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The Servant’s Wisdom


Isaiah says the servant of the Lord will “act wisely” (Isa. 52:13). The Hebrew word speaks of someone who performs a task with skill and expertise. One modern translation says, “My servant will prosper” (NASB). Both translations are valid. The Hebrew word speaks of prudent action that gains prosperous results. Wisdom and success are often linked in Scripture (cf. Josh. 1:7–8; 1 Sam. 18:5, 30; 1 Kings 2:3 where the same verb appears). The language accents the fact that the servant’s exaltation is not owing to accidental success or good fortune. His ultimate triumph is an accomplishment attained by adroit know-how. The servant’s amazing wisdom will result in the attainment of his purpose. He will not fail to accomplish God’s will, because he prudently employs righteous means to achieve the noblest results. Moreover, “the Servant’s wisdom is deeply self-denying, for it means accepting ends determined by God and willingly shouldering a burden of untold suffering to make them possible. Here God’s wisdom and humankind’s decisively part company (cf. 1 Cor. 1:17–25).”

—John MacArthur, The Gospel According to God (Crossway, 2018), 54.

Posted 2019·03·04 by David Kjos
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