Words To Ponder


Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
For He grew up before Him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
He had no form or majesty that we should look at Him,
and no beauty that we should desire Him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.

Surely He has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed Him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced for our transgressions;
He was crushed for our iniquities;
upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with His wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on Him
the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and He was afflicted,
yet He opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so He opened not his mouth.
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,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
And they made His grave with the wicked  ( the garbage pit of fire )
and with a rich man in His death, ( Joseph of Aramathea’s tomb )
although He had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in His mouth.

Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush Him;
He has put Him to grief;
when His soul makes an offering for guilt,
He shall see His offspring; He shall prolong His days;
the will of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
Out of the anguish of His soul He shall see and be satisfied;
by His knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and He shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the many,
and He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because He poured out His soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet He bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors.

I decided to add this in again, and since I am a wordy who loves to to deep word studies, we will look at words we know or think we do, but how long has it been since we were in school? Right? The Holy Spirit teaches us and helps us remember, but we have to learn first.

Despise  — to consider of no worth or value, have no respect for, to look down on, hate, loathe, detest, abhor and that is just a few.

Esteem —  to regard highly or favorably; regard with respect or admiration, appreciate and consider.

Stricken — afflicted or overwhelmed by or as if by disease, misfortune, or sorrow, deeply affected, to be struck by something, disabled or incapacitated by something, terror stricken or poverty stricken as an example.

Smitten — to smear or defile, to hit, strike or beat.

Afflicted —  to distress with mental or bodily pain; trouble greatly or grievously: persistent pain or distress.

Transgressions — the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle, to sin.

Iniquities — gross injustice : wickedness, sin or wrong doing, a really unfair or immoral act.

Chastisement — a severe criticism or punishment, to criticize severely; reprimand or rebuke, usually verbal  to purify (archaic).

Oppressed — burdened by abuse of power or authority in a cruel or unjust manner, to press down upon, prevented from having opportunities and freedom.

Offering —- something offered in worship or devotion, an oblation or sacrifice.

Anguish — excruciating or acute distress, suffering, or pain, mental or physical.

Satisfied —  pleased or content, the requirements have been met and nothing more needs to be done, to fulfill the desires, expectations, needs, or demands, to give assurance, convince.

Righteous —- acting in accord with divine or moral law : free from guilt or sin, to be right.

Intercession —  mediation, or a request or prayer in favor of another, to pray for another, act of the heart.

I hope this word study is beneficial. We are all intelligent people but sometimes we gloss over things without thinking or just believing we know the meaning when there is often a much deeper one. That is always true of studying God’s Word and the sacrifice of Christ. It is deep calling to deep, but Isaiah 53 is deep love. And full of words to ponder.

Rebecca Jones    Avel Chuklanov / Unsplash

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