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Servants of the Lord

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A description of individuals, groups, and the nation of Israel. Isaiah portrays a unique servant whom the NT identifies as Jesus Christ.

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Individuals as servants of the Lord

The patriarchs as servants of the Lord

Exodus 32:13 NASB95
“Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants to whom You swore by Yourself, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens, and all this land of which I have spoken I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’ ”
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Moses as the servant of the Lord

Exodus 14:31 NASB95
When Israel saw the great power which the Lord had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in His servant Moses.
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Other leaders as servants of the Lord

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David as the servant of the Lord

Psalm 89:20 NASB95
“I have found David My servant; With My holy oil I have anointed him,
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Other kings as servants of the Lord


Individual prophets as servants of the Lord

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Paul as the servant of the Lord

Acts 27:23 NASB95
“For this very night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood before me,
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Other individual believers as servants of the Lord

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Pagan kings as servants of the Lord

Jeremiah 25:9 NASB95
behold, I will send and take all the families of the north,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will send to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them against this land and against its inhabitants and against all these nations round about; and I will utterly destroy them and make them a horror and a hissing, and an everlasting desolation.
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Groups of servants of the Lord

The people of Israel as the Lord’s servants

Isaiah 41:8–9 NASB95
“But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, Descendant of Abraham My friend, You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its remotest parts And said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and not rejected you.
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Failure of the people of Israel to serve the Lord

Isaiah 42:19 NASB95
Who is blind but My servant, Or so deaf as My messenger whom I send? Who is so blind as he that is at peace with Me, Or so blind as the servant of the Lord?
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Priests as the Lord’s servants

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Levites as the Lord’s servants

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Prophets as the Lord’s servants

Jeremiah 7:25 NASB95
“Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have sent you all My servants the prophets, daily rising early and sending them.
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Other nations as the Lord’s servants

Psalm 72:11 NASB95
And let all kings bow down before him, All nations serve him.
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The Lord’s servants recognised as such by pagans

Daniel 3:26 NASB95
Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the furnace of blazing fire; he responded and said, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, come out, you servants of the Most High God, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego came out of the midst of the fire.
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The unique servant of the Lord

Isaiah’s vision of this servant

Isaiah 42:1–4 NASB95
“Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations. “He will not cry out or raise His voice, Nor make His voice heard in the street. “A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice. “He will not be disheartened or crushed Until He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law.”
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Jesus Christ’s life identifies him as the Lord’s servant

Matthew 12:17–21 NASB95
This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen; My Beloved in whom My soul is well-pleased; I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not quarrel, nor cry out; Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. “A battered reed He will not break off, And a smoldering wick He will not put out, Until He leads justice to victory. And in His name the Gentiles will hope.”
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NT leaders proclaim Jesus Christ as the Lord’s servant

Acts 8:30–35 NASB95
Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this: He was led as a sheep to slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He does not open His mouth. In humiliation His judgment was taken away; Who will relate His generation? For His life is removed from the earth.” The eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him.
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The Lord’s service

An exclusive service

Deuteronomy 6:13 NASB95
“You shall fear only the Lord your God; and you shall worship Him and swear by His name.
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Serving the Lord as he requires

Colossians 3:23–24 NASB95
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
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The Lord’s care for his servants

Psalm 35:27 NASB95
Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication; And let them say continually, “The Lord be magnified, Who delights in the prosperity of His servant.”
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The reward of the Lord’s servants

Revelation 22:3–5 NASB95
There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.
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