Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Isa. 52:13-57:21


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Isaiah Chapter Fifty-Two

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. The Messiah is described once again (Isa. 52:13-15).
    1. He will be exalted (v.13) because
    2. He was disfigured (v.14).
      1. מִשְׁחַת mishchath #4893: disfigurement.
      2. Only other use of mishchath (Lev. 22:25).
    3. Leaving the nations silenced (v.15).

Isaiah Chapter Fifty-Three

  1. The “marred Messiah” (Isa. 52) continues to be revealed as the “crushed Christ.”
  2. Unlike the gentile nations, the Jews had the Old Testament to identify their messiah when He arrived (Isa. 52:15 cf. 53:1).
  3. The humility and humiliation of Christ is seen in this passage (Isa. 53:2-9).
    1. A tender shoot (not a majestic tree) (Isa. 53:2a; Ezek. 17:3-4,22-24).
    2. The only physical description of Jesus Christ tells us that He was not majestic in physical appearance (Isa. 53:2b).
    3. The description of the reputation of Jesus Christ tells us that He will understand our loneliness (Isa. 53:3).
    4. Although men despised Him, He loved them, accepting God’s judgment on their behalf (Isa. 53:4).
    5. His sacrifice is the one and only means by which we might be saved (Isa. 53:5).
    6. Not one person in the history of the world is able to save themselves, but the Lord accomplished what we could not do (Isa. 53:6).
    7. Christ understood the Father’s eternal purpose, and silently submitted to the Father’s will (Isa. 53:7).
    8. We are the ones to whom the stroke was due (Isa. 53:8; Rom. 3:23).
    9. Through it all, He was an innocent man Who died in shame (Isa. 53:9).
  4. The work of the Father & the Son in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is described (Isa. 53:10-12).
    1. The Father’s pleasure was accomplished (Isa. 53:10a).
    2. The Son’s work was to render Himself as the guilt offering (Isa. 53:10b).
      1. The only qualified offerer bringing
      2. The only acceptable offering.
    3. The Son’s reward is the ultimate reward for faithful service (Isa. 53:11-12).

Isaiah Chapter Fifty-Four

  1. Chapter 54 is an essay which details the reasons for Israel’s rejoicing in the eschatological theocratic kingdom of the Lord (Isa. 54:1-17).
  2. Israel will no longer be a barren, forsaken woman (Isa. 54:1-6).
  3. The Lord makes a promise to Israel similar to the promise He made with Noah—no, never again (Isa. 54:7-10).
  4. The eschatological theocratic kingdom of the Lord will feature temporal-life prosperity, spiritual-life prosperity, and immediate Divine vindication (Isa. 54:11-17).

Isaiah Chapter Fifty-Five

  1. Chapter 55 begins with a grace invitation to salvation (Isa. 55:1-7).
    1. These waters are a grace gift for all who believe in Christ (Isa. 55:1; Jn. 4:10-14).
    2. It cost nothing for the believer, because the entire price was paid by Christ.
    3. It is an eternal possession, in contrast with the worldly things we so often pursue.
    4. Listen & eat (believe) (Isa. 55:2).
  2. Salvation is a grace gift offered to all men, regardless of their wickedness or unrighteousness (Isa. 55:6-7).
    1. Man’s finite thinking may struggle with the grace and forgiveness of God, but those are His thoughts, and those are His ways (Isa. 55:8-9).
    2. God’s thoughts are perfect, and His word accomplishes His desire (Isa. 55:10-11).
  3. The redemption of man is a matter for all the creation to rejoice over (Isa. 55:12-13).

Isaiah Chapter Fifty-Six

  1. The work of Christ will not only be for the Jews, but for the God fearing Gentiles as well (Isa. 56:1-8).
  2. Isaiah shifts his address back to his present time in a dramatic change of context and setting (Isa. 56:9-12). The invitation to plunder demonstrates the wrath of God upon a nation whose shepherds have neglected their duties (Jer. 12:9; Ezek. 34:5,8; Nah. 3:18-19).

Isaiah Chapter Fifty-Seven

  1. Isaiah’s shift back to the present (56:9-12) continues in chapter 57.
  2. Faithful believers are being called home, while the nation slides into further apostasy (Isa. 57:1-10).
  3. When God gives an idolatrous nation over to destruction, He invites their idols to deliver them (Isa. 57:11-13).
  4. The promise of glory is restated, and Israel is reminded that God is working for His purpose and His glory (Isa. 57:14-21).