64 Isaiah / Part 2 (13)

By His scouring

Isaiah 53:1-6
‡TPeter 2:22-25
‡TLike a sprig

@A climax of the fourth song of servant of the Lord, "Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"(53:1), it begins from a testimony of the event that is not believed even by Isaiah himself. "The arm of the Lord" is power of God, but, if we are not moved by the power, we never come across the event of the salvation of God. It would have become this testimony that Isaiah himself is moved by the power, too. "To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?", fortunately while feeling surprise in its having come across to us, we want to hear this place.

@It continues thus, "For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of parched ground;"(2), but, it leads to the scene that "A shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit."(Isaiah 11:1). I think it is very mysterious, but, this servant of the Lord seems to be the center of a message of Isaiah, and it is told very suddenly. Of course, there is a plan of the salvation of God and primitive Gospel which is said "And the Lord God made garment of skin for Asam and his wife, and clothed them." (Genesis 3:21), but, it is still wrapped in mystery. A servant of the Lord in Isaiah can begin to finally see the whole aspect exceedingly. "From the stem of Jesse,", it will begin from the place that David dynasty is cut off and it gets impossible to see Israeli hope at all. It was the intermediate times when such hope of them was cut off that Messiah faith flared up in Israel. A servant of the Lord was the sprig which it grew to a root-stump of a tree cut down, and appeared. In the times when a heart of a person has finished longing for like desert, it totally resembles in the present age. A servant of the Lord is piled up to Jesus at the same time.

@However, though this sprig was hope of people, he is not recognized from people and begins to walk a road to be praised by people never. There is it, "He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face, He was despised, and we did not esteem Him."(2-3). However, here, the root-stump of David was said "without a figure", where as David was called "a beautiful person of a figure". "His appearance was marred more than any man," thoroughly (52:14), and it presented a horrible aspect. This will be merely true thorny state. Can't you see the scene that robbers slander to Jesus not only with general people but priests, jurists, and elders, here?

‡U Acquainted with our grief

@Besides, "He was a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;". It would be not that he has been sickly inherently, but he has taken our illness as a pain in himself.

@This prophet says "Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried;"(4), and Matthew testifies in this way, "And when evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the sprits with a word, and healed all who were ill in order that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, 'He Himself took our infirmities, and carried away our diseases.'"(Matthew 8:16-17). It does not mean only a disease. "Illness" is often considered to be a pronoun of "a crime" in the Bible, but, it may be said that He bears our crime on Him and suffered. However, stupidly, we are not going to recognize Him, and abused Him earnestly like this, "If you are a child of God, try to relieve yourself and us from a cross!". Isaiah puts thought of deep regret, and tells it, "Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted."(4). The times of Isaiah and the times of Jesus, both were the times when such trend was opened that was skillfully self-centeredness. It seems that it points at the thing that He was a person of sorrow. And for the present age when we look the other way from God still more and more than them, and only Self-central principles spreads through, will not sorrow of Jesus become still deeper? When, in fact, it is ourselves, I want to take in heart that I extend sorrow of Jesus by force.

‡V By His scouring

@And this prophet begins to tell a climax of first half of Chapter 53. Many messages overlap, and it seems to be a totally magnificent symphony. "But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him."(5-6) The central subject of here will be "atonement" of a servant of the Lord. The warp is "our transgressions", "pierced", "our iniquities", "His scourging" and "we are healed" etc... It is very hard to take up all, but while summarizing it in some block, I will watch it.

@The first is to relate to our crime. There is it, "All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way;". Both "transgression" and "iniquity" (liability of the accused) are gathered up here. The reason why a sheep goes to a selfish place will be that there is not a shepherd. In Israel of the present age, the scenery that a shepherd chases a flock of black, tea and a spotted sheep is seen routinely in a town, too, and it seems that Isaiah always watched such a scene. Because in sheep, there is a habit to act in a group, a shepherd guides a top sheep, and a sheep can gather up a lot of sheep safely. But conversely, even if a sheep which is not guided to a shepherd becomes the top, he is crazy to eat grass, and goes to the edge of a precipice, but a group to follow later does not understand whether it is safe or dangerous at all. Their eyes are suitable for only "eating" of near future. A crime is to lose shepherd(God) and to invite ruin and death without knowing it, but, I think it is the greatest problems that we modern people have, as well as Israel of the Isaiah times.

@The second block is "atonement", and "pierced", "crushed", "chastening" and "scourging" are given. Particularly, former two words seem to choose a extremely strong expression. Surely it seems that this prophet emphasizes that atonement is accompanied with the death that rose for brutal pain given to a servant of the Lord. And it leads to testimony which rose for his pain as if Isaiah oneself shared pain of a servant at all, "But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all.". For the sentence that a crime reaches to the death, a servant of the lord will have coped with the death that He dies, and it was invited to an end of every humiliation and the pain by His life, and besides, it is not simple death from an illness.

@The third block is our "peace" and "healing". I feel it when judgement of God to us who continue committing a crime is hidden, but, a destination of the present age saying that there is no healing and peace will seem to rise here. However, for the lost peace and healing, a servant of the Lord died. At the place that is missing for modern people, will not we take no notice of death of the One like other people's affairs irrelevant to oneself? Isaiah seems to put a wish that you hear this message "as a thing of your own", here. It is used frequently here(1-6) so that "he" (No. 12) and "we" (No. 10) are unique elsewhere. Isaiah would write this down as the confession that welled up from the faith. If it is not our thought of the present age, we are not precocious. Our crime drove the Messiah to death of deep pain.