Isaiah 53

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Isaiah 53

Overview

The feature of the Suffering Servant.

As the continuation of the fourth Song of the Suffering servant (52 :13-15), chapter 53 describes the feature of the suffering servant. His suffering is redemptive for others.

The redemptive feature of the suffering servant is described with contrasting word, “He,” and “Our.” (4-6). His suffering is for our sins, for redemptive suffering.

Oppression and injustice is the first word describing suffering servant. “he was falsely accused and put to death as a common criminal even though he was innocent. The second word is offering for sin. The suffering was part of God’s plan, “ the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.” (v.10)

His suffering will be transferred to his exaltation (11-12).   Who is this suffering servant?

Jews and Christians view in common on one hand, and differently on the other hand. Story of Jews and Christians down the centuries have responded to this song of suffering servant. They view him as Messiah who has prophesized. But suffering side of Messiah has been proclaimed by Christians who view Jesus as the Messiah.

Reflection.

 1. What does this passage tell you about God?

 2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?   

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