Study 32 From the Book of Isaiah is: Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12
This is the fourth of the ‘Servant’ passages, which portray with much marvelous accuracy the mission, character, and redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ. (see introduction). Today’s portion falls into three parts:(1) an introductory summary, announcing the Servant’s exaltation after extreme suffering, and the effect of this upon surrounding nations and kings (52:13-15); (2) the story of His life and suffering unto death, told by His now penitent fellow-countrymen (53:1-9) and (3) the glorious issue, both for Himself and others, of His sufferings, and redemptive work (53:10-12).
- How is God’s Servant the Lord Jesus Christ depicted in 52:13-15? Notice the depth of His suffering, His exaltation, and the effect of this upon the nations. Cf. 49:7; Jn 19:1-5; Eph. 1:20, 21.
- Work out in detail the many close parallels between 53:1-9 and the actual life of the Lord Jesus, as for example, (a) the form of His manifestation to the world; (b) the reception accorded Him; (c) His sufferings and the meaning of them; (d) His behavior when arrested; (e) the manner of His death and of His burial.
- Who are the ‘offspring’ spoken of in 53:10, and what benefits are shown in this whole passage to have been procured for them by the Servant’s substitutionary death? Cf. Heb. 2:10. Do you belong to this number?
- 53:1. The nation had not heard (52:15); but Israel, hearing, had not believed.
- 53:8. ‘Considered’: or possibly ‘complained’, in the sense of making an appeal against the sentence. All were indifferent and even scornful. Cf. Mt. 27:39-44.
- 53:11. ‘By his knowledge’ may mean ‘by means of His knowledge or ‘by the knowledge of Him’ (on the part of others). Cf. Jn. 17:3. LINK TO THE VERSES LISTED