, spat upon and ultimately executed in a trial that broke the very Law the religious leaders swore they were protecting. And the only person who had a right to speak up and speak out against this injustice remained silent.
Some 600 to 700 years before these events, the prophet, Isaiah, spoke of the servant and His silent submission. "He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth" (Isaiah 53:7 NASB). What does the silence of the servant in the face of His oppressors mean for us today?
Thank you for listening to today's lesson.