December 9 – Justice for the Nations

Isaiah 42:1-4:

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.
He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,
    or make it heard in the street;

a bruised reed he will not break,
    and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
    he will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be discouraged
    till he has established justice in the earth;
    and the coastlands wait for his law.


This prophecy is slightly different in tone from previous prophecies on the one who will promote justice on the whole earth. Isaiah adds more details to the king who will bring peace. He won’t raise his voice or make a scene. As he brings for justice, he does it peacefully.

The phrase “a bruised reed he will not break” brings a different tone to the equation. The idea that he could be injured. This infabile forever king could be injured seems to break the idea of a superior king. A king that could rule over all the nations, proclaiming judgment on all the violent nations around, could be bruised, injured, beaten doesn’t add up. But somehow through this, he will bring judgement upon the nations. This radically shifts from a long held tradition that right equals might. He will faithfully dispense judgement, as the Spirit directs, but will be bruised in the process.

“He won’t grow faint or be discouraged”. Bringing forth justice on the world wouldn’t be easy, but this forever king, will be pushed to where this is a possibility can be frightening. What does this mean for his people? What will his people have to endure to reach the goal? This cuts into the rallying cry behind him.

We see this evident whenever someone we look up to is beaten. The philistines fled as quickly as they could when they watched their champion Goliath beaten by David. How do we follow someone who will be beaten? We trust that God will establish justice, we await to see how he will do it.



Dear God,

You use ways that we couldn’t comprehend to humble the strong, wise and establish your justice on earth. We want to see justice established in the earth, so we await your pronouncement and what you will bring.

In Jesus name,



Carol of the day:

Joy to the World


Family activity:

Dish to pass

What’s your favorite Christmas dish? Have you taught anyone how to make it? Today, set aside some time to spend in the kitchen. Together make a Christmas dish. If you’ve never made a Christmas dish before, I’ve attached below a recipe that could be a starting point. Use this time to build memories and focus on strengthening relationships. Learn something new about your family.


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