“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. ”
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.