Master & Servant: The Privilege of Being His Servant
Sep 18th, 2011 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays
to bring Jacob back to Him, and gather Israel to Himself, for I am honored in the eyes of God
and my Lord has been my strength —
He says: “It is too small a thing for you (Israel) to be My servant
to restore the tribes of Jacob
and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the nations,
that My salvation may reach to the ends of the earth (Isaiah 49:5-6).”
Isaiah describes how he was formed by God in the womb to be His servant so that he would successfully bring Israel back to God. “I am honored in the eyes of God,” it is an honor to be His servant. Yet, God points out that to Israel, “It is too small a thing for you to be My servant.” Isaiah sees it as an honor, but Israel sees being God’s servant as insignificant.
Only when Israel learns from Isaiah how to take pride in being God’s servant will they become, “a light for the nations, that My salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” We must not only become God’s servants, we must take pride in being His servants so that we can achieve the mission of Israel, stressed on Rosh Hashanah, of becoming a light to the nations.
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