|Section 4: Key Beliefs Re-examined, Article 5a
Does Isaiah 53
Describe Yehoshua (Jesus)?
“I am Yehuveh thy Elohim: . . .
there is no saviour beside Me.”
“I am Yehuveh, I change not.”
Hosea 13:4; Malachi 3:6.
| Isaiah 53 is one of the most frequently used Old Testament Scriptures assumed to support the New Testament story of Yehoshua (Jesus). This is possible, however, only by taking this chapter entirely out of context and because of the astonishingly inaccurate translation rendered by King James’ staff of Catholic translators. If you honestly seek truth, prayerfully consider what Isaiah 53:1-12 meant to Isaiah and to the people for whom this message was written in his time. As noted in Who is Yehoshua (Jesus)?, this entire chapter flows from the context of Isaiah 52, which ends with an exceptionally clear identification of the individuals to whom this chapter is written.
In Isaiah 52 Yehuveh speaks only to that portion of Israel who whole-heartedly return to Him, both anciently and in these amazing present times. Before the Isaiah 53 message was delivered, He described the restoration of His people: “Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion. For thus saith Yehuveh, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.” “Therefore My people shall know My name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am He that doth speak: behold, it is I.” Isaiah 52:1-3, 6.
Then turning His attention specifically to His anointed spokesmen through whom He will accomplish this restoration [the ancient Hebrew prophets, including Isaiah himself, as well as those He has now raised up to bring His people back to His truth], Yehuveh says, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy Elohim reigneth! Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when Yehuveh shall bring again Zion.” Isaiah 52:7-8.
These beautiful words describe the final outcome, but before this result is achieved, Yehuveh’s servants have endured painful and agonizing times in their efforts to bring His truth back to “a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with Elohim.” The latter verses of Isaiah 52 and most of Isaiah 53 describe this experience: “Behold, My servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied [numb, stunned, stupefied] at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: so shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.” Psalms 78:8; Isaiah 52:13-15.
Originally Written: 16 December 2008
Latest Update: 31 May 2010
Complete Study Guide to Article 5a
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Summary of Isaiah 53:1-12
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