Summary: Of the many that hear the report of the gospel there are few, very few, that believe it.


SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 53

Isaiah 53:1 “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?” KJV

Isaiah 53:1 “Who has believed--trusted in, relied upon and clung to--our message of that which was revealed to us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been disclosed?” Amplified Version


Of the many that hear the report of the gospel there are few, very few, that believe it. It is reported openly and publicly, not whispered in a corner, or confined to the schools, but proclaimed to all; and it is so faithful a saying, and so well worthy of all acceptation, that one would think it should be universally received and believed. But it is quite otherwise; few believed the prophets who spoke before of Christ; when he came himself none of the rulers nor of the Pharisees followed him, and but here and there one of the common people; and, when the apostles carried this report all the world over, some in every place believed, but comparatively very few. To this day, of the many that profess to believe this report, there are few that cordially embrace it and submit to the power of it. Matthew Henry

The main design of the prophet in all this portion of his prophecy is, undoubtedly, to state the fact that the Redeemer would be greatly exalted (see Isaiah 52:13; 53:12). But in order to furnish a fair view of his exaltation, it was necessary also to exhibit the depth of his humiliation, and the intensity of his sorrows, and also the fact that he would be rejected by those to whom he was sent. Barnes’ Notes


A. To Believe

1. Believed Defined

0539 'aman {aw-man'} a primitive root; TWOT- 116; v AV - believe 44, assurance 1, faithful 20, sure 11, established 7, trust 5, verified 3, stedfast 2, continuance 2, father 2, bring up 4,

nurse 2, be nursed 1, surely be 1, stand fast 1, fail 1, trusty 1; 108

1) to support, confirm, be faithful

1a) (Qal)

1a1) to support, confirm, be faithful, uphold, nourish

1a1a) foster-father (subst.)

1a1b) foster-mother, nurse

1a1c) pillars, supporters of the door

1b) (Niphal)

1b1) to be established, be faithful, be carried, make firm

1b1a) to be carried by a nurse

1b1b) made firm, sure, lasting

1b1c) confirmed, established, sure

1b1d) verified, confirmed

1b1e) reliable, faithful, trusty

1c) (Hiphil)

1c1) to stand firm, to trust, to be certain, to believe in

1c1a) stand firm

1c1b) trust, believe

B. Those Who Believed

1. The Centurion

Matthew 8:13 “And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast

believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.”

2. The Disciples

John 2:11 “This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.”

3. The Nobleman

John 4:50 “Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man

believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.”

4. Thomas

John 20:29 “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast

believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”

5. Abraham

Romans 4:3 “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was

counted unto him for righteousness.”


A. Report

08052 sh@muw`ah {sehm-oo-aw'} pass part of 08085; TWOT- 2412d; n f AV - rumour 9, tidings 8, report 4, fame 2, bruit 1, doctrine 1, mentioned 1, news 1; 27

1) report, news, rumour

1a) report, news, tidings

1b) mention

B. What Is The Report?

1. Mankind (v. 6)

a. All we like sheep have gone astray;

b. We have turned everyone to his own way;

c. The LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

2. Christ

a. Born of a virgin.

b. Despised and rejected of men. (v. 3)

c. He hath born our griefs, and carried our sorrows. ((v. 4)

d. He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our

iniquities. (v. 5)

The word used here means properly to be broken to pieces, to be bruised, to be crushed (Job 6:9; Psalm 72:4). Applied to mind, it means to break down or crush by calamities and trials; and by the use of the word here, no doubt, the most

severe inward and outward sufferings are designated. Barnes’ Notes

e. The chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we

are healed. (v. 5)

f. Christ died a Sinless Sacrifice.

g. Risen from the grave as Lord and Savior.

h. Forgives us of our sins.

C. Haven’t You Heard The Report?

Romans 10:16 “But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 10:18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.”

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