Isaiah 53, who is it about? Israel? Messiah? Both?

 

 

 

 

 

Isaiah 53

By: Eric Turner

As we all have been searching for truth and testing everything against the Word of YHVH, we have at some point ran into Anti-Missionaries, those who have made it their life’s work to “disprove” Yeshua/Jesus as the Messiah. Men such as Baruch Cantor, Tovia Singer, Jason from jasonspiritualbabies.com, and many more are teaching very blasphemous interpretations that are designed specifically to lead you away from the Messiah Yeshua/Jesus. As sad as it is to say it, people are denying Yeshua left and right, so I plea with all other Ministries who want to keep the sheep from going estray and denying the one in whom they were sanctified, making it impossible for them to attain what we are promised, eternal life. This teaching will equipt you all with a quick reference source that refutes the teachings that these evil men teach about Isaiah 53. We will test their claims not only against the Word of YHVH, but also against their own scholars and sages’ teachings concerning Isaiah 53. When this study is over, it will be crystal clear that the teachings that these men are spreading is poison and can be extremely dangerous to one’s eternal allotment, and that their teachings are heavily in error. First, let us look at the scriptures.

Isaiah 53, who is it about? Israel? Messiah? Both?Isa 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of Yahweh revealed? 2 For HE shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: HE hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see HIM, there is no beauty that WE should desire him. 3 HE is despised and rejected of men; A MAN(not many men)of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and WE hid as it were OUR faces from HIM; HE was despised, and WE esteemed him not. 4 Surely HE hath borne OUR griefs, and carried OUR sorrows: yet WE did esteem HIM stricken, smitten of Elohim, and afflicted. 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. 6 All WE like sheep have gone astray; WE have turned every one to his own way; and Yahweh hath laid on HIM the iniquity of US all. 7 HE was oppressed, and HE was afflicted, yet HE opened not HIS mouth: HE is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so HE openeth not HIS mouth. 8 HE was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for HE was cut off out of the land of the living: FOR THE TRANSGRESSION OF MY PEOPLE was HE stricken. 9 And HE made HIS grave with the wicked, and with the rich in HIS death; because HE had done no violence, neither was any deceit in HIS mouth. 10 Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise HIM; he hath put HIM to grief: when thou shalt make HIS soul an offering for sin,HE shall see HIS seed, HE shall prolong HIS days, and the pleasure of Yahweh shall prosper in HIS hand. 11 HE shall see of the travail of HIS soul, and shall be satisfied: by HIS knowledge SHALL MY RIGHTEOUS SERVANT JUSTIFY MANY ; for HE shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and HE shall divide the spoil with the strong; because HE hath poured out HIS soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and HE bare the SIN OF MANY, and made intercession for the transgressors. Who is HE? Who are WE?Isa 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of Yahweh revealed? 2 For HE(Messiah) shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: HE(Messiah) hath no form nor comeliness; and when WE(Israel) shall see HIM(Messiah), there is no beauty that WE(Israel) should desire HIM(Messiah). 3 HE(Messiah) is despised and rejected of MEN(more than one); A MAN(not many men)of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and WE (Israel)hid as it were OUR(Israel) faces from HIM(Messiah); HE(Messiah) was despised, and WE (Israel)esteemed him not. 4 Surely HE (Messiah)hath borne OUR(Israel) griefs, and carried OUR(Israel) sorrows: yet WE (Israel)did esteem HIM(Messiah) stricken, smitten of Elohim, and afflicted. 5 But HE(Messiah) was wounded for OUR(Israel) transgressions, HE (Messiah)was bruised for OUR(Israel) iniquities: the chastisement of OUR (Israel)peace was upon HIM(Messiah); and with HIS(Messiah) stripes WE(Israel) are healed. 6 All WE(Israel) like sheep have gone astray; WE(Israel) have turned every one to his own way; and Yahweh hath laid on HIM(Messiah) the iniquity of US(Israel) all. 7 HE(Messiah) was oppressed, and HE (Messiah)was afflicted, yet HE(Messiah) opened not HIS(Messiah) mouth: HE(Messiah) is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so HE(Messiah) openeth not HIS(Messiah) mouth. 8 HE(Messiah) was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for HE(Messiah) was cut off out of the land of the living: FOR THE TRANSGRESSION OF MY PEOPLE(Israel) was HE(Messiah) stricken. 9 And HE made HIS grave with the wicked, and with the rich in HIS death; because HE had done no violence, neither was any deceit in HIS mouth. 10 Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise HIM; he hath put HIM to grief: when thou shalt make HIS soul an offering for sin,HE shall see HIS seed, HE shall prolong HIS days, and the pleasure of Yahweh shall prosper in HIS hand. 11 HE shall see of the travail of HIS soul, and shall be satisfied: by HIS knowledge SHALL MY RIGHTEOUS SERVANT JUSTIFY MANY ; for HE(Messiah) shall bear THEIR(Israel) iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and HE shall divide the spoil with the strong; because HE hath poured out HIS soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and HE(Messiah) bare the SIN OF MANY(Israel), and made intercession for the transgressors. It is not rocket science. Unless we are allowed to break all rules of the language used, HE is the Messiah and WE are Israel. So, the answer to the original question is BOTH, Isaiah 53 is about Israel and the Messiah. Where they fall short is when they teach that this suffering servant is Israel. We see above already the error with the linguistics, now let us look at what the Rabbis and sages have taught concerning Isaiah 53.

 

Isaiah 53 is almost never read in the synagogues, as it is consistently neglected during the Haftorah readings. This is amazing in light of the fact that the chapters preceding and following Isaiah 53 are recited during these special readings. The following list illustrates this point:

Haftorah for Ekeb -Isaiah 49:14-51:3
Haftorah for Shofetim -Isaiah 51:12-52:12
Haftorah for Noah -Isaiah 54:1-55:5
Haftorah for Sephardi ritual -Isaiah 54:1-10
Haftorah for Hi Tetze -Isaiah 54:1-10
Haftorah for Re‟eh -Isaiah 54:11-55:5

Herbert Lowe, a Cambridge University Rabbinics Professor notes:

“Quotations from the famous 53rd chapter of Isaiah are rare in the Rabbinic literature. Because of the Christological interpretation given to the chapter by Christians, it is omitted from the series of prophetical lessons (HAFTORAH) for the Deuteronomy Sabbaths. The omission is deliberate and striking.” (Schwarz, “Dear Rabbi,” p.16)

It should also be pointed out that the Haftorah readings are the same throughout synagogues and temples all over the world.

NOTE ABOUT ISAIAH 53 AND RABBI RASHI

In order to avoid the obvious Christian implications, rabbis such as Rashi (Rabbi Solomon Izaak, circa 1040-1105 A. D.) referred this passage to the sufferings of the nation of Israel, despite the fact that rabbis such as the great Maimonides and Crispin thought it was wrong to apply this to Israel. They rather maintained the belief that this passage of Scripture was about Messiah. The reason for Rashi‟s attempt to make Israel the central focus of this passage was due to his seemingly anti-Christian bias, a fact to which he freely admitted:

In the early cycle of synagogue readings:

We know that messianic homilies based on Joseph’s career (his saving role preceded by suffering), and using Isaiah 53 as the prophetic portion, were preached in certain old synagogues which used the triennial cycle…

–Rav Asher Soloff, “The Fifty Third Chapter of Isaiah According to the Jewish Commentators, to the Sixteenth Century” (Ph.D. Thesis, Drew University,1967), p. 146.

“The addition of 53.4-5 [to the cycle of synagogue readings] was evidently of a Messianic purport by reason of the theory of a suffering Messiah. The earlier part of [the Haftarah] (52.7ff.) dealt with the redemption of Israel, and in this connection the tribulations of the Messiah were briefly alluded to by the recital of the above 2 verses”.

–Jacob Mann, The Bible as Read and Preached in the Old Synagogue (NY: Ktav, 1971, © 1940), p. 298.

Now on to the Jewish Commentaries of Isaiah 53.

 

Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 98b

The Rabbis said: His name is “the leper scholar,”as it is written, Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him a leper, smitten of God, and afflicted. [Isaiah 53:4].–Soncino Talmud edition.

Ruth Rabbah 5:6

The fifth interpretation [of Ruth 2:14] makes it refer to the Messiah. Come hither: approach to royal state. And eat of the BREAD refers to the bread of royalty; AND DIP THY MORSEL IN THE VINEGAR refers to his sufferings, as it is said, But he was wounded because of our transgressions. (Isa. LIII, 5). –Soncino Midrash Rabbah (vol. 8, p. 64

There is a remarkable passage in the very old book Pesikta, cited in the treatise Abkath Rokhel, and reprinted in Hulsii Theologia Judaica, where this passage occurs, p. 309:

“When Elohim created the world, He stretched out His hand under the throne of His kavod, and brought forth the being of the Messiah. He said to him: ‘Will you heal and redeem My sons after 6000 years?’ He answered him, ‘I will.„Then Elohim said to him: ‘Will you then also bear the punishment in order to blot out their sins, as it is written, “But he bore our diseases” (Yeshayahu 53:4). And the Messiah answered Him; ‘I will joyfully bear them'(cf. Zohar, 2:212a).

Rabbi Moses Haddarshan states:

“Immediately the Messiah, out of love, took upon himself all those plagues and sufferings, as it is written in Yeshayahu 53, ‘He was abused and oppressed.’ “

The Karaite Yefeth ben Ali (10th c.)

As to myself, I am inclined, with Benjamin of Nehawend, to regard it as alluding to the Messiah, and as opening with a description of his condition in exile, from the time of his birth to his accession to the throne: for the prophet begins by speaking of his being seated in a position of great honor, and then goes back to relate all that will happen to him during the captivity. He thus gives us to understand two things: In the first instance, that the Messiah will only reach his highest degree of honor after long and severe trials; and secondly, that these trials will be sent upon him as a kind of sign, so that, if he finds himself under the yoke of misfortunes whilst remaining pure in his actions, he may know that he is the desired one….

–S. R. Driver and A. Neubauer, editors, The Fifty-third Chapter of Isaiah According to the Jewish Interpreters (2 volumes; New York: Ktav, 1969), pp. 19-20. The English translations used here are taken from volume 2. The original texts are in volume 1. Cf. Soloff, pp. 107-09.

Another statement from Yefeth ben Ali:

By the words “surely he hath carried our sicknesses,”they mean that the pains and sickness which he fell into were merited by them, but that he bore them instead. . . . And here I think it necessary to pause for a few moments, in order to explain why God caused these sicknesses to attach themselves to the Messiah for the sake of Israel. . . . The nation deserved from God greater punishment than that which actually came upon them, but not being strong enough to bear it. . . God appoints his servant to carry their sins, and by doing so lighten their punishment in order that Israel might not be completely exterminated.

–Driver and Neubauer, pp. 23 ff.; Soloff pp. 108-109.

Another statement from

Yefeth ben Ali:

“And the Lord laid on him the iniquity of us all.” The prophet does not by avon mean iniquity, but punishment for iniquity, as in the passage, “Be sure your sin will find you out” (Num. xxxii. 23).

–Driver and Neubauer, p. 26; Soloff p. 109.

Mysteries of R. Shim’on ben Yohai

(midrash, date uncertain)

And Armilaus will join battle with Messiah, the son of Ephraim, in the East gate . . .; and Messiah, the son of Ephraim, will die there, and Israel will mourn for him. And afterwards the Holy One will reveal to them Messiah, the son of David, whom Israel will desire to stone, saying, Thou speakest falsely; already is the Messiah slain, and there is non other Messiah to stand up (after him): and so they will despise him, as it is written, “Despised and forlorn of men;” but he will turn and hide himself from them, according to the words, “Like one hiding his face from us.”

–Driver and Neubauer, p. 32, citing the edition of Jellinek, Beth ha-Midrash (1855), part iii. p. 80.

Lekach Tov (11th c. midrash)

“And let his [Israel’s] kingdom be exalted,” in the days of the Messiah, of whom it is said, “Behold my servant shall prosper; he will be high and exalted, and lofty exceedingly.”

–Driver and Neubauer, p. 36.

Zohar II, 212a (medieval)

There is in the Garden of Eden a palace named the Palace of the Sons of Sickness. This palace the Messiah enters, and He summons every pain and every chastisement of Israel. All of these come and rest upon Him. And had He not thus lightened them upon Himself, there had been no man able to bear Israel’s chastisements for the transgressions of the law; as it is written, “Surely our sicknesses he has carried.”

–Cited in Driver and Neubauer, pp. 14-15 from section “va-yiqqahel”. Translation from Frydland, Rachmiel, What the Rabbis Know About the Messiah (Cincinnati: Messianic Literature Outreach, 1991), p. 56, n. 27. Note that this section is not found in the Soncino edition which says that it was an interpolation.

Nachmanides (R. Moshe ben Nachman) (13th c.)

The right view respecting this Parashah is to suppose that by the phrase “my servant” the whole of Israel is meant. . . .As a different opinion, however, is adopted by the Midrash, which refers it to the Messiah, it is necessary for us to explain it in conformity with the view there maintained. The prophet says, The Messiah, the son of David of whom the text speaks, will never be conquered or perish by the hands of his enemies. And, in fact the text teaches this clearly. . . .

And by his stripes we were healed –because the stripes by which he is vexed and distressed will heal us; God will pardon us for his righteousness, and we shall be healed both from our own transgressions and from the iniquities of our fathers.

–Driver and Neubauer, pp. 78 ff.

Yalkut ii: 571 (13th c.)

Who art thou, O great mountain (Zech. iv. 7.) This refers to the King Messiah. And why does he call him “the great mountain?” Because he is greater than the patriarchs, as it is said, “My servant shall be high, and lifted up, and lofty exceedingly” –he will be higher than Abraham, . . . lifted up above Moses, . . . loftier than the ministering angels.

–Driver and Neubauer, p. 9.

The same passage is found in Midrash Tanhuma to Genesis (perhaps 9th c.), ed. John T. Townsend (Hoboken, NJ: Ktav, 1989), p. 166.

Yalkut ii. 620 (13th c.), in regard to Psalm 2:6

I have drawn him out of the chastisements. . . .The chastisements are divided into three parts: one for David and the fathers, one for our own generation, and one for the King Messiah; and this is that which is written, “He was wounded for our transgressions,”etc.

–Driver and Neubauer, p. 10.

A comment from R. Mosheh Kohen ben Crispin

If his soul makes itself into a trespass-offering, implying that his soul will treat itself as guilty, and so receive punishment for our trespasses and transgressions.

–Driver and Neubauer, p. 112.

R. Sh’lomoh Astruc (14th c.)

My servant shall prosper, or be truly intelligent, because by intelligence man is really man –it is intelligence which makes a man what he is. And the prophet calls the King Messiah my servant, speaking as one who sent him. Or he may call the whole people my servant, as he says above my people (lii. 6): when he speaks of the people, the King Messiah is included in it; and when he speaks of the King Messiah, the people is comprehended with him. What he says then is, that my servant the King Messiah will prosper.

–Driver and Neubauer, p. 129.

R. Sh’lomoh Astruc (14th c.)

My servant shall prosper, or be truly intelligent, because by intelligence man is really man –it is intelligence which makes a man what he is. And the prophet calls the King Messiah my servant, speaking as one who sent him. Or he may call the whole people my servant, as he says above my people (lii. 6): when he speaks of the people, the King Messiah is included in it; and when he speaks of the King Messiah, the people is comprehended with him. What he says then is, that my servant the King Messiah will prosper.

–Driver and Neubauer, p. 129.

R. Elijah de Vidas (16th c.)

Since the Messiah bears our iniquities which produce the effect of His being bruised, it follows that whoso will not admit that the Messiah thus suffers for our iniquities, must endure and suffer for them himself.

–Driver and Neubauer, p. 331.

Rabbi Moshe Alshekh (El-Sheikh) of Sefad (16th c.)

I may remark, then, that our Rabbis with one voice accept and affirm the opinion that the prophet is speaking of the King Messiah, and we ourselvesalso adhere to the same view.

–Driver and Neubauer, p. 258.

 

Herz Homberg (18th-19th c.)

The fact is, that it refers to the King Messiah, who will come in the latter days, when it will be the Lord’s good pleasure to redeem Israel from among the different nations of the earth…..Whatever he underwent was in consequence of their own transgression, the Lord having chosen him to be a trespass-offering, like the scape-goat which bore all the iniquities of the house of Israel.

–Driver and Neubauer, p. 400-401.

The musaf (additional) service for the Day of Atonement, Philips machzor (20th c.)

Our righteous anointed is departed from us: horror hath seized us, and we have non to justify us. He hath borne the yoke of our iniquities, and our transgression, and is wounded because of our transgression. He beareth our sins on his shoulder, that he may find pardon for our iniquities. We shall be healed by his wound, at the time that the Eternal will create him (the Messiah) as a new creature. O bring him up from the circle of the earth. Raise him up from Seir, to assemble us the second time on Mount Lebanon, by the hand of Yinnon .(Messiah)

–A. Th. Philips, Machzor Leyom Kippur / Prayer Book for the Day of Atonement with English Translation; Revised and Enlarged Edition (New York: Hebrew Publishing Company, 1931), p. 239. The passage can also be found in, e.g., the 1937 edition. Also, Driver and Neubauer, p. 399.

Soncino Zohar, Shemoth, Section 2, Page 212a

When the Messiah hears of the great suffering of Israel in their dispersion, and of the wicked amongst them who seek not to know their Master, he weeps aloud on account of those wicked ones amongst them, as it is written: “But he was wounded because of our transgression, he was crushed because of our iniquities” (ISA.: LIII, 5).

Isa.53[ 5] But he ( Messiah )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.

Soncino Zohar, Shemoth, Section 2, Page 212a

The souls then return to their place. The Messiah, on his part, enters a certain Hall in the Garden of Eden, called the Hall of the Afflicted. There he calls for all the diseases and pains and sufferings of Israel, bidding them settle on himself, which they do . And were it not that he thus eases the burden from Israel, taking it on himself, no one could endure the sufferings meted out to Israel in expiation on account of their neglect of the Torah. So Scripture says; “Surely our diseases he did bear”, etc. (Ibid. LIII, 4).

Ninth century poet, Eliazer Hakalir

paraphrases Isaiah 53 in a prayer that comprises a part of some Jewish sects’ traditional liturgical prayers recited on Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement). The prayer begins:“We are shrunk up in our misery even until now! Our Rock hath not come nigh to us; Messiah our righteousness, hath turned from us; we are in terror, and there is none to justify us! Our iniquities and the yoke of our transgressions He will bear, for He was wounded for our transgressions; He will carry our sins upon His shoulder, that we may find forgiveness for our iniquities; and by his strips we are healed …”

(Baron, Rays of Messiah’s Glory, pp. 225-230)

Baron, Rays of Messiahs Glory, pp. 225-229)

“… the weight of Jewish authority preponderates in favor of the Messianic interpretation of this chapter… that until recent times this prophecy has been almost universally received by Jews as referring to Messiah is evident from Targum Jonathan who introduces Messiah by name in chp. LII.13; from the Talmud (Sanhedrin vol. 98b); and from the Zohar… In fact, until Rabbi Rashi [Rabbi Solomon Izaak (1040-1105)], considered the originator of the modern school of Jewish interpretation], who applied it to the Jewish nation, the Messianic interpretation of this chapter was almost universally adopted by Jews…”

Maimonides himself affirmed the messianic interpretation of Isaiah 53. (Ibid., vol.1, p. 322)

“Finally, the idea that God would place the sins of Israel upon an innocent man is alluded to in this Midrash:Moses spake before the Holy One, blessed be he, „Will not a time come upon when Israel will have neither Tabernacle nor Temple? What will happen to them (as regards atonement)?‟ He replied, „I will take a righteous man from amongst them and make him a pledge on their account, and I will atone for their iniquities.‟ (Midrash on Exodus 35:4)

With all these quotations directly from some of the most respected scholars within the history of Rabbinical Judaism, there is absolutely no doubt that before Rashi, it was universally accepted that the suffering servant of Isaiah 53 was referring to the Messiah. It is clear that modern Judaism goes not only against the language of the scriptures with their interpretations, but they also go against their own Rabbis that came before them. Some of these Rabbis I quoted admit to this fact. The common and universal understanding of Isaiah 53’s suffering servant as being the Messiah was known throughout the ancient Jewish world. It was not until massive persecution by the Roman Catholic Church against Jews and anyone following the Laws of God instead of bowing to the Pope that one Rabbi such as Rashi could change the entire view of the role of Messiah as our redeemer and turn the interpretation to mean Israel is the suffering servant. Modern Judaism, especially the Anti-Missionaries will lead people estray with their poisonous doctrines. Paul speaks well when he writes,

Tit 1:10  For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. 11  They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12  One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13  This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14  not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. 15  To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16  They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.

Do not let these evil men pull you away from the one who redeemed you. Do not believe good sounding Hebrew things without looking at all aspects of the teaching. Test it diligently before you deny Yeshua, because once you deny him, you have sealed your fate and cut yourself off from the living.

Heb 6:4  For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5  And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. 7  For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: 8  But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

My intentions of this work is to both inform you that there is a problem, and two, how to reply to these evil men who pretend they like you and only want to teach you “truth”. These men will first lead you down this long conspiracy theory that Christians invented the “trinity” doctrine and how it is against YHVH/God. I have a teaching called “The Tri-une Nature of YHVH” that proves that the triune doctrines were first Jewish, not Christian. These men will use Hebrew Elitism, meaning all things Hebrew are approved and anything not Hebrew is not approved. They do this in order to show some type of error in the New Testament. They are correct that the New Testament does not line up well with the English Old Testament. They will tell you the Masoretic text, the Hebrew script that your English Old Testaments are copied from, is superior to the Greek LXX Septuigent, even though the Masoretic was translated from it. They will use all sorts of tricks to first get you to reject Paul, then the New Testament Scriptures, and finally, Yeshua. As soon as you reject Yeshua, they lead you into a Rabbinical Covenant of man and not of God. At this point you have committed adultery against the one in whom you were sanctified to marry. I plea again, TEST EVERYTHING that is presented to you and see if what is taught lines up with what the scriptures say. Do not let the Anti-Missionaries lie to you. YES, I said flat out they will LIE to you, knowing what they are teaching at points is incorrect and goes against their own teachers of old.

They will make comments like, “No Jew would agree that Isaiah 53 is about the Messiah”, which they know well is a blatant lie, they know what is in their commentaries. They know there are Rabbis who currently agree with the interpretation of Isaiah 53 is about the Messiah, the suffering servant. It is not hard to look these things up for yourselves, and test EVERYTHING to see whether or not these men are from YHVH. If what they say does not line up with scripture, DO NOT GIVE THEM EAR ANY LONGER! There are so many rejecting Yeshua because they are listening to these evil men set out to keep you from entering the Kingdom of YHVH through the only door, Yeshua.

Mat 23:13  But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. 14  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. 15  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Now, let us look at the New Testament scriptures where Isaiah 53 is quoted. We will see very quickly, that all the Apostles, all Jewish men, understood Isaiah 53 to be about the Messiah as the suffering servant.

Mat 8:17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”

Mar 15:28 [And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “He was numbered with the transgressors.”]

Luk 22:37 For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.”

Joh 12:37 Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him,
Joh 12:38 so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Lord, who has believed what he heard from us, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

Rom 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”

1Pe 2:22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.

1Pe 2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
Every single time Isaiah 53 is quoted, it is in the context of the Messiah being the suffering servant. All of the Authors of the Gospels and Epistles in the New Testament were Jewish men. So, if we want to see which stance is better, the “Jewish” “common understanding” of today’s Judaism, or the ancient Sages and all of the Apostles’ interpretations, there is no question whatsoever. It is only speaking of Yeshua as the suffering servant. If we go by the modern understanding of the suffering servant as being Israel, allow me to ask, which scripture shows that Israel is this suffering servant?


Please, I plea with all who read this, look into things thoroughly before making the decision to deny Yeshua, because once you go that route, there is no way for you to be redeemed again, for Yeshua will not die for you again. May the wisdom of Yeshua be given to all who seek Him, HaShem Yeshua, Amein Amein!

Thank you to Rico Cortes and Wisdom in Torah Ministries for allowing me to use their materials to write this article, Shalom.

 

 

 


 

 

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