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Servant of prophecy | Matthew 12:15-21

15 But Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and He healed them all, 16 and warned them not to tell who He was. 17 This happened so that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled:

18 “Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen;
My Beloved in whom My soul delights;
I will put My Spirit upon Him,
And He will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
19 He will not quarrel, nor cry out;
Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.
20 A bent reed He will not break off,
And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish,
Until He leads justice to victory.
21 And in His name the Gentiles will hope.”

Matthew 12:15-21 (NASB)

What is “this”?

You’ll have to read yesterday’s post to know what “this” is. Jesus has been teaching about the Sabbath and healing on the Sabbath. The Jewish religious leaders began plotting to “do Him in” after this event. But Jesus, of course, knew this. Even without superhuman abilities, it was probably pretty obvious. If anything, I guess the Father revealed it to Him in their daily communion times of prayer.

Heal all

We noted this same fact earlier in Matthew 9:35 – that Jesus healed everyone who came to Him for healing. Many were sick due to demon possession (Matthew 4:24, 8:16). He cast out every demon. We looked at this earlier. In this passage we’re reminded again. This is our Savior, our Healer! “[Matthew] also wants us to know that the determination of this crowd was evidence of their faith; therefore, all were healed.” (enduringword.com)

And He tells them all to not disclose who He is. He’s done this before, like when He healed the two blind men in Matthew 9:27-31, or when he raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead (Mark 5:43).

Servant of Prophecy

Another prophecy fulfilled. This one is from Isaiah 42:1-4, almost verbatim. The main message is: Jesus is the Servant whom Isaiah prophesies about. Jesus identified Himself as a servant, like we’ll see in Matthew 20:28: “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many.”


  • Surely Jesus came to show us how to live, among many other reasons. Are we patterning ourselves after Him as a servant? It is anything but easy. For some of you, it’s easier than others.
Servant old man. Image from Pxfuel.com

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