Isaiah 50-52

God's Servant comes and sustains the weary with words, gives His beard to be plucked.  But He sets Himself to His task, and God helps Him.  Meanwhile Israel contends against God in the dark, trying to make their own light.

O Israel, look to Abraham and Sarah, how God gave them great promises when they were small.
God will save you now, too, with comfort, joy, gladness and singing as you return home.

Jerusalem will be pure.  You will leave Assyria as you left Egypt.  Leave its impurity!
My servant will be lifted up but mangled, and sprinkle nations that way.

How this is about Jesus
50 - His beard was plucked; He set His face to go to Jerusalem.
52 - He is the servant lifted up and mangled on the cross.

Look forward to your full ransom and return home.
51 - Look back to promises God has kept to His past people, for encouragement now.
52 - The Gospel of God's reign and our return is beautiful.

Isaiah 51:11
"And the ransomed of the Lord shall return
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain gladness and joy,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away."

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