Summary: A study of chapter 53 verses 1 through 12
Isaiah 53: 1 – 12
No Greater Love
1 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. 3 He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by 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 has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. 9 And they made His grave with the wicked—But with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You 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 the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
There are many things that amaze me for examples how can a medical doctor who knows the intricate design of the human body. How it remains the same and is not evolving. How can one not understand or accept the fact that human beings are not just a bi-product of evolution but had Someone who created us. For this matter how can anyone look around at the earth and sky and not realize that there Is A Creator.
In todays study anyone with half a brain would know that it is speaking about our Lord Jesus Christ. No One else has ever undergone this type of treatment or for this matter ever will. How can they not accept the fact that He Is The Messiah, The Servant of Yahweh, Father God. I have come down with the conclusion that these people do know that this is true but they refuse to accept Him as The Supreme Ruler of all.
Have you ever seen the movie ‘The Passion’? Some have responded to me that they have seen this movie many times. Having viewed this movie, one showing was enough for me. Oh don’t mistake me for what I am like. I have seen numerous dead people, shot up, ran over, body parts all over the place, but to see my Precious Holy Lord and Savior and somewhat see the brutal treatment He received because of my sins, I have a hard time dealing with it.
This chapter overflows with examples of all the extremes of suffering and condemnation that could be poured out on someone. Commentators regularly try to select one aspect or another as being the overriding factor, but by doing so fail to recognize the point that The Holy Spirit Is making, which is that He suffered all that could possibly be laid on or experienced by someone of all the ills of the world. He piles word upon word in order to ensure that we recognize that here was One Who took on Himself the totality of all men’s miseries, namely, the miseries which accrued to all because of sin. To put it simply and profoundly in the words of Paul, ‘He was made sin for us’, and thus bore in Himself the consequences of that sin.
This is neatly brought out in the description of His burial. He would be buried both with the wicked, the criminal, the outcast, and with the rich man, the equally wicked but outwardly respected. In Him was summed up man’s total sinfulness. While we may certainly consider the meaning of the parts, we fail to understand our Wonderful Holy Ghost’s purpose if we do not recognize that the suffering and consequences described are the lot of all men as summed up on only One. Such a unique situation could only apply to Someone Who was totally unique.