God is so amazing in how He continually makes His Word exciting and new to those who study His Word.
This past week, I was doing a couple days of my devotion that I am working through in Isaiah 53. The one day, we studied the phrase, “Behold, my servant shall deal prudently” that we see in Isaiah 52:13. If I was reading that without digging any deeper, I would assume that “prudently” would mean “wisely”, which is one of the meanings for “deal prudently” in the Strong’s Concordance.
However, did you know in this verse, “deal prudently” means “prosper”?
Here are some cross references:
- that thou mayest prosper [deal prudently] whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:7
- for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous [deal prudently], and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8
- Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, [deal prudently] Jeremiah 23:5
This 2nd part of Isaiah 53:13 makes more sense when we know that “deal prudently” here means to prosper.
Behold, my servant shall deal prudently [prosper], he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.
The prosperous Son of God will be lifted up and extolled.
Look how He will be exalted and extolled:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Ephesians 1:20-22
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Hebrews 1:3
Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. Revelation 5:12-13
When I consider Christ’s example here it reminds me that I must strive to be humble and not lift myself up. Here Christ humbled himself and took upon Himself the form of servant, and God exalted Him. He exalted Jesus to the highest exaltation ever! One day, every creature will be praising Him.
As I consider those in ministry, I have seen two extremes. I have seen those who want the glory now. They lift themselves up and are offended if they do not get the praise they think is due them. I have also seen the humble. Those who have many talents, use them for the Lord’s service, yet they desire no praise. Those who are humble, God will prosper or exalt. Those who exalt themselves, God will humble.
I want God’s exalting and praise. I want to hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant!” For this to happen, I need to keep my eyes on the heavenly prize, the truly prosperous prize, and daily forsake the fleshly temptation of the pride of life so that I may be humble in the sight of God.
Next week, I’ll share another one of these little phrases, what I learned from it, and how it blessed someone else that I shared it with — not knowing that it would be such a blessing! Keep digging for treasure!
Post that made me think from last week’s party:
- 30 Day Declutter Challenge from The Big Money Saver
- Rethinking the Types of Media Allowed Into Our Home from Redeeming Home
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