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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

Thu 3/30 | Is. 42:1–4

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John Yocum
John is a lifelong committed brother from Jackson, Michigan. Having spent 15 years in the UK and 7 years in the Philippines, he returned to the US in 2011, where he serves as the regional elder for the Servants of The Word. He works with communities across the region and serves on the executive committee of the international teaching team for the Sword of The Spirit. John has a Doctorate in Theology from The University of Oxford. He has taught Theology at Oxford, at Loyola School of Theology in Manila and currently teaches at the Catholic Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.
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