Chapter 49-57 Gods gracious provision of redemption
This second section (chapters 49-57) points to an effective cure for their real problems. Outwardly, the exile would seem to be the culprit ruining their lives. If from section one they can understand their judgment is because of their sin, then they will look for relief not only in a return to their homeland but in the healing of their sins. God provides this healing. Although they are comforted about their return to Palestine, it is but a small fragment of the whole worldwide plan of healing Yahweh will be providing through the gracious Servant.
The Servant serves as the focus of hope in these chapters. Because of this Servant, Israel can be assured God has not forsaken them. In fact, the Servant will lead all the nations to serve God. Slowly the Servant is introduced. His work is not easy, but He finds strength in the Lord God.
Through the multitude of verses describing the Suffering Servant, the Israelites should begin to realize the cost of salvation. It is easy enough to arrange for their passage back to Judah as the first section emphasized using Cyrus the Persian emperor as His servant. The Servant, however, brings Gods people back through sufferings which are climaxed in his death. In another way He has become their Savior. He died for their sins. What was to be our sufferings became His sufferings. And because He faithfully does His work, He prospers and leads all those who are made righteous (i.e. justified).
God patiently taught the Jews His plan was to incorporate people all around the world. The many was to include people from all around the world. The everyone of chapter 55:1 is inclusive. Chapter 56 purposely assures these foreigners not to feel inferior or unimportant.
Man was looking for political freedom in their own homeland.
God provided spiritual freedom in the kingdom of God.
Man was thinking only his own race.
God was intent on helping people from every tongue and race.
How great and immeasurable is Gods grace! Chapter 57, though, brings us right back to the operating table. God spreads our evil right before our eyes ever intent on bringing us to the first stage where from we will seek His healing. This too is the work of His marvelous grace.
IX. Redemption Through The Servant (Isaiah 49-57)
49:1-5:3 A. Confirming His Concern Through His Servant Bringing Hope
50:4-11 B. Affirming His Concern Through His Servant Bringing Comfort
51:1-23 C. Arousing Our Sense Of Need Instilling Awareness Of God
52:1-12 D. Declaring Our Freedom From Sin Instilling Anticipation Of Release
52:13-53 E. Providing Redemption For The Lost Securing Salvation For The Many
54:1-17 F. Expanding Gods Magnificent Kingdom Describing Salvation
55:1-13 G. Calling Us To Himself Responding To Our Lord
56:1-8 H. Opening Wide The Kingdom's Doors Overcoming Exclusiveness
56:9-57:21 I. Encouraging The Contrite; Condemning Wicked His Selectivity