Isaiah 53

He was despised and seemed too common 1
Yet he bore our griefs and heals us who are stray sheep 4
The Father was pleased by His sacrifice and will honor Him 10
Magnificent in its depth of meaning, this chapter in Isaiah has been reinterpreted by those who do not want to see Jesus Christ as the Messiah. A simple reading of the text, however, with a prayer in the heart, will bring conviction. But can the servant also be seen as Israel? See on is4108.
.1 ¶ Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
.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.
.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.
  2 - He From the previous chapter is5213, the servant. See jn1312-14.
  3 - Hid ... our faces Before His trial the disciples followed Jesus for a time then left Him mt2656.
.4 ¶ Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
.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.
.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.
.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.
.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.
.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.

   7 - As a lamb We see Christ here under the most unjust trial mt2662. We need wisdom to know when defending religious liberty becomes the kind of fighting back that Christ avoided. Compare jn18.
  8 - He was taken from prison ... "By oppression and judgment he was taken away." (RSV).
  8 - He was cut off da0926. Image © Corel
.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.   Pleased the Lord to bruise him That it, this was the Father's will that the Messiah die jn0316, is5213.
  Offering for sin The word asham normally refers to a trespass offering le0605 presented when restitution was needed. Here Christ would pay the price for our sins enabling us to have life. jn1703, 2co0521, 1pe0224.
  Seed From zera. Descendants. In this case, spiritual descendants, those who accept His offer of salvation, those born again. jn0303, jn0112. Christ/Messiah endured the death of the cross with joy considering those who would thus receive life!
  Prolong his days After His resurrection and ascension to heaven He would see the fruit of His sacrifice. he0716, 25; re0118. He would not die in vain.
  Pleasure of the Lord The will of the Lord. Christ delighted in doing the will of His Father mt2639, jn0434, jn0638.
.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.
.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.
  11 - Soul Here meaning "life" or "self." 1ki1721, ps01610. v3. On satisfied see on jn1223.
  11 - His soul ... bear their iniquities What a magnificent promise for you and me.
  12 - Divide him a portion Consider the scene of a victory in battle. The "spoil" taken away from the enemy is what was lost as a result of sin. Christ will be proven as a faithful warrior and the spoil will be divided with those He saved.

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