For Reflection & Discussion
Read Isaiah 42:5-7
1. These are addressed to the Servant (Messiah) mentioned in verse 1. How does this passage describe the scope of the Servant/Messiah’s commission.
2. To what extent may this passage be literal or figurative? Light and darkness and the blind seeing, are important themes in the NT. Try and think of verses that illustrate this. Here are a few to ponder on. John 1:5, 8:12, 1 John 1:5, 7, Eph 5:8, 2 Cor 4:6, Matt:5-14-16, 2 Cor 4:4, John 9:1-5
Read Luke 4:18-19
3. Jesus substituted a phrase about healing the broken-hearted for one about making free those oppressed/wounded/bruised. Is freedom more important than healing?
4. “(Jesus) is anointed as the One who brings freedom for those blinded by sin, wounded by life, broken and bruised by loss.” How might freedom make a difference too difficult situations we curently find ourselves in.