The Book of Isaiah

Chapter 53

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Messiah's Propitiatory Work

Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 53

        Propitiatory--   having power to atone for.

     Isaiah 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

     Revealing His power, to make war. War against who? Those that offend, those that are unrighteous, those that don’t care about anything except what they can get out of this life. Those that work AGAINST Him and FOR Satan.

     I read a news report just yesterday about how teenagers are setting up Satan-oriented clubs for these kids to go to after school. It’s a national movement in its baby stages but they are trying to get things started in major cities like Atlanta, Detroit, Washington, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles.

     What I find most interesting about it all is that the leader of this movement, the founder of the Satanic Temple of Seattle, her name is Lilith Starr. Does that name Lilith strike a chord in your memory banks?

     In some ancient Jewish Texts, Lilith was purported to have been Adam’s wife before Eve. Of course, it’s untrue, there is no record of this in the Manuscripts, just another heresy from those that hate our Father and follow Satan.

     If you have children in middle school through high school you may do well to talk to your kids about this, see if there is an effort to start one of these clubs in their school.

     Isaiah 53:2 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.

     A lot of people think that comeliness means moderately good looking, but that’s not what it means in the Hebrew:

     Comeliness--OT:1926 hadar (haw-dawr'); from OT:1921; magnificence, i.e. ornament or splendor: -beauty, comeliness, excellency, glorious, glory, goodly, honour, majesty.

     Who is the he in this verse? Our Lord Jesus Christ, Yashuah.

     Who is the him in this verse? Our Heavenly Father, Yahaveh.

     As a root out of the dry ground. In the flesh, our Lord came through the stem of Jesse, which is David, and he was just a little shepherd taking care of his sheep to begin with. Out there on the dry desert soil.

     There is no beauty that we should desire him. We could not wish for Him to be anymore glorious and beautiful than He already is.

     Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

     They made fun of, and ridiculed Him, while preparing Him for the crucifixion:

     Ref: Matthew 27:28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.

      Ref:  Matthew 27:29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

     Ref: Matthew 27:30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.

     Ref: Matthew 27:31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. KJV

     This word grief really means sickness:

       Grief--OT:2483 yl!j( choliy (khol-ee'); from OT:2470; malady, anxiety, calamity: KJV - disease, grief, (is) sick (-ness).

     Isaiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

     He took on our sicknesses and our heartaches, just as He took on all our sins.

     Yet we did esteem him stricken. They looked upon Him as though He had leprosy.

     It’s interesting to note that the Jews thought that He was being punished for something that He did, not that He would die on that cross for the things that we did.

     Isaiah 53:5 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.

     That’s why our Father sent Him. The human race was in such a spiritually deplorable condition that none would be saved if left to their own devices. Satan’s knowledge of our human weaknesses and the lustful desires of the flesh gave him tremendous opportunities to tempt us and try us and we fell into his pit, destroyed by our own desires.

     Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

     We all just get up every morning and do our own thing. Everybody. Paying no attention or thought to the fact that as we go through our day we have the surety that He died on that cross so that when we say our prayers before going to bed at night, that our sins would be forgiven and the door to eternity would remain open or be opened again after forgiveness.

     He didn’t do anything wrong, WE DID. He didn’t lie and cheat to get ahead and make more money, WE DID. He didn’t ignore our spiritual side, abandoning everything for the sake of worldly pleasures, WE DID.

     Nobody beat us or bruised us or nailed us to a cross because we did wrong, they did it to HIM when HE did no wrong.

     What if you had a neighbor living next door that was the ringleader of a group of people that went out each night and robbed people, broke into their homes and stole their stuff, and the cops came over to your house and beat you and took YOU to jail? What would you say to that?

     Man, you would be crying and telling the cops that you weren’t the one that did all that, your neighbor did it all, and no one listened to you. They still put you in jail.

     By analogy, that’s exactly what happened to our Lord. He took the beatings and humiliation for something that we would do in the future. He loves us that much.

     He takes on all of our sins. He clears our record in the Book of Life.

     Isaiah 53:7 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.

     It was obvious, even to Pontius Pilate, that our Lord had done no wrong except to go against the prevailing religious leaders. With the Kenites in the crowd crying:

     "Crucify him!. Crucify Him!"

     Ref: Matthew 27:13 Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?

     Ref: Matthew 27:14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly. KJV

     And Pilate’s wife, through a dream, was convinced that He had done no wrong

     Ref: Matthew 27:19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. KJV

     But He took it all without even a whimper. He didn’t try to talk His way out of it. It was something that HAD to be done else we would all die a spiritual death

     Isaiah 53:8 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.

     For the transgression of my people was he stricken. For the sins of His people, the Hebrew race, but it also included the Gentiles as well:

     Ref: 2nd Corinthians 5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. KJV

     Verse 9.

     Isaiah 53:9 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.

     And he made his grave with the wicked. Actually,it would read like this:

     “They appointed Him His grave with the wicked”

     Remember the two thieves, one on either side of Him?

     Ref: Matthew 27:38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. KJV

     And with the rich in his death. After the crucifixion was over, Joseph, a man from Arimathea and of considerable wealth, and uncle to Mary, went before Pilate and secured the right to take His body, prepare it for burial, and place it into a fresh-hewn sepulcher on his property, which was close to the area where He died.

     Neither was any deceit in his mouth. He didn’t lie, there were no lies coming from His mouth. Whatever words He spoke, they were the truth.

     Again, why would our Lord go through this horrible type of death?

     Ref: Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; KJV

     The children are partakers of flesh and blood. Our Father required that all of us be born in the flesh and blood body and so it was with our Lord, He would not require us to do something that He Himself would not also do.

     Isaiah 53:10 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.

     Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him. Bruise who? Satan, and we can verify that by reading Genesis:

     Ref: Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. KJV

     Bruise his heel was prophesy fulfilled when the feet of our Lord were actually nailed to that wooden wedge at the bottom of the cross and the skin of His heel actually touched the wood.

     Isaiah 53:11 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.

     Our Father speaking about His Son here.

     Through His death, our Lord bore the sins of all humanity, past, present and future. For all time.

     Isaiah 53:12 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. KJV

     And made intercession for the transgressors. He stands between us and the Father, pleading our case and asking for mercy.

     Many people go through life giving little thought to our Lord or our Father or what they have done for us, to give us every possible chance and opportunity to live throughout eternity at their side.

     They sit in that pew every Sunday morning, blindly and passively listening to the same song and dance, the truth and weight of the words in that book barely being uncovered, the traditions and business of the church being more important than placing seeds of truth in the minds of people, to give the Holy Spirit an opening into their soul.

     I have always been a believer that if you want something done right, you had better do it yourself. Don’t depend on your preacher or anyone else to save your soul from that Lake of Fire. That’s a job that you must do yourself.

     Finger pointing will get you nowhere when you stand before the Father on Judgment Day.


—23 October 2016—