Messiah – Oppressed and Afflicted but Uncomplaining

THURSDAY

NIV Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken. 9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Pictures of the Redeemer Messiah emerged piece by piece over the course of centuries. As the time of His first coming approached, the picture became more specific and clearer. Isaiah 53 gives a specific and clear picture of the Messiah. History shows and the New Testament writers had no difficulty identifying Jesus with the fulfillment of this chapter.

Verse 7 shows that the Servant humbly submitted to suffering and unjust treatment from others without making a defense.

NAU Matthew 27:12 And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He did not answer. 13 Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” 14 And He did not answer him with regard to even a single charge, so the governor was quite amazed.

NAU Mark 14:61 But He kept silent and did not answer. Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?”

NAU Luke 23:8 Now Herod was very glad when he saw Jesus; for he had wanted to see Him for a long time, because he had been hearing about Him and was hoping to see some sign performed by Him. 9 And he questioned Him at some length; but He answered him nothing.

NAU 1 Peter 2:23 and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;

NAU Acts 8:32 Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this: “HE WAS LED AS A SHEEP TO SLAUGHTER; AND AS A LAMB BEFORE ITS SHEARER IS SILENT, SO HE DOES NOT OPEN HIS MOUTH.

Verse 8 tells us that the nation of Israel, at the execution of the Servant, did not realize that He was dying for the sins of His people.

NAU Acts 8:33 “IN HUMILIATION HIS JUDGMENT WAS TAKEN AWAY; WHO WILL RELATE HIS GENERATION? FOR HIS LIFE IS REMOVED FROM THE EARTH.”

Verse 9 describes the assignment of the Servant to a criminal’s grave but that (in Divine providence) He would be buried in the tomb of a rich man.

NAU Luke 22:37 “For I tell you that this which is written must be fulfilled in Me, ‘AND HE WAS NUMBERED WITH TRANSGRESSORS’; for that which refers to Me has its fulfillment.”

NAU Matthew 27:57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. 58 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away.

NAU Luke 22:37 “For I tell you that this which is written must be fulfilled in Me, ‘AND HE WAS NUMBERED WITH TRANSGRESSORS’; for that which refers to Me has its fulfillment.”

Humbly suffering, defensively silent, sacrificial substitute, assigned a poor man’s grave but buried (temporarily) among the rich. All this (and other prophecies) fulfilled in one man. It should have been no surprise when Messiah arrived on the scene, yet it was. God could not be pleased….or was He? We’ll see tomorrow.

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