The Messiah in Isaiah Bible Study
Isaiah 53:7-9 - The Trial, Death & Burial of the Messiah
by I Gordon
 ↩ Just as an early side note, when you look at the amazing prophetic statements made in this chapter, it should lead to the following conclusions:
Þ The Bible is the word of God. What other book declares what is to
come hundreds or even thousands of years in advance?
Þ There is a plan, outlined in advance, to which the events in this world are working towards.
Þ There is a One who is sovereign over them all, working all things in connection to His plan.
Þ As God has already foretold what is still to come then we can have confidence... I've looked at the end of the book and ... we win!
The man is, of course, the Ethiopian Eunuch who is mentioned in
Acts 8:26-39. As he was reading this passage (Isaiah 53:7), he
actually picks up a hitchhiker whom God has specifically sent to
explain this passage to him! A man called Phillip specifically
directed by God to speak to the Ethiopian. Now, the Ethiopian only
has one question - "Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking
about, himself or someone else?" Now that is a very good question
and what a fantastic opportunity for Phillip! And of course, there
is only one man in the history of the world that has fulfilled
these words so Phillip doesn't miss this opportunity as 'then
Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the
good news about Jesus.'
What's more, the Ethiopian believed, was baptised and went away rejoicing as a new creation - one born from above! Fantastic!
 ↩ Have you ever been wrongly accused of something? It can feel terrible. In my working 'career' so far, I have only been called into the bosses' office once to face an accusation against me. Well twice. The first was when I water bombed a fellow worker at our office on her last day. It seemed like a good idea at the time. It wasn't. Oops. Didn't go well! I was called into the bosses' office and was fairly much speechless because I was totally guilty as charged. The second time I was called into the bosses' office I was accused of something I didn't actually do (Honest! You don't believe me now do you?) Sometimes in those situations you can be speechless because you are taken off guard and surprised and a little tongue tied. Well, Jesus wasn't guilty, he wasn't caught off guard and He wasn't without words that could be said... Yet He remained speechless! Why? We'll look at that as we go on.
William MacDonald in the Believers Bible Commentary is very useful
on this point. He writes:
The Law of Moses required that a Jew testify when put under oath by the high priest (Lev 5:1). Being an obedient Jew under the law, Jesus answered: 'It is as you said.' He then asserted His Messiahship and deity even more strongly: 'Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.' In essence He was saying, 'I am the Christ, the Son of God, as you have said. My glory is presently veiled in a human body; I appear to be just another man. You see Me in the days of My humiliation. But the day is coming when you Jews will see Me as the glorified One, equal in all respects with God, sitting at His right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.'
In verse 64 the first you is singular, referring to Caiaphas. The second you is plural (also the third), referring to the Jews as representative of those Israelites living at the time of Christ's glorious appearing, who will clearly see that He is the Son of God. 'The assertion is sometimes made,' writes Lenski, 'that Jesus never called Himself 'The Son of God.' Here (in v. 64) He swears that He is no less.'
 ↩ C.S. Lewis, the popular British theologian, writes, "I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic - on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg - or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to." (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)
 ↩ I don't think any of the disciples really understood at the time. When Jesus told them that He must suffer and die and then be raised up on the third day, Peter took Jesus aside to rebuke Him! Which led to Peter getting a pretty famous rebuke himself! (See Matt 16:21-23). John the Baptist was given revelation of Jesus' mission for he said 'Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world!' That is obviously spot on. And yet, later, when John was in prison and Jesus didn't seem to be acting like John thought the Messiah would, John started to doubt and asked whether Jesus was the One or whether they should expect someone else. Bit sad really. Although sometimes we can all doubt the goodness of God when things are difficult, can we not? We are certainly no better than John the Baptist! The old man Simeon had some wonderful revelation of Jesus right from when he saw Jesus as a baby (see Luke 2:25-35) and he knew Jesus would be opposed but he didn't speak of why Jesus would die. This leaves us with the high priest Caiaphas... He said something under the inspiration of God that was very telling!
 ↩ Ray Stedman writes 'But when at last the deed was done and he cried with a loud voice, "It is finished" (John 19:30), his friends came to take him down from the cross. No enemy hands touched his body after his death, only those who loved him. As they removed his bloody body, the dear lips were silent, the wondrous voice was stilled, the light had gone from his eyes, and the great heart beat no more. But instead of throwing him on a rubbish heap, as the authorities intended, they "made his grave with the rich," just as Isaiah had predicted written 720 years before the event. Joseph of Arimathea, a rich man, offered to put the body of Jesus in his new tomb that had never been used. Someone has put that rather remarkably, "He who came from a virgin womb, must be laid in a virgin tomb."