The thirtieth day of our commentary from the International Formation house in Ann Arbor, MI following our Meditations for the 40 Days. John Yocum comments on Isaiah 42.
God is pleased with those who desire to do what he wants. In this case, God is pleased with the one whom he has chosen to redeem the world. This too is a prophecy of Jesus and contains the words of the heavenly voice at his baptism (Mk 1:11, translated somewhat differently). Truth is spoken as a taunt during Jesus’ crucifixion (see the fulfillment in Mt 27:43) and Christ’s trust was vindicated in the resurrection.
1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him, he will bring forth justice to the nations. 2 He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; 3 a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. 4 He will not fail or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. – Isa 42:1-4 RSV