Amazing Angles of the Bible – Bible Study

“Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?  He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no  beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire  him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with  pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in  low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him  punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our  transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us  peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone  astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity  of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like  a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open  his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation  protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my  people he was punished. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in  his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Yet  it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes  his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of  the Lord will prosper in his hand. After he has suffered, he will see the light of life  and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he  will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will  divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was  numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made  intercession for the transgressors.”

Isaiah 53:1-12 NIV

I think The Book of Isaiah is my favorite. As a matter of fact, Jesus quoted Isaiah often in  His ministry.

Here’s what makes Isaiah 53 an amazing chapter. First, Isaiah was written about 700  years before the death of Jesus. Just read it’s accuracy of what was to happen! Only  God could make prophesy so accurate and so perfect!

Now, this chapter gets even better. Notice the tenses in the chapter. Isaiah is using the  past tense yet he wrote this chapter 700 plus years before the events occurred. He wrote  it as if it was a historical series of events yet it’s futuristic. Why?

I believe it’s because Isaiah wants to focus more on the impacts of the events versus the  actual events happening. It’s like the main message is the people will look back on the  events of Christ’s sufferings and realize the amazing love and grace God poured on  them through Christ’s sufferings. So, the impacts or results matters more than the actual  event!

So, when you read chapters in the Bible, study the tenses. Is the reading focusing on  past, present or future and why? Sometimes, you will garner deeper meaning of the  actual impacts of the scriptures by studying how the wording is crafted.

by Kent Brosh a Kawaiaha’o Blog Contributor

Alberta, Canada

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