Read 198.) Isaiah 51:1 thru 54:3. They were told. Israel was told 700 years before He came. Israel could have known. They’re were told what He would be like here; and, thru Daniel 9, even when He would come. He told them, Himself, while He was among them, in Luke 19:41+42. They should have known. Isaiah 51 is full of Millennial promise and hope! Verse 2 goes to God’s first promise, of The 7 Promises and Prophecies; He made of Abraham, many people, fulfilled by Exodus 1:7. This hope extends thru at least verse 11, and we are tipped off by it with the words of finality we find in verses 6, 8 and 11. Beginning at verse 17, however, the tone changes, and Israel’s judgment and destruction are its message, and may be of Israel’s Tribulation, but only until it comes back to Millennial blessing, again with verse 22. This Millennial passage extends into chapter 52, all the way thru verse 12. The One who is going to bring this hope to fulfillment for them is then revealed. He is the Servant of the Lord, their Messiah.
The Super-Servant of the Lord. 52:13 thru 15 is loaded! Verse 13 speaks of His Millennial exaltation, but verse 14 goes to His humiliation just before His crucifixion. Then, with verse 15, we learn what that was for; that He might sprinkle [with His soul-cleansing Blood, people of] many nations [for their eternal salvation]! The verse then goes right to His Second Coming against the kings of the earth ‘in that day,’ when He establishes His Kingdom on earth. Did I say this 3-verse passage was loaded? Yes, it is!!!
Isaiah chapter 53. They were told 700 years before. They should have known. Here is where we see why. This is: The Gospel According to Isaiah, right here! Read it slowly and carefully. The first 8 verses go to His atoning death on the Cross for all our sins. See that? Verse 9 says He was buried. Then, with the end of verse 10, we begin to read of His Resurrection from the dead! Verse 12 opens with mention of what He will do with His new life, when He returns to rule and reign. There is nothing like it in all the rest of the Word of God! They were told. They should have known. Watch the crucifixion scene in Zefferelli’s, Jesus of Nazareth, when they have the Nicodemus character, played by Sir Laurence Olivier, quoting Isaiah while gazing upon Christ on the Cross. It is a most moving scene! The final 3 verses in our reading, 54:1 thru 3, is to express the result of Messiah’s death, burial and resurrection. It is that many would come to faith in Christ, and be saved. The Apostle Paul saw that, and actually quoted from here to make that very point, in his epistle to the Galatians, chapter 4 and verse 27. You see, it’s all inter-connected, because it is truly all derived from one True and Living spiritual Source; God! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell