In Matthew 3:17-18, we see this Spirit descending upon Yeshua at His immersion in the Jordan River.
When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Isaiah continues in the next verse by saying something we don't really relate to in these modern days:
A bruised reed He will not break,
And smoking flax He will not quench;
He will bring forth justice for truth.
In ancient times reeds were used for basket-making. The broken ones were called bruised - they were useless and were thrown away.
|A broken reed, useless for making paper|
Also, in regard to smoking flax; well, in our modern culture, sadly, we can relate more to smoking weed. But smoking flax referred to the wicks in the temple menorah - they were used up: burned out and useless.
It is interesting to note that Matthew stopped at verse 3, even though Isaiah continued in verse 4 with this:
He will not fail nor be discouraged,
Till He has established justice in the earth;
And the coastlands shall wait for His law.”
Matthew did not include verse 4 because this is an example of near/far prophecy. He will accomplish part 2 of this prophecy when He returns. Justice will be established throughout the earth when the Messiah returns to rule here someday soon.
Verses 6 and 7 clearly tell us what the Servant is going to do. He is righteous, guided by God; He is given as a covenant to the people, a light to the Gentiles, an opener of eyes, bringing freedom for the
prisoners. What a perfect picture of what the Messiah has done for the world!
The very next verse tells us,
I am the LORD, that is My name;
And My glory I will not give to another,
Nor My praise to carved images.
I must pause here and say that "The LORD" is not His name. The holy name of our Creator is known as the tetragrammaton (4 letters, YHVH in Hebrew). The Jews of old, and also to this day, revere His name so much that they will not prounounce it. They will say Adonai (Lord), or Hashem (the Name). This doctrine has spilled over into our Christian bible translations as well. Whenever you see the word LORD in all capital letters in scripture, it is a substitute for the Hebrew name YHVH. Because the name has been hidden, there are varying thoughts on it's correct pronunciation... Yahweh, Jehovah, Yehovah, etc.
Biblically, a name isn’t just something one is called; there is meaning to the name. It’s who they are... their character, their nature, their very being.
Hebrew is unique in that individual letters have meaning. For example, the yod means a hand. The vav means a tent peg or nail. And the hey means look, or behold. Therefore, one of the meanings of the name of the Almighty is behold the hand, behold the nail.
It is interesting that the statement, My glory I will not give to another, would be tied in with messianic prophecies. This is another verse that shows the Messiah as divine, because Yeshua is glorified when He comes to earth.
Note: Either Yeshua is YHVH in the flesh, or a false idol to the extreme. He accepted worship from His disciples. Both humans and angels in scripture rebuke people who try to worship them. Yeshua did not, because He is worthy of our worship. YHVH will not give His glory to another, because Yeshua is YHVH in the flesh.
In verse 25, we see the LORD's fury is being poured out, and Israel is not taking it to heart.
For whom the LORD loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
This idea is repeated in Hebrews 12:6 - For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.
To start at the beginning of this series on Isaiah, click here.