65 Isaiah / Part 2 (14)


The Lord bore our crime on a cross

Isaiah 53:7-12
Hebrews 9:24 -28
T Keeps on choosing death

 Isaiah asks it in first half of Chapter 53 (1-6), "Who has believed our message?"(1), but, from there, it seems to hear his own faith confession, "Was not it us?". Perhaps, the first half will be the center of a pain deep keenly that "we" including Isaiah drove a servant of the Lord to suffering. There is it, "The Lord has caused the iniquity of us all."(6). We must hear that the confession that we of the present age participate in is asked there.

 However, it reverses itself when Chapter 53 of latter half begins, and "we" disappear. Isaiah devotes all energy to testifying with "He / a servant of the Lord". There were many quantities, but I wanted to try to approach the core of a message of Isaiah here, not to make it an odd bit.

 It begins with "He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, He did not open His mouth."(7). In a thorny seat, he does not open a mouth decidedly. Perhaps, it will not be a simple example "like a lamb" and "like a sheep". Isaiah is not a literary person. Rather the posture that is going to stare at things calmly is seen like a researcher doing sociology and psychology and will be going to see into a servant with such eyes. He does not intend to draw death of a servant beautifully. Surely he watched many sheep sacrificed on the altar in a shrine. That animals died as a victim of a crime of people silently. It was decided that they already died at a chosen stage. Isaiah will put a figure of this servant on top of one another to them. The suffering of a servant had not only wasted a pain, but He had to die by all means. Besides, that death was an offering of the holy atonement sacrificed before God. Because a servant of the Lord understood it well, he avoids struggling to unsightly death and really charged into a road to death obediently. That states occurs to Jesus at the same time when He was questioned by Pilate. In that silence, (So that Pilate was surprised) "He did not answer him with regard to even a single charge,"(Matthew 27:14), don't you feel His strong determination that He determinedly choose death, here?


U A meaning of His death

 However, instead of a servant remaining silent so, Isaiah will make up his mind to convey a meaning of his death. "By oppression and judgement He was taken away; and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living, for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due? His grave was with a rich man in His death, because He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth."(8-9). It is thought that "He was taken away" is meant "death" to be "death penalty", but, it will be right. "Oppression" and "judgement", they will be easy to understand "be arrested, take a judgment". "Oppression" is oppression restriction. Isaiah testifies that a servant received death penalty judgment in extremely unfair court with "Because He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth.". In the times of Isaiah, such an unfair trial seems to have been done frequently. They, Judge (the leaders who said the imperial family and nobles) would conclude this servant with a bad person as a person ruining profit of oneself, and, as well as death penalty, they would set the grave which He should have buried with "bad people together".

 However, we are extremely insensitive, and will not think about a meaning of the painful death of this servant. There is it, "And as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living, for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due?", with "who considered?", Isaiah repeats thought of Verse 1, and it seems to emphasize his own faith confession here. "His generation", we must take it with the times that follow us of the present age. It may be said that "my people" are all believers of God until the present age, they are expiated a crime with by death of a servant. Really, we drove him to the death. If there is not confession of a crime, our faith to the Messiah is empty, we must be more sensitive to this fact.


V The Lord bore our crime on a cross

 Into a grave of the person who is rich from a grave of bad people, but, he must die. And, in fact, it was God Himself that had done so. The death of a servant was a thing by a plan of people, but that plan began with God. There is it, "But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offering, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand."(10). "As a guilt offering" will be an Israeli contract with God in Leviticus. It has 5 such as sin offering or grain offering, and, in Israel, it is confirmed that they are people of God by sacrificing an animal on an altar, but it becomes a model of shrine worship before long. There is it in this way. "If a person acts unfaithfully and sins unintentionally against the Lord's holy things, then he shall bring his guilt offering to the Lord; a ram without defect from the flock, ... for a guilt offering. ... the priest shall make atonement for him before the Lord; and he shall be forgiven for any one of the things which he may have done to incur guilt."(5:14-6:7) This sacrifice was repeated many times and gradually forgot the meaning, and became formal. A human being, it include us, but are hopeless. Therefore, God was planned the atonement only for only once, besides, it was atonement for one's sin effective eternally. Therefore this servant was put up for it.

 This servant advances from oneself and accomplishes death of the plan / suffering, as it seems to be totally one's plan that He made. "As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied;"(11), this will be the expression that may be said after this servant died. Surprise of Isaiah seems to be handed down. Prophet does not consider this servant to be a mere human being anymore. He may feel that he is God Oneself if he lent it so that Paul testifies about Jesus. And then, the testimony begins as words of God, not words of prophet Isaiah. "By His knowledge the Righteous One, My servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities. Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, and He will divide the booty with the strong; because He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors."(11-12)

 "A servant of justice", that adjective will be right the things which only God has. "Because He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors(it is ourselves);", but, His death was not at all the end. It is strange way of speaking, but, though He died, He continue living all the time, and His glory begins with death. "He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days," and "By His knowledge (we can read it faith to believe Jesus) the righteous One, My servant, will justify the many,", they will be so, too. There is a person who thinks it is suggested Jesus of revival here. "Do not afraid;... I am the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades."(Revelaton 1:17-18), and these words pile up to the words of Jesus at the same time. And this prophet completes a song of a servant by these words. "He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors." We want to confess our faith heartily when this One is really Jesus who atoned our crime by the cross.