In my last post, we continued to examine the Accomplishments of the Suffering Servant in Yesha’yahu53:8-9. In this post, we continue to examine the Accomplishments of the Suffering Servant in Yesha’yahu53:10.
The Servant Sacrifice Is an Offering for Our Sins
10 yet it pleased Adonai to crush Him with illness, to see if He would present Himself as a guilt offering. If He does, He will see His offspring; and He will prolong His days, and at His hand, Adonai’s desire will be accomplished. ~ Isaiah 53:10 (CJB)
The death of the Servant is compared to the Temple sacrifice known as the guilt offering or simply offering. The offering was designed for the removal of guilt and its implied restitution (see Leviticus 5:14-16). This offering is designed to address a breach of faith or an act of sacrilege. Breach of faith would appropriately describe the violation of a covenant, while sacrilege generally refers to desecration of sacred areas or objects.
Yeshua is the Submitted One. He knew He would be crushed and stricken to bear the sin of all humanity – and yet He would present Himself as a guilt offering. That God was pleased to crush the Servant sounds mean-spirited, but His pleasure is explained by the fact that the Servant’s suffering justifies all who would come to believe in Him as THE Son of God. What seems harsh will turn out to be gracious.
The Letter to the Hebrews is one of the most essential parts of the Brit Hadashah for Jewish people to read and understand. It presumes a certain degree of familiarity with the Tanakh, as the writer demonstrates that Yeshua fulfills the Messianic expectations of earlier Jewish writings.
11 But when the Messiah appeared as cohen gadol of the good things that are happening already, then, through the greater and more perfect Tent which is not man-made (that is, it is not of this created world), 12 He entered the Holiest Place once and for all. And He entered not by means of the blood of goats and calves, but by means of His own blood, thus setting people free forever. 13 For if sprinkling ceremonially unclean persons with the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer restores their outward purity; 14 then how much more the blood of the Messiah, who, through the eternal Spirit, offered Himself to God as a sacrifice without blemish, will purify our conscience from works that lead to death, so that we can serve the living God! ~ Hebrews 9:11-14 (CJB)
In my next post, we will continue a verse-by-verse examination of The Suffering Servant ~ Part 12 in Yesha’yahu 53:11.