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The Servant of the Lord and His Servant People

Join us for a compelling conversation with Dr. Matthew S. Harmon, Professor of New Testament studies at Grace College and Theological Seminary. Camden Bucey engages Dr. Harmon in an exploration of his book, The Servant of the Lord and His Servant People, which explores the theme of servanthood across the biblical canon, offering insightful perspectives on this pervasive and significant motif​​.

During the episode, Dr. Harmon surveys several key biblical figures identified as servants of the Lord, including Adam, Moses, Joshua, David, and Jesus. The conversation also touches upon the New Testament, specifically Paul’s self-identification with the servant of the Lord described in Isaiah. Dr. Harmon elucidates how Paul, and by extension, the Christian church, embody this servant role through Christ’s indwelling, thereby continuing the mission of revealing God’s glory to the ends of the earth​​.

This episode promises to offer listeners profound insights into the biblical concept of servanthood and its implications for understanding both the Old and New Testaments, as well as its relevance for the Christian life today.



  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:03:08 Grace College and Theological Seminary in Winona Lake
  • 00:05:25 New Testament Studies and Biblical Theology
  • 00:13:23 The Story Behind the Book
  • 00:18:47 Ancient and Contemporary Conceptions of Servants and Slaves
  • 00:23:49 The Tendency to Reject Servitude
  • 00:27:41 Adam as Servant of the Lord
  • 00:32:21 Moses as Servant of the Lord
  • 00:36:22 Joshua as Servant of the Lord
  • 00:42:34 David as Servant of the Lord
  • 00:45:50 Isaiah as Servant of the Lord
  • 00:49:58 The Apostles and the Contemporary Church as Servants
  • 00:53:53 Serving the Lord in Our Daily Lives
  • 01:02:30 Conclusion

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