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Isaiah 53:1

"WHO hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?"

Many believers of the Tanakh but rejecters of the Rrrrrrrrrrrrest of the Story want to claim that the prophecies of the OT concerning Messiah are taken out of context, but when the Christian points to Isaiah 53, which speaks of Messiah in context they want nothing to do with it.
 
The following offers many proofs that what was prophetically spoken of in Isaiah and elsewhere was fulfilled by Jesus Christ, and also Israel in their rejection of God's Messengers. (Acts 2;22 ff; 1 Thess. 2:14,15; Romans 11-25-32) 
 
Here it is:
 
From the Hebrew Bible (Masoretic Text) to English
 
'What doest thou here, Elijah?' 10 And he said: 'I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Thy covenant, thrown down Thine altars, and slain Thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.' (Kings)
 
 
, ; , - . 1 'Who would have believed our report? And to whom hath the arm of the LORD been revealed?
, ; , . 3 He was despised, and forsaken of men, a man of pains, and acquainted with disease, and as one from whom men hide their face: he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (Isaiah 53)
 
 
Also:
 
Isaiah 53:1

"WHO hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?"

John 12:37-38

" But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?"

25 For, brothers, I want you to understand this truth which God formerly concealed but has now revealed, so that you won't imagine you know more than you actually do. It is that stoniness, to a degree, has come upon Isra'el, until the Gentile world enters in its fullness; 26 and that it is in this way that all Isra'el will be saved. As the Tanakh says, "Out of Tziyon will come the Redeemer; he will turn away ungodliness from Ya'akov 27 and this will be my covenant with them, . . . when I take away their sins."

(Romans 11, The Complete Jewish Bible)

I will go verse by verse through Isaiah 53

Here is another fulfillment of OT prophecy for those that don't believe that Jesus fulfilled OT prophecy and for those that believe all OT prophetic fulfillment was out of context.
 
 
The whole chapter of Isaiah 53 is speaking of Jesus Christ.
 
One need only look at the immediate context to see that this is speaking of Messiah not Israel, except in Israel's unbelief...'who hath believed our report' ....and 'we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.'
 
Here and in many other biblical passages it is clear that the world and Israel has rejected God's prophets.
 
'He came unto his own but his own received him not.' (John 1)
 
The 'He' here is God the Word made flesh=Jesus and Israel's rejection of Messiah includes their rejection of who He was.
 
Read 1 Kings 19:10 and Ezekiel 36...Israel will one day be restored and regathered, not because of their faithfulness but because of God's.
 

2 For before him he grew up like a young plant, like a root out of dry ground. He was not well-formed or especially handsome; we saw him, but his appearance did not attract us.

Jesus didn't just fulfill one or two prophecies mentioned in Isaiah 53 but every one of them.
 
This is not something anyone can do.
 
When he comes again, he will fulfill even more.
 
Yes, Jesus willing took the form of a poor servant.
 
58 Yeshua answered him, "The foxes have holes, and the birds flying about have nests, but the Son of Man has no home of his own." Luke 9:58
 
The Messiah willingly came down from Heaven and took the form of a servant, just as Isaiah 53 describes.
 
6 Though he was in the form of God, he did not regard equality with God something to be possessed by force. 7 On the contrary, he emptied himself, in that he took the form of a slave by becoming like human beings are. And when he appeared as a human being, 8 he humbled himself still more by becoming obedient even to death - death on a stake as a criminal! 9 Therefore God raised him to the highest place and gave him the name above every name; 10 that in honor of the name given Yeshua, every knee will bow - in heaven, on earth and under the earth 11 and every tongue will acknowledgeb that Yeshua the Messiah is ADONAI - to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2)
 
3 People despised and avoided him, a man of pains, well acquainted with illness. Like someone from whom people turn their faces, he was despised; we did not value him.
 
6 While they were there, the time came for her to give birth; 7 and she gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him in cloth and laid him down in a feeding trough, because there was no space for them in the living-quarters.
 
Next verse three of Isaiah 53 says:
 
3 People despised and avoided him, a man of pains, well acquainted with illness. Like someone from whom people turn their faces, he was despised; we did not value him.
 
'We' included Israel.
 
Israel is not exempt.
 
Here it doesn't leave Israel out of the picture.
 
What I read was about Israel and either a prophet or the King of Israel.
 
The difference is that Israel was not faithful the king was and is, and Isaiah 53 attests to that as the immediate context will show.
 
'He came unto his own but his own received him not.' (John 1)
 
The 'He' here is God the Word made flesh=Jesus and Israel's rejection of Messiah includes their rejection of who He was.
 
The whole chapter of Isaiah 53 is speaking of Jesus Christ.
 
One need only look at the immediate context to see that this is speaking of Messiah not Israel, except in Israel's unbelief...'who hath believed our report' ....and 'we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.'
 
Here and in many other biblical passages it is clear that the world and Israel has rejected God's prophets.
 
'He came unto his own but his own received him not.' (John 1)
 
The 'He' here is God the Word made flesh=Jesus and Israel's rejection of Messiah includes their rejection of who He was.
 
Read 1 Kings 19:10 and Ezekiel 36...Israel will one day be restored and regathered, not because of their faithfulness but because of God's.
 
" 28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong."
 
Luke 4:28-29
 
Matthew 27:21-23
" But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas. Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified."
 
Luke 19:41-42

"And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,  Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace but now they are hid from thine eyes."
 
Matthew 26:37-38

"And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me."
 
Matthew 27:46

"And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
 

Mark 14:50-52
" 50 And they all forsook him, and fled. And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young man laid hold on him: And he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked."

Matthew 26:73-74
"And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew."

BJ Maxwell 03/17/2006