Isaiah 52:13-15 – a preview of Isaiah 53

MONDAY

NIV Isaiah 52:13 See, my servant will act wisely; {13 Or will prosper} he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. 14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him {14 Hebrew you} –his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness– 15 so will he sprinkle many nations, {15 Hebrew; Septuagint so will many nations marvel at him} and kings will shut their mouths because of him. For what they were not told, they will see, and what they have not heard, they will understand.

These verses are a prelude of what is to follow. They are a summary of everything in Chapter 53. This section (52:13- 53:12) is so precise in its prediction of Messiah and His work that no man could orchestrate them into personal fulfillment. God sovereignly revealed what would take place 700 years before they occurred. So what did God sovereignly reveal 700 years before they occurred?

Verse 13 – That Messiah will receive international recognition when He finally rules in His established kingdom on earth (unfulfilled but promised again in Revelation).

Verse 14 – That Messiah will experience inhuman treatment that will result in his personal disfigurement, and the disfigurement will be so severe that He will be looked upon with amazement (fulfilled 2,000 years ago in the first coming of Jesus).

Verse 15 – That Messiah, though disfigured, will still perform His priestly duty not only for Israel but for the world, that He will eventually be exalted into leadership of the world, and that when He takes His throne, world leaders will stand in awe of His come back (partially fulfilled 2,000 years ago in the first coming of Jesus and ultimately fulfilled in His second coming).

We are in for a treat this week as we examine the details previewed in Isaiah 52:13-15.

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