what is serving god tis good to man. what does this quote mean?
- JakeLv 74 weeks ago
God exists and is omnibenevolent. A person can know these things with certainty by reciting the rosary every day with care and sincerity.
- 4 weeks ago
SERVANT OF THE LORD: A theological concept in the Book of Isaiah which points forward to Jesus the Messiah. Passages in the book which express this idea are Isa 42:1-4; 49:1-6; 50:4-9; and 52:13-53:12.
But even before Isaiah's time, the concept of God's servant was deeply rooted in the history of the nation of Israel. The term servant was frequently applied to those who performed some service, task, or mission for the Lord. The term servant was applied to Abraham (Gen 26:24), Isaac (Gen 24:14), Jacob (Ezek 28:25), and Moses (Deut 34:5), as well as many of the prophets of the Old Testament.
But in the "Servant Songs" of his book, the prophet Isaiah used the phrase Servant of the Lord in a specialized or messianic sense. The Servant of the Lord not only would encounter and accept suffering in the course of His work, but He also would realize that His vicarious suffering would become the means by which He would give His life as a ransom for others.
The New Testament writers are unanimous in stating that the Servant of the Lord is a messianic figure and that Jesus is that Servant. The first of Isaiah's "Servant Songs" (Isa 42:1-4) was quoted by Matthew as being fulfilled in Jesus (Matt 12:18-21). The Book of Acts emphasized the suffering and hostility which the Messiah underwent to accomplish redemption (Acts 3:13,26; 4:27,30). In these passages Jesus is referred to as "His Servant Jesus" (Acts 3:13,26) and "Your holy Servant Jesus" (Acts 4:27,30). The violent treatment suffered by Jesus was precisely what the "Servant Songs" of Isaiah prophesied about God's Servant. Jesus saw His role as that of a servant (Mark 10:45, in fulfillment of Isa 53:10-11). He taught His followers to view His mission, and theirs as well, in terms of servanthood. Thus the Servant of the Lord, spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, is preeminently Jesus Himself.
According to Isaiah, the Servant of the Lord would "bring forth justice to the Gentiles" (Isa 42:1) and establish "justice in the earth" (Isa 42:4). He would bring Jacob back to the Lord (Isa 49:5) and would be "a light to the Gentiles" (Isa 49:6). He would not hide His face from shame and spitting (Isa 50:6). He would be the sin-bearing Servant, giving His life for the redemption of His people (Isa 52:13-53:12).
Through Jesus the ancient mission given by God to Abraham-to be a blessing to all the families of the earth (Gen 12:1-3) - is now entrusted to the church. The church's responsibility is to preach the gospel to Jew and Gentile, bondslave and freeman, male and female, rich and poor. To be a servant of God is to serve Him continually (Dan 6:20). As His mission was that of a servant, so must ours be (Mark 10:42-45).