“I will…make you to be a covenant for the people.” Isaiah 49:8 (NIV)
The context of our verse today is a prophecy about the Lord’s Servant, Jesus Christ. The verses around this statement describe the Servant as One who would not only save Jews but also Gentiles from the ends of the earth. The coming One would accomplish much for the people of God. As we read the imagery and details of this prophecy we recognize easily that only in Jesus can all this be accomplished.
In verses 8-9 we are told that those who are God’s people will benefit in several ways from Jesus’ work. The things spoken about are restoration, inheritance, liberation, and satisfaction. All of these things are found in Jesus who gains these treasures for His covenant people.
The idea of restoration is fairly straightforward for most of us. Some people restore cars, furniture, houses and so on. What is meant is to take something that has fallen into a non functioning or poorly functioning state and recreate it into what it was originally. It means to take something broken and possibly useless and fix it so that it looks brand new.
Those who are truly children of God are those who have been brought to the end of themselves. They are a people who have concluded that in the sight of God they are a mess, they are useless and cannot fulfil their created purpose. The doorway into God’s presence is low and if you would enter you must bow in humility in order to come in. It is also narrow so that you cannot bring in any of what you would call your good works.
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