More Than Bread Devotional for 4/21/11

7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
8By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
9And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.

10Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 11Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors.   – Isaiah 53:7-12

Today, I want to finish the other half of Isaiah 53 and the Suffering Servant song found there.  It is very easy for us to read over these verses without much thought because we have probably read them so often.  A couple of things to notice, one is the silence of Jesus during His trial was foretold by Isaiah, but I have thought about this before.  Because Jesus was innocent, had He spoken in His own defense, He would not have been crucified.  Whenever Jesus was challenged during His ministry, He usually left His opponents speechless and without a case to make further.  The same would have happened at His trail had He decided to speak up.  His silence was necessary.

The second thing has to do with the promised result of His faithfulness.  Hebrews talks about Jesus enduring the cross because of the joy before Him.  That joy stems from this place in Isaiah and the promised knowledge that His sacrifice would make us righteous.  He really did it for you and for me.  Praise His name today as you remember His sacrifice for us.

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About jeofurry

Husband, father, pastor, musician and who knows what else. Just living to love the Lord will all my heart, soul and might.
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