Isaiah 53 ✒️ By His Stripes We Are Healed

May 15, 2024 • Dr. Dave Burnette

 1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

 2For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

 3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

 4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

 5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

 6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

 7He 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.

 8He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

 9And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

 10Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

 11He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

 12Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

COMMENTARY by Dr. Dave Burnette

Written By: God through Inspiration

Penned By: Isaiah

Date Penned: (700-681 BC)

Overview: To Tell of God's Salvation through the Messiah (c 1-66)

Theme: Words of Comfort (c 40-66)

Message: The Lord Will Rescue His People (v 1-15)

Isaiah 53 Commentary 

(53:1) The Messiah - This chapter continues to speak of the Messiah, Jesus, who would suffer for the sins of all people. Such a prophecy is astounding! Who would believe that God would choose to save the world through a humble, suffering servant rather than a glorious king? The idea goes against human understanding and worldly visions of success. But God often works in ways we don't expect. The Messiah shows his strength through humility, suffering, and mercy. 

(53:2) Deity - Nothing was beautiful or majestic in the physical appearance of this servant. Israel would miscalculate the servant's importance--they would consider him an ordinary man. But even though Jesus would not attract a large following based on his physical appearance, he would attract thousands, and eventually billions, because of what he said and did. He would bring salvation and healing to the world. In more than 2,000 years, no one has equaled or improved on his teachings, and no one can do what he has done in restoring humanity's relationship with God. Many people miscalculate the importance of Jesus' life and work, and they need faithful Christians to point out his extraordinary nature. When the opportunity arises, encourage people who are seeking truth to read the Bible and meet Jesus there. 

(53:4-5) Not Seeing the Messiah - How could an Old Testament person understand the idea of the Messiah dying for his people's sins--actually bearing the punishment that we deserve? The system of sacrifices pointed to this idea, but killing a lamb is one thing; thinking of God's chosen servant as that Lamb is quite different. But God was pulling aside the curtain of time to let the people of Isaiah's day look ahead to see the suffering Messiah and the resulting forgiveness made available to all people. 

(53:5-6) A Holy God - Isaiah mentions five times that the Lord's righteous servant would carry our sins. Why was it necessary for the Messiah to do this? Because God is holy, we cannot enter his presence marked by sin. So the perfect, sinless Lamb of God, Jesus, took our sin and experienced the death we deserve. He made our sacrifice for us so we can now enter God's holy presence. Best of all, the Messiah's sacrifice did not end merely in death; he rose from the dead to show that he had power over death and gave us confident hope that we, like him, will experience eternal, resurrected life. 

(53:6) Wandering Sheep - Isaiah speaks of Israel straying from God and compares the people to wandering sheep. Yet God would send the Messiah to bring them back into the fold. We have the hindsight to see and know the identity of the promised Messiah, who has come and died for our sins. But if we can see all that Jesus did and still reject him, our sin is much greater than that of the ancient Israelites, who could not see what we have seen. Have you given your life to Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd (John 10:11-16), or are you still going your own way like a wandering sheep? 

(53:7-12) Sacrifices - In Old Testament times, people would offer animals as sacrifices for their sins. Here, the sinless servant of the Lord offers himself for our sins. He is the Lamb, offered for the sins of all people (John 1:29; Revelation 5:6-14). The Messiah suffered for our sake, bearing our sins to make us acceptable to God. What can we say to such love? How will we respond to him? 

(53:11) Getting Right with God - This verse tells of the enormous family of believers who will be made right with God, not by their own works, but by the Messiah's great work on the cross. They are justified because they have claimed Jesus, the righteous servant, as their Savior and Lord (see Romans 10:9; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Their life of sin is stripped away, and they are clothed with Christ's goodness.

LIFE APPLICATION by Dr. Dave Burnette

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Isaiah with Chapter 53. In our text today, we see Isaiah prophesying about the Savior to come as he tells of God's Servant who will be despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and with His stripes, we are healed. In applying, we see that what Jesus did for us should place us in the heart of worship. To lift Him up for the price He paid for us. What amazing love that one would suffer and die so that we might be redeemed. How about you? Have you worshiped the Lord today? Let us learn from our text today and the amazing prophesy of Isaiah, who told us before the Lamb of God had come to us that He would pay the price that we could not pay that should worship Him because of His stripes we are healed.

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