234: Isaiah 53:2a


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365 Prophecies: Prophecy 234

The Messiah will come from an unlikely source: a poor family from Bethlehem and Nazareth to a nation formerly thought of as “dry ground” and “unfruitful.”

Old Testament Prediction:

Isaiah 53:2a For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Luke 2:4-7 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Application:

The idea that the King of kings would be born to a poor family in the most unlikely of towns, to a nation which had only a distant memory of glory, is unthinkable. Yet, these were the circumstances which God chose to announce the birth of His Son. The Messiah coming as a root out of dry ground is descriptive of the time in which Jesus came into the world. The former glory of David’s kingdom of princes and kings was now reduced to dry ground and beggars. Jesus comes from the root of David’s kingdom, but that glorious kingdom has long since faded.

Many Bible critics claim that the story of Jesus Christ is a contrived myth made up by men in the first century. What story teller who desired to make his account popular, would choose the background that the writers of the New Testament chose for Jesus Christ?

Any first century reader who learned that Jesus was from Nazareth, a town hated and despised for their Roman occupation, would immediately be put off from going any further.[1] Jesus was born into a poor family by supposed illegitimate circumstances and lived His early life in the scandal of those circumstances. Any person or group who were seeking to create a new religion or group of followers—would not choose the narrative of Jesus life presented by the four gospels.

This seems to be the very reason that God chose for His Son to come from such a background. Any person of similar circumstances who would hear Jesus story, would feel an affinity towards Him. His poverty, questionable parentage and early difficulties would attract even the most destitute and despised person. No one should ever feel like they are too low in their life’s estate to reach Jesus. God brought Jesus into the world under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable. He did this so that even the lowliest person might reach Him and find the forgiveness of their sins.

Many of the early followers of Jesus, including the Apostles, were men despised and rejected by the world. It was the purpose of God to choose those who are poor and despised to bring about the arrival of His Son.

What if God, wanting to show the world that He was accessible to even the most destitute and forgotten person, chose these conditions, for the express purpose of making the Savior of the world accessible to even the lowest of those who dwell on the earth.

If Jesus was born into lavish luxury, those who are among the world’s poor would not likely be comfortable coming to Him.

An unlikely introduction

Isaiah the Prophet predicts that the Messiah will not come in the manner that most men expect Him. He shall arrive in humility, poverty, lowliness, and quietness.

Jesus is available to anyone, at any time, in all places. There is no person who is so low in his estate of life that Jesus cannot reach down and lift that person up. Jesus intended that His life as the Savior of all people would be accessible to anyone who could hear and respond.

Though the nation of Israel was considered as abandoned by the world and forsaken by God, a root out of dry ground, at the right time—Jesus came to lift the nation out of her alienation and kept God’s promise. At the precise moment when the prophecies were ready to be fulfilled, God brought forth His Son and accomplishing what He promised.

There are 131 Prophecies of the Messiah which are found within the book of Isaiah. Each one is precisely fulfilled by Jesus in the Narrative of the New Testament. These prophecies stand as stunning proof for the power of God’s word to do exactly as He has said that He would do. The detail and precision that it would take one person in all the history of the world to fit himself and his life into the fulfillment of these prophecies should be thought impossible—except for the fact that one man did accomplish this unattainable task.

Some of the most amazing and notable of Isaiah’s prophecies of the Messiah are found in chapter 53. A few of these are listed below. For a complete list of all the prophecies of Isaiah, see the chapter index.

Prophecy 233: Even among the Messiah’s own people, the Jews, will not believe that He is the promised One.

Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

Prophecy 234: The Messiah will come from an unlikely source: a poor family from Bethlehem and Nazareth to a nation formerly thought to be “dry ground” and “unfruitful.”

Isaiah 53:2a For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground.

Prophecy 235: The Messiah will have no physical beauty that people will be attracted to Him. In fact, He will be greatly disfigured by the suffering of His crucifixion. It will be His character and personality that will attract and draw people to Him.

Isaiah 53:2b … He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.

Prophecy 236: The Messiah will be despised, hated, looked down upon as worthless and irrelevant.

Isaiah 53:3a He is despised

Prophecy 237: The Messiah will be rejected by men.

Isaiah 53:3b He is…rejected by men…

Prophecy 238: The Messiah will find great sorrow and bitter grief in the inability of men to repent and receive Him. He shall be filled with great personal grief as He contemplates the cost required for the redemption of all men.

Isaiah 53:3c He is … A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.

Prophecy 239: The men who were closest to the Messiah will “hide their faces from Him,” when He is arrested.

Isaiah 53:3d …And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Prophecy 240: By the Messiah’s sacrifice, He would bear the griefs of our sicknesses in His body.

Isaiah 53:4a Surely He has borne our griefs

Prophecy 241: The purpose of the Messiah’s sacrifice was to carry the sorrow for our sins.

Isaiah 53:4b Surely He has …carried our sorrows….

Prophecy 242: Those who see the Messiah suffering will think that His punishment is for His own sins.

Isaiah 53:4c … Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.

Prophecy 243: The purpose of the Messiah’s sacrifice will be to pay the penalty for all mankind’s sins.

Isaiah 53:5a But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities

Prophecy 244: The purpose of the Messiah’s sacrifice will be to make peace between God and man.

Isaiah 53:5b … The chastisement for our peace was upon Him

Prophecy 245: The Messiah will be scourged with stripes that will bring healing to all who believe.

Isaiah 53:5c … And by His stripes we are healed.

Prophecy 246: The purpose of the Messiah’s sacrifice was to bear the sins of the whole world who were lost and separated from God.

Isaiah 53:6a All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way

Prophecy 247: The Lord laid on the Messiah the debt of all the world’s sins.

Isaiah 53:6b … And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Prophecy 248: The Messiah will be oppressed and afflicted because of our sins.

Isaiah 53:7a He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.

Prophecy 249: Though the Messiah will be falsely accused, He will remain silent and not seek to defend Himself.

Isaiah 53:7b He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.

Prophecy 250: The Messiah will be the Lamb who takes way the sins of the whole world.

Isaiah 53:7c He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.

Prophecy 251: The Messiah will be arrested and confined by evil men who will commit unjust legal action against Him.

Isaiah 53:8a He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.

Prophecy 252: The Messiah’s trial will be unjust with false testimony and improper procedure.

Isaiah 53:8b He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.

Prophecy 253: The Messiah to be “cut off” (killed) at the hands of evil men.

Isaiah 53:8c He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.

Prophecy 254: The ultimate purpose in the death of the Messiah is to remove the transgressions of all people.

Isaiah 53:8d … For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.

Prophecy 255: The Messiah will be buried in a rich man’s grave.

Isaiah 53:9a And they made His grave with the wicked— But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

Prophecy 256: Although the Messiah will be condemned to die, He will be innocent.

Isaiah 53:9b And they made His grave with the wicked— But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

Prophecy 257: The Messiah will bear witness of the truth of God for the salvation of man.

Isaiah 53:9c And they made His grave with the wicked— But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

Prophecy 258: It pleased the Lord to punish the Messiah for the sins of the world.

Isaiah 53:10a Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

Prophecy 259: The Eternal promise of God was that the Soul of the Messiah would redeem all men.

Isaiah 53:10b Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

Prophecy 260: The Messiah shall look forward and see those to whom He shall redeem by His sacrifice.

Isaiah 53:10c Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

Prophecy 261: The Messiah’s plan for the salvation of all men will prosper and be successful.

Isaiah 53:10d Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

Prophecy 262: The Messiah shall see in advance what the work of His Salvation shall accomplish, and He will be satisfied.

Isaiah 53:11a He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.

Prophecy 263: The Messiah shall be “the servant of God,” as He submits Himself to God for man’s salvation.

Isaiah 53:11b He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.

Prophecy 264: The Messiah’s sacrifice shall justify all those who put their trust in Him.

Isaiah 53:11c He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.

Prophecy 265: The Messiah shall become the bearer of all sins for all people, for all time.

Isaiah 53:11d He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities (sins).

Prophecy 266: Because the Messiah will make His life a sacrifice for the sins of the world, upon His resurrection He will be exalted above all other names.

Isaiah 53:12a Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.

Prophecy 267: The Messiah will “pour out His soul unto death”; He will give all that He has for those He is redeeming.

Isaiah 53:12b Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.

Prophecy 268: The Messiah will be numbered with others also called “criminals,” at His death.

Isaiah 53:12c Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.

Prophecy 269: The purpose of the Messiah is to “bear the sins of many.”

Isaiah 53:12d Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.

Prophecy 270: The continuing role of the Messiah will be to make intercession by prayers for those who come to Him in faith and are saved.

Isaiah 53:12e Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.


NOTES:
[1] John 1:46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

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