In my last post, we concluded our exploration of the Character of the Suffering Servant in Yesha’yahu 53. In this post, we begin to examine the Accomplishments of the Suffering Servant in Yesha’yahu53:4. As promised earlier, with the change in topic from Character to Accomplishments we return to verse 4.
The Servant Bore Sorrows, Grief, and Sicknesses
4 In fact, it was our diseases He bore, our pains from which He suffered; yet we regarded Him as punished, stricken and afflicted by God. ~ Isaiah 53:4 (CJB)
For the first time, the reader learns that the Servant suffered on behalf of others. The cruel world would assume that the Servant somehow brought His suffering on Himself, never realizing that He was suffering for them.
According to Yesha’yahu, what the Servant would do for us would be very personal and profound. He would remove our sin and our alienation from Adonai, allowing us to experience the benefits of knowing Adonai personally. He would take away our pains and sorrows, giving us new life and true shalom.
What do the writers of the Brit Hadashah have to say about His accomplishment in this passage?
14 Yeshua went to Kefa’s home and there saw Kefa’s mother-in-law sick in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand, the fever left her, and she got up and began helping Him. 16 When evening came, many people held in the power of demons were brought to Him. He expelled the spirits with a word and healed all who were ill. 17 This was done to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Yesha‘yahu, “He Himself took our weaknesses and bore our diseases” ~ Matthew 8:14-17 (CJB)
28 “Come to Me, all of you who are struggling and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30 (CJB)
24 They were written also for us, who will certainly have our account credited too, because we have trusted in Him who raised Yeshua our Lord from the dead – 25 Yeshua, who was delivered over to death because of our offenses and raised to life in order to make us righteous. 1 So, since we have come to be considered righteous by God because of our trust, let us continue to have shalom with God through our Lord, Yeshua the Messiah. 2 Also through Him and on the ground of our trust, we have gained access to this grace in which we stand; so let us boast about the hope of experiencing God’s glory. ~ Romans 4:24-5:2 (CJB)
21 Indeed, this is what you were called to; because the Messiah too suffered, on your behalf, leaving an example so that you should follow in his steps. ~ 1 Peter 2:21 (CJB)
In my next post, we will continue a verse-by-verse examination of The Suffering Servant ~ Part 9 in Yesha’yahu 53:5-6.