I came across Isaiah 53 yesterday when I was blogging about the trail of Jesus. This chapter of the Bible foreshadows a fair bit of what happens to Jesus.
Professor Peter W. Stoner who authored “Science Speaks” stated that the probability of just eight particular prophecies being fulfilled in one person is 1 in 10*17 (i.e. 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). – http://www.raptureready.com/featured/funk/statistics-probability.html
Anyways, just thought I’d throw that in there, because it came across my mind.
Back to topic, Isaiah 53.
The book can be separated into 10 different sections – broad over views for the content in each.
Isaiah 53 fits into “Redemption through the servant” which is again under “Dealing with our weaknesses”
So, when reading this chapter, or the excerpts, remember that it’s focus is on redemption through Christ.
“1 Who believes what we’ve heard and seen? Who would have thought God’s saving power would look like this?
2-6The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,
a scrubby plant in a parched field.
There was nothing attractive about him,
nothing to cause us to take a second look.
He was looked down on and passed over,
a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at him and people turned away.
We looked down on him, thought he was scum.
But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him,
that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through his bruises we get healed.
We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.
We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong,
on him, on him.”
This passage describes Jesus. It says he was nothing special to look at, that he was looked down on considered scum. It says that people blamed him for all that went wrong in his life – and by extension those same people would have ignored the good he did.
Isaiah reminds us at this point, that it wasn’t Jesus’ wrong doing as he lived his life perfectly, but it was our wrong doing that caused Jesus to be sacrificed.
So, why was He killed? Sacrificed?
10Still, it’s what God had in mind all along,
to crush him with pain.
The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin
so that he’d see life come from it—life, life, and more life.
And God’s plan will deeply prosper through him.
Well, I think that sums it up clearly enough!
A sin offering is what they had to do in the old testament, if they broke a law, then, they had to sacrifice a perfect specimen of what ever animal was involved. Anything from doves on through to bulls. Other crimes had greater punishments or required other rituals.
However, Jesus was the perfect sacrifice! He was perfect, God and man, He was the perfect sacrifice. Now when we sin, we don’t have to find a pair of perfect doves, or bull. We simply have to be truely sorry, and ask God for forgiveness! Simple! Easy. Perfect.
11-12Out of that terrible travail of soul,
he’ll see that it’s worth it and be glad he did it.
Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant,
will make many “righteous ones,”
as he himself carries the burden of their sins.
Therefore I’ll reward him extravagantly—
the best of everything, the highest honors—
Because he looked death in the face and didn’t flinch,
because he embraced the company of the lowest.
He took on his own shoulders the sin of the many,
he took up the cause of all the black sheep.
This particular section is talking about the suffering, Jesus goes through – the first two lines explain that it’s tough, but He know’s it is worth it. The second is where it alludes to there being many “righteous ones” that is to say, prophets, people filled with the Holy Spirit. The next few lines are explaining that Jesus will be resureccted, and receive the highest honour – sitting at the right hand side of God – when in Heaven.
The last two lines are a repeat of each other this is the form of poetry the Hebrews used. It’s summing things up in a manor that I imagine (not speaking Hebrew or have seen the Hebrew version) was easy to remember, and easy to understand.
Thanks for reading.