Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12.

 

The prophet Isaiah began prophesying in the 8th century B.C. Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12 refers to the righteous remnant of apostate Israel, but in its fullness only to Jesus Christ [1].

The Old Testament was already complete (finished) 400 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. Therefore the Old Testament prophecies concerning Jesus, including Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12, could not have arisen during the life of Jesus or later, as Josh McDowell explains in his book Evidence That Demands A Verdict:

If you are not satisfied with 450 B.C. as the historic date for the completion of the Old Testament, then take into consideration the following: The Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrews Scriptures, was initiated in the reign of Ptolemy Philadelphus (285-246 B.C.). It is rather obvious that if you have a Greek translation initiated in 250 B.C., then you had to have the Hebrew text from which it was written. This will suffice to indicate that there was at least a 250-year gap between the prophecies being written down and their fulfillment in the person of Christ. [2]

The following text of Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12 is taken from the New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update. Texts in red refer to Christ’s suffering and death for the sins of other people. Texts in blue refer to Christ’s resurrection and exaltation.

[Chapter 52] [:13] Behold, My servant will prosper, He will be high and lifted up and greatly exalted. [:14] Just as many were astonished at you, My people, So His appearance was marred more than any man And His form more than the sons of men. [:15] Thus He will sprinkle many nations, Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him; For what had not been told them they will see, And what they had not heard they will understand. [Chapter 53] [:1] Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? [:2] For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. [:3] He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. [:4] Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. [:5] But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. [:6] All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. [:7] He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth. [:8] By oppression and judgment He was taken away; And as for His generation, who considered That He was cut off out of the land of the living For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? [:9] His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth. [:10] But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. [:11] As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities. [:12] Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.

References
1. Jim McGuiggan, The Book of Isaiah, Star Bible Publications, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, 1985, pp. 265-271.
2. Josh McDowell, Evidence That Demands A Verdict, Vol. 1, Here’s Life Publishers, Inc., San Bernardino,
   California, 1990, p. 144.

An Invitation

The overshadowing of the Bible for centuries by human religious tradition has created a distorted religion. Only obedience to the word of God can bring about true nondenominational Christianity. You also can choose this simple, but true path. We invite you to come along with us.

The Riga Center Church of Christ is a spiritual family that believes in God’s message of grace for sinners in Jesus Christ. The foundation of faith for the congregation is the Bible – the word of God. In the first century, the word of God saved souls (James 1:21), determined membership to the church (Acts 2:41,47), governed the church (Titus 1:9) and was able to protect the church from error (Acts 20:28-32). The word of God is the imperishable, living seed that “abides forever” (1. Peter 1:23-25). The word of Christ will produce the same in the twenty-first century as in the first century – Christians in Christ’s church.

 

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Dr. Michael C. Armour's Brochure: "Introducing the Churches of Christ"

 

 

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