Bible Pathways - Aug. 11, 2006
Christ to bear our grief, suffering, and sin; the Lord's everlasting love for
God revealed to Isaiah that the Messiah, the King of kings, would first be My Servant . . . (then) He shall be exalted (Isaiah 52:13). Jesus first came as the Servant (of God), as the Suffering Savior; but He will soon return highly exalted as the King of kings.
The religious leaders of the first century were looking for a warrior-king, like David, to deliver them from the oppression of
He was oppressed, and He was afflicted. . . . He was taken from prison and from judgment . . . He was cut off out of the land of the living (He perished): for the transgression of My people was He stricken. And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death. . . . Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin (Isaiah 53:7-10). Had they been in subjection to the Word of God, they would have recognized their Messiah who provided deliverance from sin and freedom from oppression. He shall grow up before Him (the Lord) 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 (53:2). Dry ground illustrates the spiritual condition of the religious world without Jesus. He alone provides eternal life for all who confess their guilt, repent of their sins, and seek to obey His Word. That's why it's important to read all of it, even though we fall short of what God desires us to be. Who is He that condemneth? It is Christ that died (for our sins) . . . who also maketh intercession (prays to God the Father) for us (Romans 8:34).
As the One who was rejected by His own people (Isaiah 53:3; compare Luke 23:18; John 1:11); remained silent when He was falsely accused (Isaiah 53:7; Mark 15:3-5); was buried with the rich (Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 27:57-60); and was crucified with sinners (Isaiah 53:12; Mark 15:27-28).
52:1 uncircumcised =b> heathen (those without a covenant with God); 52:10 made bare His holy arm =b> revealed His power; 52:12 rereward =b> rear guard; 52:14 visage =b> appearance, countenance; 57:4 sport =b> ridicule; 57:17 frowardly =b> rebelliously.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Psalms 84:11