Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53
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.3He 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.
Arm—power, miracles, a title for the Messiah, God’s visible representation on earth. Believed our report—John 12:37-38—despite doing so many miracles before them, they did not believe.
Comeliness—glory, honor, majesty, beauty. He will not burst on the scene, but will come in humbly and grow before them. There is nothing attractive about Him that we would look with delight on him.
Man of sorrow—his distinguishing characteristic was sorrow. Acquainted with grief—familiar with by constant contact with disease, calamity,
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 everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Borne [took] our griefs—our sicknesses. Sorrows—Carried as a burden our anguish, affliction, pain. Quoted in Matthew 8:17—casting out demons and healing people. Stricken and smitten of God—His lowliness was viewed as a sign of divine rejection and judgment. Perfect picture of Job!
Wounded—physical suffering was not for his sins, but ours. Bruised—beat to pieces, crushing inward and outward pain. Chastisement—correction, rebuke, discipline, punishment inflicted by a parent.
Sheep astray—naturally going our own way in sin and leading others that way—broad road to destruction, conformity, Christ has our sin laid on Him, treated as though He were the one going astray.
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.
Oppressed—press, drive, exact pressure upon under a harsh taskmaster. Afflicted—depressed, downcast, humbled, bowed down. Opened not mouth—He neither murmured against God nor reviled man.
Taken out of life by oppression and violence under a pretense of justice.
Although they killed him with thieves, he was buried in a rich man’s tomb. No violence—no wrongdoing, injustice, oppression.
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.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.
Messiah who is innocent was treated as guilty. People thought He was getting His deserved punishment from God. In reality, this was God’s plan, this is the means He chose to use to save us.
Pleased—this was God’s desire, His will. The outcome of this will, which seems cruel up front, resulted in eternal life with an eternal heritage.
Satisfied with travail—seeing the end result, fruit. travail--two Hebrew words—out of, after + toil and labor, the suffering brought about justification and this satisfies.
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.
Glory comes in the end. The intercession of His death is the cause of His triumph. He will have glorious victory over all enemies through this death.