Isaiah 53: Recognizing God
Isaiah 53 is one of the most popular prophetic chapters in the Bible. I am sure that you have heard it a million times, but sometimes I think that we can forget the implications of this type of prophecy.
Isa 53:2 For 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.
Isa 53:3 He 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.
Isa 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isa 53:5 But 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.
Isa 53:6 All 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.
Isa 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.
I think that if I were reading Isaiah at the time he wrote it, I would have said, “I wouldn’t miss the Messiah. You say that we are going to despise Him, but I know that I will recognize and worship Him.” This was not necessarily a positive prophecy. The coming of the Messiah is definitely a great thing, but I wonder if it was slightly embarrassing for the people.
How often do we do this kind of thing? We say that we follow Jesus. We say that we will listen to His call in our lives, but we simply miss it. This is kind of like all of the people who read Isaiah but didn’t recognize Jesus for who He was. They would say that they were trying to follow the law and followed God, but they missed out when God was acting in their lives.
I think that is something we can work on today. Our God is an active God, and our recognition of His actions can always be refined. I think that our minds would surely be blown away if we truly saw everything that God does.