Ancient Prophecies: Part 7 of 16: Rightly Dividing The Word Of God

But He was for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

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Everything about who Jesus is and what would happen while He was here on earth was written down by the prophets of the Old Testament. Everything regarding Israel and the Church is also written there and what would become of them as well.

Full Revelation?
Do you think any of these men understood those things of which they wrote?  Did Isaiah have any special revelation? After all, there is an awful lot in the book of Isaiah about Jesus.  No. None of them knew nor had full understanding of the promised Messiah.

It was quite confusing, really, because some parts of their prophecies paint a picture of a glorious, conquering King.  Others speak of a suffering Messiah.  So, what was He to be:  A Conquering King or a suffering Messiah?  They seem contradictory.  No wonder they were confused. No one could tell which was which.  They never guessed it would be both.

Jewish Secretaries.
Isaiah, though he penned the above passage, was not the author, of course.  He was acting as one of God’s Jewish secretaries. Like all the prophets of old, he simply recorded what The Holy Spirit told him to.  But not a one of them had full revelation of what they were writing.

You can see why they were confused. They didn’t realize that there would be a first and second coming, a result of Israel’s rejection.  In His first coming, Jesus would suffer and die for our sins.  This truth was hidden from them because, among other things, God knew that Israel would reject Jesus.  What the Jewish people didn’t understand was that, if they had accepted Him, He would have become their conquering Messiah!

In the opening verse, Jesus is depicted as the suffering Savior.  It’s amazing that they described sufferings in this manner.  It was long before death by crucifixion was used as a means of capitol punishment.  For more in-depth study on this passage, follow the link below.  I guarantee your appreciation of what He suffered will rise to a whole new level:

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/03/18/by-his-stripe-we-are-healed-2/

Nazareth Visit.

At one point during His earthly ministry, Jesus went to visit in His hometown, Nazareth. On the Sabbath, He got up, as was His custom, and read from the scroll of Isaiah.  He read most of the first two verses in Isaiah 61.  Let’s follow the story as recorded in Luke 4:


“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant….”(Luke 4:18-20)

 

Jesus closed the scroll

Why Did Jesus Close The Scroll?

He didn’t read the entire passage.  Jesus closed the scroll and handed it back to the attendant and sat down.  But turn to this passage in Isaiah and you’ll notice He didn’t read the end of verse 2.

Isaiah went on to write the following words: “And the day of vengeance of our God…” Jesus left off that part and stopped at the comma. Why?  Because the day of God’s vengeance is not here.  I

saiah, like the rest of the Jewish people, didn’t know that between the “Acceptable year of the LORD” and “The day of vengeance” there would be a span of than 2,000 years…..and we’re still counting.  Jesus closed the book on FAVOR because He came as the Lamb of God, as our Savior in His first coming.  At His second coming He will come as the Lion of the tribe of Judah to judge the world.  Right now, we are still in that age of grace, of “Radzon,” of it being acceptable to God to be saved.

(For more on that topic, follow the link below:

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/the-judgment-seat-of-christ/)

THANK GOD HE CLOSED THE BOOK!

The Day Of Vengeance.

This means that the day of vengeance is not here…..YET.  So when someone talks to you about God’s judgment or sings about “the days of vengeance of our God” in song, as if God is judging the nations right now, or judgment has fallen on this person or those people, DON’T BELIEVE THEM!  We are still in the dispensation of grace.

Yes, the day of vengeance will come, but it is not here yet. Besides, Church, when it does come, you and I will not be here.  It is called, “The day of God’s wrath.”  We are not appointed unto wrath because Jesus took it ALL in our stead.  We will be sitting down with Jesus at the marriage feast of the Lamb while that “Day” is taking place!

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A Child Is Born.
The same confusion between the conquering King and the suffering Messiah is also evident here in Isaiah 9:6. “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”   Isaiah had no way of knowing that between “The child born” and the “Government upon His shoulder,” there would again be than 2,000+ years between those two events.  He simply wrote down what God told him to write as a faithful Jewish secretary.

Please join me for part 8 where we’ll discover more about the Gospel of the Kingdom and how it is different from the gospel that we preach.

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/05/07/the-gospel-of-the-kingdom-part-8-of-16-rightly-dividing-the-word-of-god/

 

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