Isaiah 42;18-20. “Hear, ye deaf: and look, ye blind, that ye may see. Who is the blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? Who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the Lords servant? Seeing many things, but thou observest not: opening the ears, but he heareth not.”
Jehovah’s servant in v. 19 is Israel. They are the only servant of God in Isaiah that could be referred to as being:
- Deaf-because of refusing to hear God and His Word
- Blind–because of not seeing what was plain to see
- Robbed-because of sinning so that God could not protect them
- Spoiled-because of have no power to resist enemies
- Snared in holes-because of living in fear of enemies
- Hid in prison-because of being defeated and captured by the enemy
- A prey-because of having no champion to defend them
Israel was called to be God’s servant, God’s messenger; and they were called to be perfect. That is, they were to be mature in the things of God, seeing and hearing, understanding His will and His Word.
The word messenger in v.19 is to be dispatched as a deputy: a messenger: an angel: a prophet, priest, or teacher: an ambassador. The question “who is blind as he that is perfect?” indicates “as he that should be perfect; the blind, as he that should be able to see clearly.
Verse 20 says that they see, but do not observe; they have open ears, but they don’t hear.
How tragic it is when we, who have the completed Word of God, and the presence of the Holy Spirit in this age, are guilty of seeing but not seeing, of hearing but not really listening.