Isaiah 53:1. “Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?”
This incredible chapter has been preached, memorized, memorialized in beautiful music—and often misunderstood. I want to take my time going through this chapter, so it will be a short post today.
We have to put the question (53:1) into proper perspective with all that has been said in the previous chapter. Isaiah, under God’s guidance, has described the suffering of Messiah, and His ultimate victory. Now, he is saying, “Who would believe that the Messiah would suffer and be exalted? Who would understand and accept such a message?”
Remember, the Jews ended up rejecting Jesus one week after they had hailed Him as King during His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. They rejected Him because He was not the conquering King they wanted. They didn’t see that He was the fulfillment of so much Old Testament scripture and that the suffering had to come before the victory.
On Monday, we will dig into the rest of this chapter. Read it ahead of time if you can. We’ll probably be there for at least a week, maybe longer.