One of the key lessons I ever learned regarding hermeneutics came not from seminary but from my dad. Daddy was a Baptist pastor whose largest church never exceeded 125 but he spent hours in the Word of God preparing exegetically-based sermons. I learned from him that the best commentary of the Bible was the Bible itself because as he said, “Scripture interprets Scripture.”
Therefore, as we seek to interpret the individual who best fits the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53 we should examine who and how the other Servant Songs define themselves. As we looked at Isaiah 42, we saw that the Messiah/Servant would do miracles of miracles – miracles that are only possible by God Himself. In Isaiah 49:1-7ff, this servant redeems not only the Jewish people but also the world. This servant has the ability to humble the mightiest of leaders and extend salvation across the globe. However, it is in verse 26 that we find another clue that ties/interprets/harmonizes all the Servant passages together.
Isaiah 49:26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD [am] thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
If the miracles of Isaiah 42 are ones only God alone could do? And Isaiah 49 promises redemption by God alone? Then… What do the other Servant Songs portend? Especially if Scripture interprets Scripture?