Like a Lamb

Isaiah 53:7.

“He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth. “

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I mentioned in an earlier post that Terry and I went to see a sheep-sheering. It’s true—they never make a sound once they are hauled into position for the shearing. Perfectly quiet, all the way through.

Not only was Jesus quiet all the way through His torment; He was dignified, never losing His composure.

Oppressed and afflicted: We have already discussed how He suffered.  It is hard to imagine one Man bearing all that He bore, and never crying out in resistance or pain.

He opened not His mouth:  This is an idiom meaning silence and submission.  He did not complain or make any resistance, yet He had power to destroy His enemies with one word.

 

4 thoughts on “Like a Lamb

  1. I’ve heard that as Man, He didn’t know He was God (Both true God and true Man). A couple of theology teachers I know argue that if He would have known He was God, he couldn’t possibly have suffered the way everyone else has, being like all men in all things except sin. Because Jesus, as Man, didn’t know He was God, He could truly identify with all our sufferings, including the suspense of faith and hope, wondering if it’s all really worth it.

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    1. I believe He knew. When He was only twelve, and had remained behind in Jerusalem to speak with the priests in the temple, His parents reproved Him. His answer: Don’t you know I must be about My Father’s business?

      Later, before the cross, His prayer in John 17 makes it clear that He knew Who He was, and what He had come to do. “I and My Father are One,” He says in John 10. Just a few places that clarify He knew Who He was. No doubt in my mind. I think when we go all analytical on this, trying to make it fit our human understanding, we can get into a lot of pretty convoluted thinking.

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  2. Everything in me screams “Stand up for Yourself” and then my heart recognizes Jesus stood up for me when He went willingly to the cross and stayed there in total humility for me. At that recognition my heart cries out, “How can I love You more?”

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