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Book of Isaiah
Chapters 49-57 give us God’s gracious provision of redemption. This second section (chapters 49-57) points to an effective cure for their (and our) real problems. On the outside, their exile would seem to be the bad guy ruining their lives. If from section one they can understand that their judgment is because of their sin, then they will look for relief not only in a return to their homeland but in the healing of their sins, and ONLY God alone can provide this healing.
Although they are comforted about their return to Palestine, it is just a small part of the complete worldwide plan of healing that Almighty God will provide through His gracious and Humble Servant. The Servant serves as the Center of Hope in these chapters. Because of this awesome Servant, Israel can be assured that God has not forsaken them. In reality, the Servant will lead ALL nations to serve God. Slowly this Majestic Servant is introduced. His work is not easy, but He finds strength in the LORD God.
Through the multitude of verses describing the Suffering Servant, the Israelites (and we as well), should begin to realize the cost of salvation. It is easy enough to arrange for their passage back to Judah as the first section emphasized using Cyrus the Persian emperor as His servant. But, this Suffering Servant, brings God’s people back through sufferings which climax with His death on the cross, and in this way He has become their Saviour (and ours). He died for their sins. What should have been OUR sufferings, became His sufferings. Do you honestly realize just what Jesus did for us? For you and for me? And because He faithfully did and does His work, He prospers and leads all those who are made righteous (justified) by Him (Rom.3:24; 5:1, 9).
God ever so patiently taught the Jews that His plan was to incorporate people all around the world. The many was to include people from all around the world . . . Jews AND Gentiles! The every one in chapter 55:1 is all-encompassing. Chapter 56 deliberately assures these strangers (Gentiles) not to feel inferior or unimportant. Consider the following:
#1. Man looks for political freedom; God provides spiritual freedom in the kingdom of God.
#2.Man thinks only of his own race. God helps people from every tongue and race.
How great and immeasurable is God’s grace! Chapter 57 brings us back to the operating table. God spreads out our wickedness right before our eyes, and IF you sincerely want salvation of your soul, and long for hope of everlasting life, you must be willing to hear what the LORD has to say to you. Are you listening???
Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (KJV)
Luke 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (KJV) . . . This is very important, because Jesus says it again!
Luke 13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (KJV)
Ch.40-48: Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked. (KJV)
Ch.49-57: Isaiah 57:21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. (KJV)
Ch.58-66: Isaiah 66:24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. (KJV)
All three of these last sections end with the same idea . . . there shall be no peace, to the wicked. The Messiah brings peace, but any and all who reject Him will NEVER know peace. Turning TO idols is turning AWAY from the Messiah. As we have seen, this section has majored in a condemnation and rebuke of idolatry. Idolatry is a road that leads to Babylon. The LORD, in the Book of Isaiah, is traveling the lonely road to Calvary. BEWARE!!! ALL idolatry and witchcraft are an abomination to the LORD: (Deut.27:15; 1 Ki.11:7; 23:13; Isa.44:19; Jer.32:35; Eze.18:12; Dan.12:11; Mal.2:11; Rev.21:27)
ISAIAH 53 is in contrast with 2 THESSALONIANS. Isaiah 53 reveals Christ as the suffering Servant at His First Coming. 2 Thessalonians describes His Second Coming.
Isaiah Chapter 53
This chapter speaks of none other than Christ Jesus, and should be quite clear to every unbiased reader who has ever heard or read the history of His sufferings and death. This prophecy could speak of NO one else! The Jews have tried to apply it to their sufferings in captivity; but they are wrong.
This chapter shows us the appearance of Christ in His human nature, His sufferings in it, and the glory that would follow.
Theme: The suffering of the Saviour; the satisfaction of the Saviour.
Those who are familiar with God's Word understand that Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22 give us a more vivid account of the crucifixion of Christ than can be found anywhere else in the Bible. So many people think that only the four Gospels describe the sad event of the horrifying death of the only begotten Son of God. But, if you examine the Gospel accounts carefully, you will soon see that only a few unrelated events connected with the Crucifixion are given and that His actual Crucifixion is passed over with very respectful restraint. The Holy Spirit drew a veil of silence over the Cross of Christ, and none of the shocking details of what really happened before and when a crucifixion took place, are written down by the Gospel writers. The brutal crowd who murdered Jesus, actually sat down and watched Him suffer and die! Even they did not see everything, because God placed over His Son's agony the blanket of darkness. Some dramatic speakers paint with striking speech, the smallest details of what they THINK took place at the crucifixion of Christ. Artists have given us the account of his death in ghastly reality. You and I probably will never know, even in eternity, the extent of His suffering. I believe that time was an extremely personal encounter between the Father and the Son of God, and was not meant for any of us to completely understand, now or ever.
The Lord for some reason has chosen me to write poems for Him. When He gives me “words” I sit down and put them on paper. I am NOT a poet. I am simply the Lord’s servant. I share all the poems He has ever given me. http://www.hisservantsministry.org I bring the following poem because it fits here.
THOSE THREE DARK HOURS
When Jesus hung on that cross, without ev’n one friend,
Those three hours of darkness, I cannot comprehend!
‘Twas a private time, between the Father and Son,
When my sin debt was paid, and Christ’s battle was won!
There is NO way, I can comprehend Jesus’ love,
Coming to Earth to die, leaving Heaven above!
He left the comfort of Heav’n’s safety, to endure great agony,
For the likes of a nobody, like sinful me!
NO earthly mortal, this kind of love could possess,
We are filled way too much, with worldly wickedness.
We are blessed indeed, to access this kind of love,
In this evil, immoral world, of push and shove!
In those three hours of darkness, Christ took on my sins,
The devil was jubilant, he thought he would win!
But it was Christ Jesus, who had the victory,
In those three hours of darkness; that Godly mystery!
Jesus paid my full sin debt, in those dark three hours,
Ne’er did He doubt, fear, hesitate, waver or cower!
He tolerated all, that agony and pain,
Ne’er did He protest, object, grumble or complain.
The suffering that He endured, for you and for me,
Was love indescribable, that set our souls free!
Jesus’ love surpasses all, that we could ever know,
We’re privileged indeed, that on us His love does flow!
Have you e’er considered, those three hours of darkness?
When our precious Saviour, brought us such great success?
Have you thanked Him, for providing the only Way,
That we might access, Heav’n’s glorious beauty one day?
By: His servant, Connie Kramer Oct.5, 2014 #1359
All forsook Him: (Mat.26:31,54-56; Mk.14:27,50-52; Jn.16:32; 18:8-9; 2 Tim.4:16; Ps.38:11) Darkness: (Mat.27:45; Mk.15:25,33-34; Lk.23:44-45) Love of Christ. (Mk.10:21; Jn.10:11; 11:3; 13:1,34; 14:6,21; 15:9,13; 19:26; 20:2; Rom.5:7; 8:35-38; 2 Cor. 5:14; Gal.2:20; Eph.3:19; 5:2,25; 1 Tim.1:14; 1 Jn.3:16) Battle between Christ and Satan: Gen.3:15; The devil’s seed: (Mat.3:7, 12:34; 23:33; Jn.8:44; Acts 13:10; 1 Jn.3:8,10). Her seed: Ps.132:11; Isa.7:14; Jer.31:22; Mic.5:3; Mat.1:23,25; Lk.1:32-35,76; Gal.4:4). Gift Of God: (Mat.7:11; Jn.4:10; 6:32; Acts 8:20; 15:11; Rom.5:15,18; 6:23; 8:32; 11:29; 1 Cor.7:7; 2 Cor.9:15; Eph.2:8; 2 Tim.1:6; 1 Jn.4:9; 5:11)
That this general darkness was totally supernatural is evident that it happened at the Passover, which was celebrated ONLY at the full moon, a time in which it was impossible for the sun to be eclipsed, natural eclipses happening only at the time of the new moon.
700 years before Christ was born, Isaiah lets us see something of His suffering that we will not find anywhere else in the Bible. But, some may ask, "How do you know that Isaiah is referring to the death of Christ?" That is the question that the Ethiopian eunuch asked when Philip hitchhiked a ride from him in the desert. The Ethiopian was going from Jerusalem back to his own country, and he was reading the Chapter 53 of Isaiah. We are even told the very place in the chapter (vs.7) where he was reading (Acts 8:32).
The first nine verses of Isaiah 53 will tell us about the suffering of the Saviour. The rest of the chapter tells us about the satisfaction of the Saviour. These two subjects belong together . . . suffering and satisfaction. Suffering preceded satisfaction for the Lord Jesus, and it also does for us. Suffering always precedes satisfaction. Far too many people try to take a shortcut to happiness by trying to avoid all the trying experiences of life, but many things that happen in life make us stronger and increase our faith. Dear one, there simply is NO short cut to satisfaction (contentment, gratification, happiness).
If we are faithful to the Lord, and claim His Promises, He will equip us with the whole armor of God (Mat.6:34; 2 Cor.12:9; Phil.4:4, 7, 11, 13; Eph.6:11-13). We must remember that Jesus took NO short cuts to His satisfaction. God does not work that way. Jesus could have avoided the Cross and accepted the crown. That was what Satan wanted (Mat.4:1-10). But suffering always comes before satisfaction. There are various expressions about this: through trial to triumph; sunshine comes after the rain; light follows darkness; no pain, no gain; flowers come after the rain. That seems to be God's way of doing things. Since it is His method, then it is the very best way. Possibly you may be sitting in the shadows of life this day; trials and temptations threaten you, problems overwhelm you, and you have tasted the bitter without the sweet. If that is where you stand right now, let me encourage you to fortify your faith by saying that you are on the same path of darkness that the Lord Jesus followed, and that it shall at last lead to light if you walk in faith with Him. Psalm 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. (KJV) . . . With this in mind, let us consider Isaiah’s prophecy of the suffering Saviour.
The Suffering of the Saviour (53:1-6)
Isaiah 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? (KJV)
Who hath believed our report? . . . Isaiah seems to be registering a complaint because his message is not believed. I wonder what he would think about the present time. That which was revealed to Isaiah by God was not received by men, and this was always the sad outcome of the prophets. God told the prophet: Isaiah 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. (KJV) . . . In other words, they would hear, but not understand, they would see, but not know what is happening. That, without a doubt was exactly what Isaiah found to happen. The Gospel writer stated: John 12:37-41 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: 38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? 39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, 40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. 41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him. (KJV) . . . Emphasis mine.
God's prophets have NEVER been welcomed with open arms by the world (Isa.30:9-11), then or now. The people simply do NOT want to know what God says! The prophets had been stoned and the message ignored. Dear one, we have no prophets today, like those in the Old Testament who received their message directly from Almighty God. I believe that there are messengers today who bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is my humble opinion, that today, anyone who brings forth the untainted Holy Word of God, is a prophet. We have God’s Word in our possession, while the Old Testament prophets received their message straight from the Lord.
The apostle Paul said the preaching of the Cross of Christ is to them that perish is foolishness.
1 Cor. 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (KJV) . . . The Gospel is a challenge to those people.
1 Cor. 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (KJV)
If only people would open the Bible and give God a chance to talk with them! God does not use man's ways to do things. God chooses the weak things of the world to confound the mighty and the foolish things to confound the wise. 1 Cor. 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; (KJV) http://www.godcannotlie.org/1_cor_ch1.htm
There is a strange attraction about Isaiah Chapter 53. It is there, that we see One suffering, as no one else had ever suffered. It is there that we see One in pain, as a woman in travail. It seems the more I read that prophecy, the more I am strangely drawn, closer to Him and His cross.
John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. (KJV)
Suffering has an extraordinary attraction. It seems pain draws us all together. When we see
someone hurting and in misery, our heart automatically goes out in sympathy to him.
And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?. . . arm refers to God's power evidenced in His miraculous method of saving men (Rom.1:16-17; Eph.2:8-9). Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: (KJV)
Had Isaiah been living during the Christ Jesus’ ministry, he would have been saddened at the number of people who did not believe that He was the Messiah (Isa.49:4; Mk.6:6; 9:19). Two main reasons why ALL men should believe are: #1. the ancient prophets reported perfectly God’s message to them, and #2. Christ Jesus’ acts on Earth upheld the prophet' claims to the letter.
One objection to God's salvation is that it is free. It seems man thinks that he must pay something. Man can pay nothing, nor does he have anything that would be suitable to offer for salvation. The reason that salvation is free for us is because God has already paid . . . IN FULL . . . everything that was necessary for salvation. God the Father gave His Son to die upon the cross (Jn.3:16-17). Redemption is an immeasurable job that only God alone, could ever perform. Salvation is absolutely free for us, but it certainly was NOT cheap. Jesus paid a terrible price! He paid the price for us, because we could never have paid it.
Isaiah now brings us the Person of Christ Jesus. He tells us something of His beginning on the human side.
Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. (KJV)
For he shall grow up before him . . . grow up does not mean His exaltation, or rising up from a low to a high estate . . . but His low entrance into the world, like the springing up of a low and insignificant plant or shrub out of the Earth. Before him is to be understood either of God the Father, by whom He was taken notice of, in whose sight He is precious . . . but not by men, for He was despised by men. Another way to look at this is that it may be understood of Christ Jesus Himself, and be rendered "before himself," who was meek and lowly, and was meek and lowly in His own eyes. Or it could be interpreted of the unbelieving Jew, of any of them that did not believe Isaiah’s report concerning Him . . . because before him, in the sight of them, He sprang up in the way described. In other words, Jesus did NOT come to Earth as the Jews expected Him to come.
As a tender plant . . . which springs out of the Earth without notice; low in its sprouting, slow in its growth, likely to be crushed under-foot, or destroyed with the frost, and with no great possibility of its ever coming to perfection.
And as a root out of a dry ground . . . and as a root, as Christ is called (Isa.11:1, 10; Rom.15:12; Rev.5:5; 22:16), or as a branch (Isa.11:1;52:13; 53:11; Jer.23:5-6; 33:15; Zec.3:8; 6:12-13), the root is symbolic for the branch growing out of the root, as it is at times used, where Christ is called the root of Jesse, and of David, (Isa.11:10; Rev.5:5), or out of a dry ground; out of barren soil, whose productions are generally poor and shameful: either, #1. Out of the womb of a virgin; which was no ground for contempt or disrespect; or, #2. Of the Jewish nation, which was then poor, despised and enslaved; or, #3. Out of the poor and decayed, and contemptible family, such as the royal family of David was at that time.
He hath no form nor comeliness . . . His Bodily Presence and condition in the world shall be low and disgraceful.
When we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him . . . when the Jews looked at Him, they expected to see unsurpassed beauty and majesty in His appearance and the way that he carried Himself, and they were totally disappointed. They were expecting a glorious, majestic King, instead of a meek and lowly Suffering Servant!
Nowhere in all the Old Testament is it so plainly and fully prophesied, that Christ would FIRST suffer, and then would enter into His glory, as in this chapter. But sad to say, to this day very few (Mat.7:14) acknowledge that Divine power does indeed go out from His Word. The authentic and most important report of salvation for sinners, through the Son of God, is totally disregarded. The low condition Christ Jesus so willingly submitted to, and His appearance in the world, did NOT agree with the ideas the Jews had formed of the Messiah. It was expected that He would come in pomp and glory . . . instead He grew up as a plant among them, silently and obediently. He had none of the glory that they thought He would have, He was meek and lowly instead (Isa.53:7; Mat.11:29; 12:19; 21:5; 27:31; Jn.19:15-22; Jam.5:6; 1 Pet.2:23).
The Messiah’s whole life was not only humble but also sorrowful. He was a Man, so He had feelings just as we do. Because He was made sin for us (2 Cor.5:21), He had to undergo the penalty for sin, and the penalty is death. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV) To learn more about death, see:
Because Jesus (Messiah) died in OUR place on the cross, and when we believe God and accept His only begotten Son as our Saviour and Lord, and believe and accept in faith (Rom.5:1), what He did on OUR behalf on that cross, we are justified (Rom.3:22, 28; 4:5, 11; 5:1, 9. 18, 39, 33; 9:30; 10:4; 1 Cor.4:4; 611; Gal.2:16, 21; 3:6, 11, 24-29; 5:5; Phil.3:9; Heb.11:7; Jam.2:23).
2 Cor. 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (KJV)
Carnal hearts (unbelievers) see absolutely nothing in the Lord Jesus to desire an interest in Him. It is sad indeed that most of the people in the world despise Him, and reject His doctrine and authority! http://www.hisservants.org/is_jesus_god_h_s.htm
Christ was a root out of a dry ground, meaning that at the time of the birth of Christ, the family of David had been cut off from the kingship. They were no longer princes; they were peasants. The nation Israel was under the iron heel of Rome. They were not free. The Roman Empire produced no great civilization. The moral foundation was gone. A masculine manhood and a virtuous womanhood was replaced by a depraved, wicked and pleasure-loving population. The religion of Israel was gone. They simply performed empty rituals, their hearts remaining cold and indifferent. It was into such a situation when Christ Jesus came. He came from a noble family that was cut off, from a nation that had become slaves to Rome, in a day and age that was corrupt. Christ, as the loveliest Flower of humanity, came from the driest spot and period of the world's history. He is the Root out of a dry ground.
Now the prophet focuses our attention immediately on His suffering and death upon the cross.
He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him . . . some people conclude from this, that Christ was unattractive and misshapen in some way. Some go further and say that He was disgusting in His Personal appearance. That CANNOT be true because He was the Perfect Man. The Gospel records do NOT support any such viewpoint . . . but it was on the cross that this statement of Him became true in a very real way. His suffering was so intense that He became drawn and misshapen. The cross was NOT a pretty thing; it was absolutely awful to look at Him. People have created crosses that look very attractive, BUT they do NOT represent the Cross of Christ. His cross was not good to look at; His suffering was unspeakable; His death was horrible. He endured what NO other man ever endured or ever will. Our blessed Saviour did not even look human after His ordeal before and at the cross as we saw in the previous chapter. He was a mass of unsightly flesh.
We know that His death was different and horrible. We really need to understand the depths of His suffering.
Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (KJV)
He is despised and rejected of men . . . He was considered as the scum of mankind, as one unworthy of the company and conversation of all men. Rejected . . . forsaken of men (Isa.49:7).
A man of sorrows . . .His whole life was filled with sorrow, an uninterrupted succession of sorrows and sufferings. Sorrow was His most distinguishing characteristic.
Acquainted with grief . . . He was familiar with grief because He had constant contact with it.
And we hid as it were our faces from him . . .as one loathsome and abominable, as having a dislike for Him, and hatred for Him, as hating to look at Him, being unworthy of any notice.
He was despised, and we esteemed him not . . . here are several words stating the same thing, to mean both the utmost degree of contempt and disrespect . . . so strange this all was, that such an exceptional Person should be so hated, and still is today!
Christ Jesus (Messiah) was a Man of Sorrows
He was a man of sorrows, because He carried our sorrows (Isa.53:3-4). He Himself, personally had NO sin, sickness, pain or suffering because of His own sins. But, we DO have all these in abundance; and since He came into the world to carry them for us, He had to become identified with us in our sufferings by taking them upon Himself and bearing them to His death, so that we who believe, might be free from them. Sorrow simply was a characteristic of His pure and holy life, especially when He suffered before, and at the cross. He always had sorrows from the time His loving, holy, pure, sensitive, sinless and untainted life came in contact with all the sins, depravities, corruptions, sicknesses, diseases and pains of all He came in contact with.
Sorrow, sorrows; grief, pain: (Isa.52:4-5; Ex.3:7; 2 Chron.6:29; Job. 33:19; Ps.32:10; 69:26; Ecc.1:18; Jer.30:15; 45:3; Lam.1:12, 18).
Isaiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. (KJV)
Surely he hath borne our griefs . . . all who despised Him because of His human infirmities should have esteemed Him because of them. Matthew 8:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. (KJV)
He took upon Himself vicariously (in our place), as in (Isa.53:5-6, 8, 12), and so He took away; His perfect humanity whereby He was bodily afflicted for us, and in all our afflictions (Isa.63:9; Heb.4:15). Messiah's time of darkness was temporary (Mat.27:45), which was the answer to the bruising of His heel (Gen 3:15). Borne our griefs . . . borne means to lift; bear; carry away; cast away; ease; erase; take away. The idea is that of one person taking the burden of another and placing it on himself, as carrying an infant; or, as the flood lifted up the ark (Isa.53:4; Ps.103:12; Mat.8:16-17; 1 Jn.3:5). If Christ bore our griefs, then they were taken away in the same way sins are taken away, or borne, as in (Isa.53:11). This was not only done for people who lived during the few years of Christ's ministry on Earth, but it was planned and achieved for ALL men of ALL ages.
Grief is a malady (Isa.53:3-4); is a disease (2 Ki. 1:2; 8:8-9; 2 Chron.16:12; 21:18; Ecc.6:2); grief make us sick (Isa.1:5); is a sickness (Isa.38:9, 12; Deut.7:15; 28:59, 61; 1 Ki.17:17; 2 Ki. 13:14; 2 Chron.21:15, 19; Ps.41:3; Ecc.5:17). The words grief and griefs in Isa. 53:3-4 could have been translated sickness as the Hebrew word is translated elsewhere. Christ was not only acquainted with diseases and sicknesses in the sense of being able to discern and diagnose them, and by being familiar with them in others, but He actually bore them in His own body while hanging on the cross and becoming a substitute for others
And carried our sorrows . . . our sorrows, our sins, were transferred to Christ in those three dark hours on the cross, and were made to be His sorrows. Since sin and sickness were often connected as cause and effect in Scripture (Isa.33:24; Ps.103:12; Mat. 9:2; Jn.5:14; Jam.5:15), when He accepted, so willingly and out of love for us, our guilt, He also received the divine punishment connected with it. Jesus paid OUR penalty of sin IF we believe in what He did on the cross.
Yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted . . . it seems that the prophet was so afraid that we would miss this that he mentioned it three times: #1. The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. #2. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him. #3. He hath put him to grief. Confusion fills our souls when we understand that it was God the Father who treated the Perfect Man in such awful fashion. Acts 2:23-28 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. 25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: 26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: 27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. (KJV) . . . It is beyond us to understand this, and we are led to ask why God should treat Him in this manner. What had Christ done to deserve such treatment? Let us look for at that cross. Christ was on the cross six torturous hours (Mk.15:25-47), hanging between heaven and Earth from nine o'clock in the morning until three o'clock in the afternoon. In the first three hours man did his worst. He heaped ridicule and insult upon Him, spit upon Him, nailed Him without mercy to the cruel cross with huge nails, and then sat down to watch Him die. At twelve
o'clock noon, after He had hung there for three hours in agony, God drew a veil over the sun, and darkness covered that scene, shutting out from all human eyes the transaction between the Father and the Son. Christ became the Sacrifice for the sins of the world (1 Jn.2:2). God made HIS soul an offering for OUR sin. Christ Jesus was treated as sin, for we are told that He was made sin for us who knew no sin (2 Cor.5:21). If you want to know how much God hates sin, look at the Cross. If you want to know if God will punish man’s disobedience to Him (sin), look at His only begotten Son, as He willingly endured the torture of sins penalty. How can anyone possibly think they can escape God’s holy wrath, IF they neglect so great a salvation? (Heb.2:3).
Dear one, the Cross of Christ became our altar, where we see the Lamb of God taking away the sins of the world. He died for you and for me. Have you thanked Him today?
God warned Adam and Eve that if they disobeyed Him, the penalty would be death. While the serpent assured Eve that she would not die, he lied and the result was in fact the curse of death (Gen.3:17-19). Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV) . . . Dear one, sin is simply rebellion against God.
When we sin, it separates us from God’s lovingkindness and mercy. There are different kinds of death . . . . . . . . . http://www.hisservants.org/death_then_what_1.1.htm
When we sin and become separated from God, we become separated from true life. Therefore, unavoidably, we experience death, which is one kind of death. Three facts need to be clarified:
#1. Sin does not necessarily result in physical death right away. Romans 6 does not tell us that when we sin we will physically die, but instead it refers to spiritual death.
#2. When we are saved by faith in Christ, we are rescued from final spiritual death and brought into ultimate spiritual life. Paul told the Romans . . . but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
#3. Even sins of believers’ will still result in a type of spiritual death, which is separation from God. Even though we are rescued from the final penalty of sin (ETERNAL separation from God), we are NOT exempt from the penalty of a broken relationship with the Father. When we sin, we experience the symptoms of spiritual death: feeling guilty, empty, confused or separated from God. This is a horrible feeling! Anyone who is a TRUE child of God, knows this well! When we sin, we disobey God and act as unrighteous instead of righteous. Our sin, even as believers, hurts the heart of God and grieves His Spirit (Eph.4:30). Even though it does not cut off our relationship with Him, our sin does put a barrier, a fence between us, and He will not even hear our prayers (Isa.59:2; Jer.5:25), until we confess our wrong (1 Jn.1:8-9).
When we rebel against God’s rule in our lives, we rebel against the Life, and therefore experience spiritual death, a brokenness resulting in pain. When we return to God, we are also restored to spiritual life . . . and fellowship with God; The rejoicing father in the Parable of the
Prodigal Son said it best: Luke 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. (KJV) . . . Bible Verses About Punishment of Sin: (Eze.18:4, 20; Dan.12:2; Mat.25:41, 46; Jn.5:29; Acts 3:19; Rom.2:10, 23; 5:12; 6:23; 2 Cor.5:10, 21; Gal.6:7; 2 Thes.1:9; Jam.1:15; Rev.14:10-11; 20:10, 14-15; 21:8).
Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (KJV)
But he was wounded for our transgressions . . . NOT for His sins, because He had NONE (Jn.19:4; 2 Cor.5:21; Heb.4:15; 1 Pet.1:18-19; 1 Jn.3:5) of His own. He was wounded for our sins, for our rebellions against God, and transgressions of His law. He paid the price for us! He made atonement and satisfaction to the Father for us. He freed US from the punishment we deserve.
He was bruised for our iniquities . . . as grain was bruised by threshing it, or by its being ground in the mill, or as spice is bruised in a mortar, He was broken and crushed under the weight of sin, and the punishment of it.
The chastisement of our peace was upon him . . . meaning that the punishment of OUR sins was inflicted on HIM, and our peace and reconciliation with God was made by Him. Chastisement here does not mean the discipline of a father, and in love, such as the Lord chastises His people with; but is an act of divine judgment, in wrath, taking vengeance on our sins, where divine wrath is pacified, justice is satisfied, and peace is made for us.
And with his stripes we are healed . . . this phrase has caused questions, and created false doctrines (damnable heresies 2 Pet.2:1). Of WHAT are we healed? Are we healed of physical diseases? Is that the primary meaning of it? See what Simon Peter says: 1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (KJV) . . . Healed of what? Peter makes it very clear that we are healed of our trespasses and sins.
Surely our hearts go out in sympathy to our precious Saviour as He died there on the tree. Surely we are not unaffected by such pain and suffering. We would be hard-hearted indeed, if our hearts did not feel his agony.
Someone may think that He died a martyr's death. He did NOT die a martyr's death, for He did not embrace a lost cause! Our Lord died, being forsaken of God. Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (KJV) . . . His death was different from any other person who has ever died! He died alone . . . completely alone with the sins of the world so heavy upon Him, for He felt that His Father had forsaken Him.
As we consider His life and death, shouldn’t we be persuaded to turn from sin? But, that has not been the way it is!
How could an Old Testament person understand the idea of Christ dying for our sins, when this prophecy of Isaiah would not be fulfilled for 700 years? The Old Testament sacrifices suggested this idea, but it is one thing to kill a lamb, and something quite different to think of God's only begotten Son, His chosen servant as that Lamb. God pulled aside the curtain of time to let the people of Isaiah's day look ahead to the suffering of the future Messiah and the forgiveness that was made available to all people.
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (KJV)
All we like sheep have gone astray . . . this amazing verse begins with all and ends with all. ALL we like sheep have gone astray . . . NOT just some of us, but ALL of us (Ecc.7:20; Rom.3:10, 23). What is really the problem with mankind? What is your basic and my basic problem? It is stated in this next clause:
We have turned every one to his own way . . . . THAT is our problem! Man goes his way, NOT God's way! Scriptures warn us: Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (KJV) . . . Another proverb also cautions us:
Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (KJV) . . . Very few (Mat.7:14), take the Lord’s advice: John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV) . . . Although our Lord Jesus warns of the restricted entrance to Heaven (where the Father is), people have turned every one to his own way.
And the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all . . . Isaiah makes it clear that when Christ died on the cross He was taking your place and mine. Christ Jesus had done nothing wrong. He was holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners (Heb.7:26). He was OUR Substitute, who took OUR place on the cross, where we deserve to be!
Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. (KJV)
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted . . . He was severely punished for OUR sins. God's justice expected and required satisfaction from us for our sins; which we could not make to Him. And he was afflicted or punished . . . Christ bore (carried) the guilt and punishment of OUR sins in HIS body on that tree. http://www.godcannotlie.org/1_peter_ch.2.htm
He became our surety, He willingly accepted to pay OUR debt, and to suffer the law in OUR stead, and for OUR sake.
Yet he opened not his mouth . . . He did not murmur against God for causing Him to suffer for the sins of men, nor did He condemn men for punishing Him without a cause, nor did He use excuses to save His own life; but He willingly and patiently accepted of the punishment of OUR iniquity.
And as a sheep before her shearers is dumb . . . a sheep never opens its mouth when taken to be shorn. Christ was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter (Jer.11:19), as David was silent (Ps.38:13-14; 39:9), and Christ (Mat.26:63; 27:12, 14; 1 Pet.2:23).
Isaiah 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. (KJV)
He was taken from prison, and from judgment . . . the truth is that Christ was never kept in prison, nor did He have a fair trial; so the idea here is that He was cut off (Dan.9:26; Jn.11:49-52), from justice and judgment that was due Him. Pontius Pilate tries Jesus and orders His crucifixion: (Mat.27; Mk.15; Lk.23; Jn.18:28-40; Jn.19). The Jews considered Jesus too wicked to be given a fair trial. Even though He was declared innocent by His judge and others, He was denied freedom by His enemies. They pressured His judge who finally thought it best to turn Him over to them that he might save himself from being accused of treason to Caesar.
And who shall declare his generation . . . who can state the wickedness of His generation?
The wickedness of His generation agrees with oppressive judgment.
For he was cut off out of the land of the living . . . of His length of life, there shall be no end of His future days (Isa.53:10; Rom.6:9); His Son-ship and miraculous incarnation is eternal. He certainly shall be cut off, but after condemnation and judgment, He one day shall be accepted.
For the transgression of my people was he stricken . . . for the transgression . . . because of the sins of His people, Messiah was stricken. My people . . . Isaiah, included himself among them by the word my. It really is Almighty God who speaks through the person of His prophet. My people, by the election of grace (Isa.8:18; 53:10; Jn.10:29; 17:6-12; 1 Cor.4:15; Heb.2:13). Was he stricken . . . this is repeated again, to prevent men's mistakes about being hesitant of the death of Christ. Christ certainly did die, and He did NOT die for His own sins, but only for the sins and salvation of His people.
Isaiah 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. (KJV)
He made his grave with the wicked . . . and even though He did not die for His own sins, but only for His people's sins, yet He was willing to die like a criminal, or like a sinner, as all other men are, and to be put into the grave, which was yet a further degree of His humiliation. Isaiah says, He made his grave, because this really was Christ's own act, and He willingly submitted Himself to death and burial. And what follows, with the wicked, does not mean He was buried with the wicked. Christ would NOT be buried in the same grave with ether malefactors, but with the same condition; as when David prayed. Psalm 26:9 Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men: (KJV) . . . He does not mean it of the same grave, but of the same state of the dead.
And with the rich in his death . . . this Passage is thought by many to mean that Christ should be buried in the sepulchre of Joseph, who is said to be both rich (Mat.27:57), and honourable (Mk.15:42-43). In his death . . . He made His grave with the wicked, and was buried with the rich, even though He had never committed a crime or ever told a lie. The rich are often associated with the wicked (Mat.19:23-24; Mk.10:23-25; Lk.6:24; 16:22-23; 18:24; 1 Tim.6:9; Jam.5:1).
Because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth . . . Jesus had done NO wrong whatsoever to anyone, had never deceived anyone, was never unfair, always spoke Truth. He was known to speak in anger but His was righteous anger (Mat. Ch.23).
Jesus sinless: http://www.godcannotlie.org/is_jesus_god_ch7.htm
Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. (KJV)
Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him . . . even though He was flawlessly innocent, it pleased God for just and wise reasons to bruise (punish) Him (Ps.69:26; Zec.13:7; Rom.8:32; Gal.3:13; 1 Jn.4:9-10).
He hath put him to grief . . . God was the main reason for all the sorrows and sufferings of the Messiah, even though men's sins were the reason.
When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin . . . His soul here means His life. His life, or He Himself, His whole human nature was holy and sanctified; with His soul being tormented with the sense of feeling God's wrath, and His body crucified, where His Soul and Body were separated by death . . . . . . . . . http://www.hisservants.org/death_then_what_1.1.htm
His offered HIS soul for OUR sin . . . He did not lay down His life by force, He did it willingly.
He could have called 12 legions of angels if He wanted to. Matthew 26:53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? (KJV) . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/matthew_ch26.htm
God did indeed make His only begotten Son (Jn.3:16) a Sacrifice, by giving Him up to death on the cross for the atonement of men's sins (Dan.9:24; Rom.8:8; 2 Cor.5:21; Eph.5:2; Heb.7:7; 9:14, 25-26; 10:8-12; 13:10-13; 1 Pet.2:24). THANK YOU JESUS!
He shall see his seed . . . Christ Jesus was pleased with His death, because it was extremely beneficial to His people (Jn.1:11-12), and others (Lk.2:32; Rom.3:29; Gal.3:26-29), for He shall reconcile many to God (Rom.5:1, 10; Col.1:20; 1 Pet.3:18), and saved by His death (Jn.10:28-29; 11:25-26).
He shall prolong his days . . . those who believe and have faith (Rom.5:1) that Jesus died in their place on the cross, shall be raised to eternal life (Phil.3:21; 1 Cor.15:42-54), and shall live and reign with God for ever (Rev.20:6) ; he shall die no more (Rom.Ch.6 &9), and of his kingdom there shall be no end (Lk.1:33; Rev.11:15; 20:4-6; 22:3-5).
The pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand . . . God's gracious decree for the redemption and salvation of mankind would be successfully carried on by His Gospel and intercession.
When Jesus’ Life was made an Offering for sin, He would have many who would believe. All those justified by faith in Christ Jesus (Rom.3:24; 5:1, 10, 16-19), shall enjoy eternal life with their Redeemer (Jn.14:1-3; 1 Pet. 1:3-5).
In the Old Testament, people offered animals as sacrifices for their sins. Here, the Sinless Servant of the Lord offered Himself for our sins. He is the Lamb (Isa.53:7) offered for the sins of all people (Jn.1:29; Rev.5:6-14). The Messiah suffered for OUR sake, bearing our sins to make us acceptable to God. What do YOU say to such love? Have you responded to him?
Isaiah 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. (KJV)
He shall see of the travail of his soul . . .the holy, blessed fruit of all His hard labors and grievous and severe sufferings.
And shall be satisfied . . . we have a living and joyful Saviour, because His suffering led to His satisfaction. Dear one, He took away our penalty (Hell) that we might have eternal life in His Heaven. He is content and pleased with what He accomplished on the cross . . . for down through all the ages, multitudes have come to faith in Him and found sweet relief from the guilt of their sin, forgiveness for transgressions, and healing from the disease of sin. Christ Jesus tells us that there is joy in Heaven over one sinner that repents (Lk.15:7). If you have not yet trusted Christ as your Saviour, think of the joy in Heaven if you would repent . . . and the satisfaction of Christ.
By his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many . . . Christ Jesus is the Servant of the Lord (Isa.11:2-3; 42:1; 49:6; 52:13; 53:11; Eze.34:23; Zec.3:8; Phil.2:7-8). He is said to be righteous, because of the holiness of His nature, and the righteousness because of His sinless life as a Man; and because He faithfully discharged His work and office as Mediator (Jer.18:20; Jn.14:6; Eph.2:18; 1 Tim.2:5; Heb.8:6; 9:15, 24; 12:24; 1 Jn.2:1). And because He is the Author (Heb.5:9; 12:2) who brings in everlasting righteousness to those who have faith in Him; by which He justifies His people (Rom.5:1). He acquits and absolves them, pronounces them righteous, and frees them from condemnation and spiritual death. http://www.hisservants.org/death_then_what_1.1.htm
For he shall bear their iniquities . . . He shall satisfy the justice and law of God for all who have faith in Him, for He bore the punishment that was due because of their sins. Justification makes us right with God, justification is the complete opposite of condemnation (Jn.3:17-18; Rev.20:15).
You can bring added joy to the Heart of Jesus by accepting the gift of eternal life that He longs to give to you. He does NOT want any payment from you! He asks NOTHING from you, except for you to trust Him! He wants to give you the greatest blessing, the greatest gift this world has to offer! (Jn.4:10; Acts 8:20; 11:17; Rom.5:18; 6:23; 2 Cor.9:15; Eph.2:8-9; Jam.1:17). Salvation is FREE to all who reach out and grab it! (Rom.5:15, 16, 18). A gift is not yours unless you accept it! Jesus invites you to the foot of the cross where you will find forgiveness for your sins.
This verse tells of the huge family of believers who will become right with God, not by their own works, but by the Messiah's great work on the cross. They are justified (Rom.3:24; 5:1), because they have claimed Christ, the Righteous Servant, as their Saviour and Lord (Rom.10:9-10, 2 Cor.5:21). They become a new man (Eph.4:24; Col.3:10), for their old life of sin is stripped away, and they are clothed with Christ's goodness (Ps.100:5; Phil.1:6), and His righteousness (1 Cor.1:30).
Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (KJV)
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great . . . the great are the kings and princes of the Earth: these are the words of God the Father, promising Christ that He shall have as great a part or portion assigned to Him as any of the mighty monarchs of the world, one much more large and ample; that He would make Him much higher than the kings of the Earth (Rev.10:16), and give Him a Name above every name in this world (Phil.2:9), or that to come; and all this as the result of His sufferings, and as a reward for them (Phil.2:8), whereas the Lord's people are His portion (Rev.19:7-8), and with which Christ is well pleased, and greatly delighted (Deut.32:9).
And he shall divide the spoil with the strong . . . the same thing is repeated in different words, like many of the prophetical writers do. The meaning of both clauses is, that God will give Him (Messiah, Christ Jesus), and He shall receive . . . and there shall be great and happy success in His glorious responsibility. He shall conquer ALL His enemies, and lead captivity captive (Eph.4:8), and set up His universal and everlasting kingdom in the world (Ps.145:13; Dan.4:3, 43; 7:14, 27; 2 Pet.1:11).
Because he hath poured out his soul unto death . . . as water is poured out (Ps.22:14), or maybe as the wine was poured out in the libations or drink offerings . . . for Christ's Soul was made an Offering for sin, as before; and it may be said with respect to His precious Blood (1 Pet.1:18-19), in which the life of man consists (Lev.17:11, 14). His Life was shed or poured out for the remission of sin; of which He was emptied, because He willingly laid down His life in obedience to God's command (Jn.10:17-18), to redeem sinful mankind.
He was numbered with the transgressors . . . He was willing for God's glory and for man's good to be accused and punished like a malefactor (criminal), in the same manner and place, and between two of them (Mk.15:27-28).
He bare the sin of many . . . (vs.11), and is repeated here to prevent any mistakes, and to suggest
that although Christ was numbered with transgressors, and was used accordingly, yet He was NOT a transgressor, nor did He submit to and suffer this treatment for His own sins, but for the sins of others. The punishment He received was by His own consent laid upon Him.
Made intercession for the transgressors . . . His death on the cross interceded (intervened) on behalf of sinners who would believe and have faith in what He did on their behalf. We must believe in faith that what He did on that horrendous cross was for US! When we do, God justifies us because of Jesus! This includes ALL sinners . . . the sins of the world (1 Jn.2:2), and that included those who put Him to death (Ps.22:18; Mat.27:35-36; Mk.15:24. Jn.19:23-24). No sin is too big for God to forgive, if we repent (turn away from) it. To confess a sin (1 Jn.1:8-9) is simply agreeing with God that He is right and we are wrong!
In the Old Testament, people offered animals as sacrifices for their sins. Here, the Sinless Servant of the Lord offers Himself for our sins. He is the Lamb (Isa.53:7) offered for the sins of all people (Jn.1:29; Rev.5:6-14). The Messiah suffered in OUR place, bearing OUR sins, so we would be acceptable to God. BUT . . . unless you believe in FAITH that Jesus paid YOUR penalty for sin, you are NOT justified in the Eyes of Almighty God. I simply cannot comprehend the love Jesus has for us.
Things ONLY the Blood of Christ Does
1. It remits sins (Mat. 26:28).
2. It gives life to those who believe and trust Jesus (John 6:53).
3. It causes us to dwell in Christ and He in us (John 6:56).
4. It is the way by which Jesus purchased the church (Acts 20:28).
5. It is how Jesus becomes our Atonement through faith (Rom. 3:25).
6. It justifies us and saves us from God’s holy wrath (Rom. 5:1,9).
7. It redeems us (Eph.1:7; 1 Pet.1:18-19; Rev.5:9).
8. It brings those who were far away from God near to Him (Eph.2:13).
9. It brings the forgiveness of our sins (Col. 1:14).
10. It brings peace and reconciles us to God (Col. 1:20).
11. It obtains eternal redemption for us (Heb. 9:12).
12. It cleanses us to serve the living God (Heb. 9:14).
13. It gives us boldness to enter the most holy place (Rom.5:1-2; Eph.3:12; Heb. 10:19).
14. It speaks a better word than the blood of Abel (Heb.12:24).
15. It sanctifies us (Heb.13:12).
16. It makes us complete for every good work (Heb.13:20-21).
17. It cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).
18. It bears witness in the Earth along with the Spirit and the water (1 John 5:8).
19. It is the way by which Jesus washes us (Rev.1:5; 7:14).
20. It is the way by which we overcome the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:11).
Have you thanked God for the precious Blood of Christ (1 Pet.1:19) . . . the Blood of the new covenant (Lk.22:20; Heb.12:24) . . . the Blood of the eternal covenant (Heb.13:20)?
Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. (KJV) . . . Eternal life is found only in the precious Blood of Christ.
Seven Facts about Isaiah’s Prophecy:
1. The precise description of the sufferings of Christ should settle all argument with the Jews, because it proves that their ideas about Christ are wrong.
2. It was written over 700 years before the sufferings of Jesus Christ; this should settle all controversy with infidels. The description is so specific and exact as to the life, work, character and death of Christ that it could not possibly be guesswork or accidental. It has to be the fulfillment of a divine, prearranged plan.
3. The fulfillment could not have been the work of an imposter claiming to fulfill the ancient prophecy to promote his plans, for a large portion of the circumstances did not depend upon the One predicted, but grew out of the feelings and purposes of others trying to frustrate God’s divine plans. It would be IMPOSSIBLE for an imposter to create in his life, in every detail, to the exact coincidences regarding his experiences, work, character, and death as put forth in the prophecy.
4. No human being, even those in union with satanic powers, could have shaped the course of events connected with the fulfillment of the prophecy. There are multiple details connected with the Suffering of Messiah. No human could have fulfilled all those facts to the letter.
5. The Passage is quoted in the New Testament several times, as if from a well-known prophecy accepted by all Israel (Mt. 8:17; Jn. 12:38; Acts 8:28-35; Rom. 10:16; 1Pet. 2:21-25).
6. The prophecy proves that it refers to a PERSON, not a nation or group of people, for there are singular personal pronouns used throughout. His visage being marred more than that of other men; His form; His personal work with men; His being called a man; His being rejected, despised, smitten, and wounded; His death; His mouth; His grave; the offering of His soul for sin; and many other details could only refer to an individual, a Person . . . the Messiah.
7. The prophecy is divided 3 ways: #1. The heart of the prophecy (Isa.52:13-15). Isaiah describes the Messiah's humiliation and exaltation, showing that as a result of His humiliation to redeem, the nations of Earth and their kings would regard Him with profound reverence. #2. Reception of the prophecy (Isa.53:1). #3. The manifold sufferings of the Messiah.
ISAIAH'S PROPHECIES OF THE MESSIAH
TOTALLY FULFILLED IN JESUS OF NAZARETH
The Messiah: Jesus of Nazareth:
Will be born of a virgin (Isa.7:14) He was born of a virgin (Lk.1:26-31)
Will have a Galilean ministry (Isa. 9:1-2) Ministry began in Galilee (Mat. 4:13-16)
Will be Heir to David’s throne (Isa. 9:7; 11:1,10) Given David’s throne (Lk. 1:32, 33)
His way will be prepared (Isaiah 40:3-5) Was announced by John the Baptist (Jn.1:19-28)
Will be spit on and struck (Isaiah 50:6) Was spit on and struck (Mat.26:67)
Will be exalted (Isa. 52:13) Was highly exalted by God and people (Phil. 2:9-10)
His visage marred by suffering (Isa.52:14) Given a crown of thorns (Mk.15:15-19)
Will make a Blood atonement (Isa.53:5) Shed His Blood to atone for our sins (1Pet.1:2)
Will be rejected far and wide (Isa.53:1,3) Was accepted by just a few (Jn.12:37-41)
Will bear our sins and sorrows (Isa.53:4-5) Died for our sins (Rom. 4:25; 1Pet.2:24-25)
Will be our substitute (Isa.53:6,8) Died in our place (Rom.5:6, 8; 2Cor.5:21)
Paid our penalty for sin (Isa.53:7-8) He took on our sins (Jn.1:29; Rom. 6:10; 2Cor.5:21)
Gentiles will seek Him (Isa.11:10) Gentiles came to speak to Jesus (Jn.12:20-21)
Will be silent before His accusers (Isa.53:7) Was silent before Herod and his court (Lk.23:9)
Will save all who believe in Him (Isa.53:12) Provided salvation for all who believe (Jn.3:16)
Will die with transgressors (Isa.53:12) Was numbered with the transgressors (Mk.15:27-28)
Will heal the brokenhearted (Isa.61:1,2) Healed the brokenhearted (Lk. 4:18-19)
God's Spirit will rest on Him (Isa.11:2) The Spirit of God descended on Jesus (Lk.3:22; 4:1)
Will be buried in a rich man's tomb (Isa.53:9) Was buried in tomb of a rich man (Mat.27:57-60)
He will judge all with righteousness (Isa.11:4-5) He was given authority to judge (Jn.5:27; 2Tim.4:1,8)
Five Prophecies Not Yet Fulfilled:
#1. My servant will deal prudently (on Judgment Day) (Mat.25:31-46; Jn.5:29; Rev.14:10-11; 20:10, 15; 21:8).
#2. He will be exalted and extolled, and be very high (Rom.14:11-12; Phil.2:9-11; 1 Tim.6:15; Rev.5:14; 17:14; 19:11-21).
#3. He will sprinkle many nations (Num.8:7; Eze.36:25; Mat.28:19; Acts 2:33; Tit.3:5-6; Heb.9:13-14; 10:22; 11:28; 1 Pet.1:2).
#4. Kings will shut their mouths before Him (Mat.28:18; Jn.3:31; 5:22-23; Eph.1:20-22; Phil.2:9-11; Heb.1:3; Rev.5:6-13).
#5. That which had not been told them they will see, and that which they had not heard, they will consider (Mat.13:14; Lk.3:6; Jn.1:51; Rom.15:20-21; 16:25-26; Eph.3:5-9).
Christ Jesus (Messiah) was a Man of Sorrows
He was a man of sorrows, because He carried OUR sorrows (Isa.53:3-4). He Himself, personally had NO sin, sickness, pain or suffering because of His own sins, for He had NONE! But, we DO have all these in abundance; and since He came into the world to carry them for us, He had to become identified with us in our sufferings by taking them upon Himself and bearing them to His death, so that we who believe, might be free from them. Sorrow simply was a characteristic of His life, especially as He suffered before, and at the cross. He always had sorrows from the time His loving, holy, pure, sensitive, sinless and untainted life came in contact the all the sins, depravities, corruptions, sicknesses, diseases and pains of all He came in contact with. Sorrow, sorrows; grief, pain: (Isa.52:4-5; Ex.3:7; 2 Chron.6:29; Job. 33:19; Ps.32:10; 69:26; Ecc.1:18; Jer.30:15; 45:3; Lam.1:12, 18).
Christ Bore OUR Sin
It is so stated in Isa. 53:4-5. He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows . . . He was wounded (pierced, slain physically) for our transgressions . . . bruised (spiritually) for our iniquities . . . and with His stripes we are healed (spiritually).
He was made sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. He did not personally experience all the sicknesses and diseases (sins), but His Soul became sick when He became an Offering for sins. He made atonement for sin and all its effects. Christ atoned for and made provision for the sickness (disease) of SIN to be healed, as well as for sin to be forgiven.
Peter confirmed the doctrine of Isaiah in stating that Christ bore the sins of all men in His body on the cross, and that by His stripes we are healed (1Pet. 2:24).
The Lives of the Prophets includes the lives of the 23 prophets. Some lives are extremely short, only the most basic information is given, while for the others there are details and stories. The main facts indicated in their lives are the followings:
Isaiah: said to be of Jerusalem, suffered martyrdom by being sawn in two by Manasseh, was buried near a place usually identified by scholars as the Pool of Siloam.
Jeremiah: said to be of Anathoth (Jer.1:1), suffered martyrdom by stoning at Tahpanhes in Ancient Egypt where he was also buried. His remains were later moved to Alexandria. Before the First Temple was destroyed, Jeremiah hid miraculously in the rock the Ark of the Covenant.
Ezekiel: said to be of Arira and to be of a priesthood family. He suffered martyrdom in the land of the Chaldeans and was buried in the grave of Shem and Arpachshad.
Daniel: said to be of the Tribe of Judah and born at Beth Horon. He is described as a man devoted to fast and prayer, and the story, full of miraculous details of Nebuchadrezzar's conversion is narrated.
Hosea: said to be of the Tribe of Issachar and born at Belemot where he was buried.
Micah: said to be of the Tribe of Ephraim. He suffered martyrdom by Jehoram and buried in his land near the cemetery of the Anakim.
Amos: said to be born in Tekoa (Amos 1:1), tortured by Amaziah (the priest of Beth-el of Amos 7:10) and martyred by the son of this one. He was buried in his birth-land.
Joel: said to be of the Tribe of Reuben, born and buried in Bethomoron.
Obadiah: said to be born in Beth-acharam in the land of Sichem.
Jonah: said to be born in the land of Kariathmos near the Greek town of Azotus. After his predication in Nineveh he went to live with his mother in Sur. He returned in Judea, died, and was buried in the cave of Kenaz.
Nahum: said to be of Elkesi (Nah.1:1), in front of Isbergabin of the Tribe of Simeon. He died in peace and was buried in his land.
Habakkuk: said to be from the land of Bethzuchar and of the Tribe of Simeon. After the fall of Jerusalem he went to live in the land of Ishmael and then returned to help the Hebrews who remained. He later went in Babylon during the Babylonian captivity where he met Daniel. He died two years before the end of the captivity and was buried in his land.
Zephaniah: said to be from the land of Sabaratha and of the Tribe of Simeon. He was buried in his land.
Haggai: said to come in Jerusalem from Babylon when he was young, and he saw the reconstruction of the Temple. He was buried near the graves of the priests (probably in the Kidron Valley).
Zechariah: said to come in Jerusalem from Babylonia when already old. He blessed both Jozadak (the father of Joshua) and Zerubbabel. He died old and was buried near Haggai.
Malachi: said to be born in Sofa. He died young and was buried with his fathers.
Nathan: said to be from Gaba. He taught the Torah to David. He died very old and was buried in his land.
Ahijah the Shilonite (1 Kings 11:29): said to be from Shiloh. He was buried near the oak of Shiloh.
Joad or Ioad referred to as the man of God in 1 Kings 13:1; said to be of Samareim and was buried as stated in 2 Kings 23:17-18.
Azariah (2 Chronicles 15:1): said to be from the land of Subatha. He was buried in his land.
Elijah the Tishbite: is said to be from the land of the Arabs, of the tribe of Aaron that was in Gilead. Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven (2 Ki.2:11).
Elisha: is said to be of Abelmaul (1 Kings 19:16) in the land of Reuben. He was buried in Samaria.
John the Baptist: beheaded by Herod for publicly accusing him of adultery, is often considered to be the last of the Old Testament prophets (Mat.14:1-12).
CLASSIFICATION OF THE PROPHETS: Prophets of the Old Testament are usually grouped as writing and oral prophets. Within these two groupings is another classification based on size, and not on content, or on the quality of inspiration. Four of the prophetic books were longer in content and therefore called “major prophets.” It does not mean the major prophets were more important or important in subject matter than the “minor prophets.” The minor prophets simply mean shorter books, nothing more.
MAJOR WRITING PROPHETS: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel.
MINOR WRITING PROPHETS: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.
Book of Isaiah . . Isaiah's Mini-Bible
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Isaiah's Introduction to the Suffering Servant
Isaiah's Suffering Servant Prophecy. . . Isaiah 52:13-53:12
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