John Oswalt Analysis

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George A. F. Knight acknowledges the fact that the servant of the Lord put himself outside of the covenant in order to be numbered with those who have already done so. In pouring out his nephesh, he emptied himself of his whole personality, Phil 2:7-8, “he emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of man. . . . He humbled himself and became obedient unto death.”96 John Oswalt discloses that Jesus’ life death and resurrection conforms the description of the Servant/Messiah. In recognizing him the text must be read through the eyes of faith, however, the mystery is not about how sinful humans can have a healthy and whole relationship with God. The true mystery is how God could love us like that.

Conclusion The servant songs brilliantly exemplify the passion of Christ as prophesied by Isaiah. Additionally, Isaiah clearly declares the coming of the Messiah who was the willing servant who modeled for the world a level of servanthood which has not occurred since his life here on earth. Furthermore, his life, and affliction on behalf of others opens up a window in which humans can observe the heart of God. As a servant he was despised and rejected yet he remained faithful to God. He took upon himself our punishment for sin, although he had no sin. His death was
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“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, “cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:” Galatians 3:13 (KJV). “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:” 1 Peter 3:18 (KJV). Jesus Christ is God’s servant Isaiah prophesied about who would be the sin-bearer, forgiving all who accept him as God’s
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