Too Small a Thing

Too Small a Thing

“Afghanistan, listen to me. Russia, France, Zimbabwe, pay attention to what I’m saying. Singapore, open your ears. Australia, this is something you need to hear.”

You would think me strange to call the nations of the earth to pay attention to what I am about to say. Truth is, they aren’t paying attention to me or you. They have no clue we’re even here, or who we are. They perceive us as neither blessing nor threat.

But that is exactly how Isaiah 49 begins. The Servant of the Lord says,

Listen to me, O coastlands,
Pay attention,
You people from far away!”
—Isaiah 49:1

Who is this strange speaker who believes his work is so important that all the nations ought to sit up and take notice? I’m glad you asked because he gives us his bio in the following verses.

The LORD called me before I was born,
While I was in my mother’s womb he named me.
He made my mouth like a sharp sword,
In the shadow of his hand he hid me;
He made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away.
And he said to me,
‘You are my servant, Israel, in whom, I will be glorified.’”
—Isaiah 49:1b-3

This “Servant of the Lord” reminds us of other characters we have known.  Jeremiah, the one called while still in the womb. Sarah’s baby, born to a mother and father far past child-bearing years. The prophets of Israel given sharp tongues.

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