- The servant will not be an authority figure like Moses. He will not do this through "shouting or crying out…"(42.2). There is to be no violence - not even breaking a "bruised reed" (42.3).
- Instead the servant will establish justice and righteousness through "faithfulness" and not getting discouraged. A dramatic modern example might be the Civil Right marchers who established right relationships between colored people and white people in the US through non-violent protest.
- Jesus is to establish His Kingdom by being ‘faith full’ as opposed to being ‘faith less’ in His covenant relationship.
- Jesus is not alone - just as we are not alone. The Isaiah prophecy goes on to describe how intimate this relationship is to be. God will be with the Servant every day. God will call Him, hold Him by the hand and will "keep Him" (v.6). His plan is to make the Servant a "…Covenant for the people and a light for the gentiles." (v.6).
While the Servant will not shout or use violence to establish this new covenant, the Servant is not without power. Isaiah tells us the Servant will be anointed with the Holy Spirit. He will have a portion of the spiritual power of God. Isaiah tells us the Servant will do three things in establishing justice and right relationships. This is the passage is very important. Jesus reads it then announces its fulfillment at the beginning of His ministry in Nazareth. This passage defines Jesus ministry and our own ministry: