THE SERVANT SONG THIS WEEK IS FROM THE LORD JESUS HIMSELF,
OUR ULTIMATE BRIDEGROOM.
THIS SONG CULMINATES WITH THE NEWS THAT HE WILL REJOICE OVER US
AS A BRIDEGROOM REJOICES OVER HIS BRIDE.
IT CONSISTS OF A SINGLE SONG, SEVEN VERSES, THAT BEGINS IN
ISAIAH 61:10 AND CULMINATES IN ISAIAH 62:5.
HOW DO WE KNOW JESUS IS SPEAKING?
WE LOOK BACK TO ISAIAH 61:1-3,
AND TO THE SCROLL THAT LUKE TELLS US JESUS UNROLLED AND READ.
AFTER READING ISAIAH 61:1-3, JESUS SAT DOWN AND SAID:
“TODAY THIS SCRIPTURE IS FULFILLED IN YOUR HEARING.”
I AM EXCITED ABOUT THIS WEEK, NOT ONLY BECAUSE IT PICTURES
JESUS AS OUR BRIDEGROOM,
BUT BECAUSE I HAVE A WONDERFUL FREE VIDEO FROM MIKE REEVES ON THIS SONG.
REEVES IS THE THEOLOGIAN WHO HELPED US SEE
JESUS AS THE BRIDEGROOM IN THE SONG OF SONGS.
NOW REEVES ILLUMINES THIS SERVANT SONG SO BEAUTIFULLY.
BECAUSE WE KNOW OUR HEARTS, OUR FAILURES, WE MAY WONDER:
HOW COULD JESUS REJOICE OVER ME LIKE THIS?
YET HE WILL,
FOR NOT ONLY ARE WE NOW POSITIONALLY HOLY IN CHRIST,
BUT WE WILL BE TRULY HOLY ONE DAY.
THE TRANSFORMATION HAS BEGUN AND WILL BE COMPLETE WHEN WE SEE HIM.
WHEN PAUL SAYS THAT MARRIAGE REFLECTS A PROFOUND MYSTERY, HE ISN’T KIDDING!
THIS METAPHOR, WHICH IS THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE AND IN THIS SONG,
IS SO MYSTERIOUS, BUT WE WILL PLUMB IT TOGETHER, MARVEL AT ITS DEPTH,
AND ANTICIPATE THE DAY WHEN ALL WILL BE MADE CLEAR.
1. What stands out to you from the above? What do you anticipate about this song?
MONDAY-WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY
It is a mystery that we began to glimpse through the Song of Songs, for the Bride is both an individual, like the Shulammite maiden in the Song who danced, yet she also the body of believers, and she is also a city, the new Jerusalem. Mike Reeves helped us to see that the root word (shalom or peace) is in all of these names: Shulammite, Solomon, and Jerusalem. The bride when joined to the bridegroom, takes on his righteousness. She then is described both as a radiant woman and also as a city. Do you remember, those of you who studied the Song, how sometimes it seemed the bridegroom was describing a woman’s body and other times the land of Israel? I glimpse this again in this servant song — she is a beautiful bride, and yet, she is the New Jerusalem. One day, Revelation tells us, the new Jerusalem will come down dressed as a bride for her husband. We see through a glass darkly, but what we see intrigues us!
For centuries the Jews have rejected Christ, but Scripture seems to point to a turning before His return. It is another mystery, but we glimpse it in this passage. Is God talking about Gentiles who through faith become sons of Abraham? Or is He talking about biological Jews coming to faith — and if so, is it a remnant, or all of them? Biblical scholars profess all three conflicting views — and I do not know, but I suspect it is a remnant of biological Jews. (I know that is what R. C. Sproul believes.) Listen to this song and see if you can glimpse this mystery.
2. To understand who is speaking, read Isaiah 61:1-3, from which Jesus read at the beginning of His ministry and then said it was about Him. What stands out to you from this passage and why?
3. Read Isaiah 61:10-11. What has God done for Jesus (10) and what does He in turn do for those who are joined to Him (as a branch in a vine, as a bride to her bridegroom) according to verse 11?
4.. Compare Isaiah 61:11 with 1 John 3:9. How is it that we are being transformed? Who is doing it? What is our responsibility? (Think of the vine and the branches.)
Read Isaiah 62:1-5.
John Calvin says of the above: “Formerly the Church lay in filth and rags, and was universally despised as a forsaken woman; but now, having been received into favour with her husband, she shines with a universal luster.”
5. Calvin says a parallel passage is Hosea 2:9-23. What do you see?
6. Describe everything you can see about this Bride, this new Jerusalem. (Isaiah 62:1-5) Take time with this.
THURSDAY-FRIDAY: SHORT VIDEO FROM MIKE REEVES ON THIS SERVANT SONG
7. Share your notes and comments from this teaching.
If you bought the Tim Keller series: Songs of the Servant, now is the time to listen to “Your Maker is Your Husband” which is on the same theme!
8. What is your take-a-way and why?