Take another look from Isaiah, at the servant and see who it fits:
Isa 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
Isa 42:2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
Isa 42:3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
Isa 42:4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
Isa 42:5 Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:
Isa 42:6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
Isa 42:7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
So did God call the nation of natural Jews and give them for a covenant of the people and a light of the Gentiles? since when have they ever been a light to Gentiles? they do not even think we have any part with out God.
since when did that natural nation open blind eyes, or bring them out of prison?
It could not possibly be that natural nation. They are arrogant and think that God chose them as his people, based on their human nature. Not so. God makes it very clean in all Scripture that he does not look on the outward appearance or what man is by nature, but what one is in the heart/spirit.
Now this is the very same servant being spoken of in cp 52 and 53. It is Jesus Christ.
Israel is not the real name of that natural nation. It is Jacob. God only let that natural nation go by his name of Israel, for the time then, to show a pattern to the world, of the TRUE JEWS OR ISRAEL OF GOD, THE BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS.
Isa 42:18 Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.
Isa 42:19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the Lord's servant?
Isa 42:20 Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.
Isa 42:21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.
In the above verses, God said this servant was blind and deaf. So how did that pertain to the natural nation? How was he blind and deaf? It fits Jesus as he opened not his mouth when the falsely accused him and put him to death. He refused to 'see' their evil and prayed for their forgiveness. Psm 38.
When was the LORD ever well pleased with the 'righteousness' of that natural nation? Never. He said many times they were a hard hearted and idolatrous nation. He said they vexed his Holy Spirit every day. He put them aside . He chose a nation which would bring forth the fruits of his kingdom. His people are those of the entire world, who come in through Jesus Christ and the grace covenant.
Isa 42:22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.
Now is the above verse God shows that the natural people were a people robbed and spoiled. For they refuse the true work of their God and served idols to this day.
Isa 42:23 Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?
Isa 42:24 Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the LORD, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law.
Isa 42:25 Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.
The above verses shows the true way that God felt about them and dealt with them. He said they still laid it not to heart no matter how he punished for their evil doings. They are still rebellions to this day.
Paul made it clear that God sees no difference in them and anyone else. We are all ONE in Christ.
We, Christians, are the ISRAEL of God. Rom 2:28, 29
Oh yes. I know someone will report this and have it removed as you do every time I post this truth. But God will judge you in the end, for you cannot stand to hear the truth.
Jesus Christ is the one who fulfilled Psm 22 and Isa 53 perfectly. NO, the NT tells the truth about this. Philip certainly did know what He was speaking of.