Isaiah 42 speaks of a servant who is coming. I, along with many others, view this servant as the Messiah. Isaiah 42:2 says, “He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.”
Cry means to scream out, proclaim, put on an attention grabbing show. He doesn’t cry, shout, make noise. he’s meek and lowly. Certainly He is.
One thing I have learned over the years is that as soon as you think you have a handle on a verse, keep reading! Something will come soon after that will shatter your previous understanding.
For instance, I will now quote Isaiah 42:13, a verse 11 verses later, “The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar.”
I love that! Two ways to understand this:
1) There are two comings of the Messiah. The first one is meek and lowly, the dying, suffering servant; the second time He comes in victory as a conquering man of war who shouts as He goes forth to battle.
2) The type of Messiah you get is up to you! Which one do you want, the Messiah of humility or the Messiah who will crush you?