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  • David on Isaiah 53:5
    Commentary on Isiah 53 verse 5 - But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
  • Chris - in Reply on Isaiah 53:5
    David, this portion of Isaiah (52:13 to 53:12) refers to the coming suffering Servant of God. Traditional Jews & the early Christians acknowledged that this passage referred to a future Messiah, however in the 12th Century AD, a view emerged that this referred to Israel & is generally considered so today by them. However, the passage specifically speaks of a man & Jesus Christ is that Man Who has fulfilled the prophecies given about Him of His suffering & crucifixion.

    With that said, verses 2-5 of chapter 53 speak of His crucifixion: having been despised & hated by the Jewish hierarchy for His preaching, His miracles & His denouncing of their wicked hearts & practises (v 3), He was ultimately put to a Roman Cross, by the urging from the Jews, where He was purposed by the Father to be, for the bearing of our sins, the Just for the unjust (v 4).

    And so verse 5, further describes the agony of the Cross as well as the cost of our pardon: it was for our sins that He died, it was for a restoration of peace between God & sinner that He came, and it was by His suffering & death that a spiritual healing has taken place: a glorious pardon & a restoration to God's Favour & acceptance. We contribute nothing at all to this salvation: it was all done by the Lord Jesus & God's Mercy to us & only our repentance & faith (which is God's gift to us anyway), are required to avail of salvation's gift.

    Isaiah hardly knew the full implications of this prophecy that God had given him. Though some who walked closely with the Lord & suffered for Him in those days, knew that "God (will provide) some better thing for us, that they, without us should not be made perfect." ( Heb 11:40). They knew that the sacrificial system would end & that God would one day provide His Lamb for not only their sins but for the world; yet the world disregards & spurns His glorious offer.

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