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August 2 - Evening

"See, my servant will act wisely;
he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
Just as there were many who were appalled at him
— his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness —
so he will sprinkle many nations,
and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
and what they have not heard, they will understand.

Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed."

- Isaiah 52:13-53:5

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The Character and Mission of the Servant    

Chapter 53 is the middle of the second section (chapters 40-66) of Isaiah. Isaiah is quoted 80 times in New Testament.  Most of these quotes come from Isaiah 53. Isaiah 53:1-12 is part of a set of verses that begin in 52:13-15.  These verses make up a literary collection of five stanzas with three verses each:

  1. 52:13-15
  2. 53:1-3
  3. 53:4-6
  4. 53:7-9
  5. 53:10-12

One of the reasons this collection of verses is separated after 52:15 is because Medieval Jews and a few other early scholars could understand that 52:13-15 is describing the Messiah (victorious), but 53:1-12 could not be referring to the Messiah in their understanding since the servant suffers in defeat.

Ironically, the very place they begin to stumble in their understanding begins by asking:
Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
Almost all modern scholars agree that the chapter break is misplaced
Much study has been committed to these verses. The conclusions basically agree these are details of the servant’s character and his work. The difficulty comes when scholars state who the servant is.
This difficulty may be intentionally caused by the author who is forcing the readers to make a decision and apply it to the text. It seems that if you know the answer the text is clear, but if you do not know the answer then there are many possible options.  Each option clouds the reader from seeing.
The Second Set of Verses
Is a continuation of chapter 52:14-15 when it explained that the servant of the Lord would:

  1. The extreme suffering of The Servant of the Lord
    1. Many appalled at him
    2. His appearance was disfigured, marred beyond human likeness
  2. The universal exaltation of The Servant of the Lord that followed
    1. He will sprinkle many nations
    2. Kings will shut their mouths because of him
    3. Gentile nations will understand Him and his work

The thing that would amaze the nations is that a deliverer would go so low to help them.
Reminds us of Luke 22:25,

The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors.  But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves . . . But I am among you as one who serves.

53:1 is Isaiah asking, “Who will believe this?” and “To whom has God revealed this powerful plan?
Isaiah job is to preach this message to Israel and the nations.

Isaiah himself has believed the message (or, promise) since he calls it “our” message.


  Christian Quote from Church History
"Let us never tolerate the slightest inroad on the discipline of our ancient, our holy Church. Let us never consent that she should be made the hireling of the Ministry (the State). Our forefathers would have died - nay, they perished in hopeless slavery - rather than consent to such degradation."
- Daniel O'Connell (1775-1874) an Irish nationalist in a speech at Dublin in 1814.
Something to Ponder??

1. God Cannot Produce Sin
– Deuteronomy 32:4;
Psalm 18:30;
Matthew 5:48.

2. God Cannot Promote Sin
– James 1:13.

3. God Can Permit Sin
– Genesis 12:3, 20.

4. God Can Produce a Greater Good by Allowing Sin – Romans 5:3-5;
James 1:24;
Hebrews 12:11

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Phulakterion (Gr) – Phylactery (Eng) – the Greek word phulakterion means “an outpost” and “fortification” in a military setting. (The word phulax itself means “a guard.”) The word phulakterion came to mean “any kind of safeguard” and began to be used to refer to amulets which is an object worn to protect the owner from danger or harm similar to a good luck charm. In the NT the phulakterion, or phylactery, was a small headpiece made of parchment that was worn like a headband. It contained written scriptural quotes to remind the worshipper of the Law of Moses
and the commandments of God. Jesus addressed this in Matthew 23:5.


Nebuchadnezzar’s city, Babylon, the capital of his empire (Daniel 4:29-31), can be seen today in ruins covering 2,000-3,000 acres, 56 miles south of Baghdad. This includes Nebuchadnezzar’s royal palace where Daniel served (Daniel 1) and many more identified locations. Jeremiah predicted this eventual ruined fate of this glorious city in Jeremiah 25:12and Jeremiah 51
It shall be desolate forever” (Jeremiah 51:62) And, also, Isaiah 13:19-20:

Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the splendor and pomp of the Chaldeans,
will be like Sodom and Gomorrah when God overthrew them.
It will never be inhabited or lived in for all generations;
no Arab will pitch his tent there; no shepherds will make their flocks lie down there.
- Isaiah 13:9-20

(Details HERE, HERE,
, HERE.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will pray today for the people I know who do not understand the Lord's plan of salvation or
do not have an understanding of the reality of God.
  "The integrity of the upright guides them, but the
unfaithful are destroyed
by their duplicity."

- Proverbs 11:3
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Jeremiah 41 (586 BC) 2 Kings 21
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns

Changed to be
like Jesus

World outreach

Social Security

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Priest ascending stairs to calvary in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Joshua 24:29-33 - details and locations on a map of the burial of Joseph, Joshua and Phinehas in the Promised Land.

Joshua 24:29-33 - details and locations on a map of the burial of Joseph, Joshua and Phinehas in the Promised Land.

Priest ascending stairs to calvary in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
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