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Why Holy Week is Hard, Yet So Powerful For Us (Isaiah 53)

When I was a new Christian, I didn’t want to go to Good Friday services, for I felt it was so hard to think about the enormous suffering of Jesus.

 

Steve and I were in a little church in Oregon and Steve was coming alive to the Lord. He had been coming with me to church and Bible study from the beginning of my conversion three years earlier, and was in agreement with what he heard. It was when he was helping with the homeless in downtown Indianapolis and passing out blankets, food, and tracts (and reading them) that he realized he was going to hell and put his trust in Christ. Yet, still, I didn’t see a passion there. When we moved to Oregon, our pastor (who happened to be our own Sharon’s future father-in-law) took a special interest in Steve and even called me to make sure we were coming on Good Friday! I told him I didn’t think I could bear it, but he urged me to bear it. I told Steve I didn’t want to go — I’d stay home with our babies. So Steve went alone. When Steve came home, he was so quiet, so contemplative.

 

Young Steve

God was melting him through the great love he saw on the cross. Everything in his head was falling to his heart. It was the LORD, (and not his wife!) who was penetrating His heart with His amazing love. After that night, I saw a passion growing in my husband. Steve’s testimony is that he doesn’t know exactly when he became God’s child, but one day he looked at a cross on a church and thought, I know Him and I am His.

So though it is true that the suffering of Christ is hard to look upon, (His disfigurement, Isaiah 52:14, tells us, was so great that he didn’t even look human) it is also true that beholding this love has a power to transform us like nothing else.

Having said that, I think of Lizzy’s little Philip, who at his tender age doesn’t want to think about the cross. I have heard it said that until a child is old enough to understand the whole gospel, the bad news and the good news, we should wait. God will show us when the time is right — the child may even initiate the discussion. We can trust God and wait upon Him for our children.

But we are adults. And so though it isn’t easy, please let us walk together through some passages leading up to Isaiah 53, and then that great chapter itself. Let us take off our shoes, for indeed, this is Holy Ground. Let us sacrifice time from other things to be with Him.

Sunday:

1. What stands out to you from the above and why?

2. Will you walk with us through His suffering this week? If so, why?

Monday: Regarding Things to Come, Question Me! (Isaiah 45:11)

Here is the test Moses gives for a true prophet:

Now if you say to yourselves, “How can we tell that a message is not from the Lord?”— whenever a prophet speaks in my name and the prediction is not fulfilled, then I have not spoken it; the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him.

                                                                                                Deuteronomy 18:21-22

Alec Motyer says that we have become so used to the fact that the Lord fulfills his predictions that we fail to see how important this is. No other “god,” whether stone or wood or man, can or has prophesied so specifically and never failed to be wrong. Indeed, consider just a few of Isaiah’s prophecies leading up to the amazing prophesy of the crucifixion in Isaiah 52-53. We have already seen how God prophesied through Isaiah the Babylonian capture and captivity in Isaiah 39, now God also tells who it is who will set the captives free. This was 150 years before Cyrus was even born.

3. Read Isaiah 45:1-7 

A. Whom does Isaiah name in verse 1, and what do you learn about him?

B. What other interesting thing do you learn about Cyrus in verses 4-5? 

C. What thoughts do you have on God using those who do not know Him? 

D. What is one of the purposes of prophesy according to verse 6?

E. What else do you learn about our Lord from verse 7? What does this mean to you?

4. Read Isaiah 45:22-25. 

A. What warning do you see in verse 22?

B. What prophesy that has not yet been fulfilled in in verse 23? How accurate do you think this will be?

     

 

Tuesday: I Have Set My Face Like Flint (Isaiah 50:7)

There are those who claimed that there had to be a different Isaiah who described the crucifixion, for no one could have described this in such accurate detail before it happened. Yet the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls proved that indeed, all this was written down long before Jesus was even born in Bethlehem.

 

Here is Alec Motyer’s translation of Isaiah 50:6-7:

My back I determined to give to the floggers,

and my cheeks to those who pluck them bare,

not to cover even my face from any ignominy and spitting.

The Sovereign Yahweh

will help me,

therefore I will not be abashed;

therefore I have set my face like flint,

and I know that I will not reap shame.

5. Read the above and answer:

A. What lay ahead for Christ and how was this fulfilled? (Matthew 27:27-31)

B. What was Christ’s attitude concerning what He knew lay ahead?

C. What helped Him to set His face like flint? (And what is flint?)

6. Isaiah 52:13-15

    A. What did God the Father know about His Servant Son according to verse 13?

    B. What was so shocking about Christ upon the cross according to verse 14?

    C. Why do you think this will cause Kings to shut their mouths?

Wednesday: Crushed Because of Our Iniquities

 

C. S. Lewis said he believed Christianity, in part, because it was so strange. No man could have thought up this plan of salvation. And only those whose eyes have been opened by the Spirit can believe. We can be so thankful if we believe.

7. Read Isaiah 53:2-9

A. What do you learn about Jesus in verses 2-3?

B. Why was he crucified according to verses 4-6?

C. Describe how Jesus went to the cross according to verse 7. Why, do you think?

D. List all the prophecies you see in this passage that were fulfilled.

Maundy Thursday: And Yahweh was himself pleased to crush him.

This is love incomprehensible. The closest I can come to understanding is the example Motyer gives of the joy of sending a child into the Lord’s service, even knowing it may cost that child’s life. I remember how after Deitrich Bonhoeffer was hung, his father, who has already lost a son and two sons-in-law in resisting Hitler, said he was “sad but proud.” This is how they had raised their sons — to do what was right, no matter the cost. They also knew this was not the end of the story. Motyer quotes Philippians and talks of “for the joy set before him he endured the cross.” What was that joy for Jesus? Us!

 

8. Read Isaiah 53:10-12

A. Surely this was suffering for God our Father as well, and yet, it was His will. Why,

according to this passage?

B. Meditate on verse 11 (Motyer translation) “Arising from the toil of his soul he will see and be satisfied.” What thoughts do you have on this?

 

Read this from Kevin deYoung and share your thoughts.

How can one so righteous be so brutally punished, so willingly slaughtered, and that for the sake of those who deserved to die? This is the problem mounting in the first three stanzas of the chapter. This is the mind boggling plight that has Isaiah asking, “Who will believe this report?!” Who has heard of such a thing? How can such violence, such tragedy, such injustice be tolerated? How can the righteous suffer and the guilty go free?

Verse 10: “Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he [the Lord] has put him to grief.” There’s the answer to all our mounting questions. It was God’s hand that pierced him, his purpose that afflicted him.

“This only makes it worse,” you may think to yourself. “I could scarcely accept such punishment befalling an innocent. I could barely embrace the idea that the righteous would suffer in the place of the guilty. But this is altogether too much. How does it help to know that it was the Lord’s will to crush him?”

But don’t you see what good news this is?

Because it was the Lord’s will to crush him we can behold the glory of our Triune God in planning and procuring our redemption. The Father did not punish the Son as a helpless victim of cosmic child abuse. The Son went to the cross freely and willingly. Likewise, the Son did not appease an angry God as some sort of divine good cop to the Father’s divine bad cop. The Father sent his Son to the cross freely and willingly. We do not have to look askance at Good Friday as if there were some rift of purpose, some difference in character, between the Father and the Son. The good news of Good Friday is that the Father did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all (Rom. 8:32) and that the Son drank the bitter cup of God’s wrath for our sakes (Mark 14:36).

Because if was the Lord’s will to crush him we can marvel at the love of God. In the mystery of divine redemption we must not think that the cross changed God’s mind to love us. Good Friday did not happen so that God could love us, but because he already loved those whom he had chosen in Christ. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). God shows his love for us in this that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8). In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:10).

And finally, because it was the Lord’s will to crush him we can be sure that full satisfaction has been made for our sins. “Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities” (Isa. 53:11). If the cross is something other than divine judgment upon the divine Son of God, if Good Friday is not the eternal, redemptive plan of God executed fully and finally on a hill outside Jerusalem, if what we are singing about is something other than the Lord’s will to crush his own Servant, than we cannot know if our sins have truly been forgiven. We cannot be sure that Christ’s death was enough. We cannot be certain that it is finished.

9. Share your thoughts on the above.

Good Friday

Listen to this from Eric Alexander and share your thoughts and comments.

      http://tapesfromscotland.org/Audio7/7168.mp3

10. Share any thoughts or comments from the above?

Saturday

11. Where will you be tomorrow and how do you plan to celebrate the resurrection?

12. What is your take-a-way this week and why?

 

 

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  1. 1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
    I didn’t know this about Steve-oh! This stood out because it was the LORD melting his heart-that encouraged me also. Such a wonderful testimony.
    2. Will you walk with us through His suffering this week? If so, why?
    Yes. Because I want to behold Him.

      1. Yes we would…☺

        1. My job is going well so far. I love the gal who is training me, and so does everyone else. She is a blessing to me. They call her sunshine. So appropriate! The only downside is that I lose an hour in the morning, so my quiet times aren’t as long as they used to be but the upside is I can listen to sermons on the way to work as it is a 45 minute drive. 🙂 I have another story to tell, about how God helped me see something inside I hadn’t seen before through a co-worker but I don’t have time.

  2. 2. Will you walk with us through His suffering this week? If so, why?

     

    Yes,  because it is the way to keep my heart from hardening.   Sometimes the sorrows of this world tempt me to just toughen up because I don’t want to feel the pain,  and that can lead to hardening of heart.     And when I attempt to “get my eyes on Jesus” I must look at Him on that cross for me.  Every time.

     

    Thank you for leading us there again this week, Dee.

  3. 5.  C.    What helped him set his face like flint?   And what is flint?

    Skipping down a bit.  This questions captured my attention.    Growing up in Wyoming, my family spent many, many weekends combing the mountains for Indian arrowheads and artifacts.    Many of them were carved out of flint.    I remember the first arrowhead my tiny hands discovered ~ red flint.     It was used because of its hard quality.       As I studied the meaning of flint and the reason that word is used in this passage of scripture, it became clear that it stood for deep resolve and determination.  

    The first two paragraphs of this Spurgeon sermon on Isaiah 50:7 beautifully describe Christ’s resolve from before time and through the old testament, eventually to His final week of life.    Here is a link for those interested in reading these first two paragraphs:

    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/spurgeon/sermons47.xxxi.html

    At one point Spurgeon says,  The fact is that our Master, even from eternity, resolved to save His people, and nothing could keep Him from the accomplishment of His purpose. From eternity He foresaw that they would fall from their first estate and He entered into Covenant engagements to redeem them—and from the pledge He gave of old, He never turned back.

    1. Flint is a type of hard mineral called quartz. There are many varieties of quartz; this one is called chert.

  4. 1. What stands out to you from the above and why?

    Easter is my best-loved holy season. It is key to understanding Jesus. Yet it is so hard to really look at the pain and suffering Jesus carried because of our sin. I was just pondering this morning how to handle Good Friday with my grandsons who will be here that day. Do I encourage them to go to the service or do we do something to explain the day at home? Are they old enough to bear it? They are 11, 9, and 7. The oldest is ready and perhaps the 9 year old, I think, but I am not sure about the youngest. What do others do about Good Friday?

    1. My oldest came to Jesus two months before she turned five, my youngest at a month before he turned five. We always talked openly with them about what Jesus had done for us and why. For the oldest, we wondered if she really understood. When I asked her about it then she said she did understand, and that she hadn’t wanted to be alone on the inside anymore. Our youngest was hard headed, and while he made his choice freely, when he was alone, he struggled with it through the years. He both wanted Jesus and wanted to be his own boss. He is now in his mid thirties and the father to a hard headed child, whom he does not shield. What is best for your grandsons I cannot say. I can only share our experience.

  5. What stood out to me was: God was melting him through the great love he saw on the cross. Everything in his head was falling to his heart. It was the LORD, (and not his wife!) who was penetrating His heart with His amazing love.

    How wonderful to see Steve’s heart melting before your eyes Dee! And that is what I pray for my husband Jeff, that the Lord will bring him to the cross & melt his heart.

    Yes, I will walk with u all this week. Why? Because I want a fresh revelation of Jesus & His power to save & His reality in every part of my life! Come Lord Jesus.

      1. Thank you dear Dee! <3

    1. We are both married to “Jeffs”!

  6. What stands out you from the above and why?  I really liked your wording of  “everything in his head was falling to his heart”.  This is my prayer as I read His Word and do Bible studies.  I don’t just want a “head” knowledge…I want it to change my heart.

    I shared with Jim what you wrote above about Steve…wonderful testimony!  He wanted me to share with you how much fun he had doing yard work with Steve and he can still hear his contagious laugh.

    2.  Will you walk with us through His suffering this week?  If so, why?  Yes.  I think it’s important to remember what He went through for me, as hard as it is…it’s very humbling.  I remember watching The Passion of Christ and leaving the theater in tears, and I wasn’t alone!

     

      1. 😊

    1. I too recall weeping after viewing the Passion of the Christ… what becomes too familiar became very real…my utter unworthiness, and Jesus’s immense suffering and grace hit me smack dab where it needed to.

  7. 1. What stands out to you from the above and why? The emotion and passion that you talk about. I’m not an emotional person so it makes me think that I lack compassion for his suffering.

    2. Will you walk with us through His suffering this week? If so, why? Yes. It is the most important week in Christian history and you can never know enough.

    1. Dawn, I do believe that we are all wired differently; some people are very emotional, cry easily, get very emotional, for example, in a church service. Others are more reserved. I get concerned about some religious events that are meant to stir up the crowd to a highly emotional state because that doesn’t necessarily equal real, saving faith; it’s just an emotional experience. I believe some have a deep, quiet, abiding faith in Jesus and love Him deeply, though not being outwardly emotional.

  8. 1.  What stood out? Steve’s testimony. Makes me think about a friend who desperately wanted to know when she had been saved. As she prayed about it, God told her that there are two ways to tame a horse. In one you get on and the horse bucks and fights, and when it quits fighting and responds to you, you know it is tamed. In the other, you feed the horse carrots and sugar and apples and gently start touching the horse and doing more and more with the horse until one day you get on the horse and ride it gently. When was that one tamed?

    I’ve always loved that, because people are different and God deals with us according to who we are. I was tamed by fighting, though it took over two years. One way or the other, my prayer is always that the person would not only come to Jesus, but become passionate for Him.

     

    2.  I will walk through this week with my blog sisters because God left us a detailed record of it for a good reason, so it must be for my good. I am like Dawn, and usually resist feeling deeply about suffering, so we will see what the Lord does with me.

  9. Mon   3 A). Cyrus is “anointed” by the Lord; God has subdued nations before him, & opened doors so that gates will not be shut.

    B. Cyrus was called by God & surnamed by God. God will gird & arm him, tho he has not known God.

    C. I’m fine with God using those who don’t know Him. I assume that at some point they recognize that He is the One who is with them. He is Supreme Ruler & He knows what is best. They still have their free will to respond to Him.

    D. One of the purposes of Prophecy  is that men may know that God is the Lord, & there is no other.

    E. The Lord created light & darkness; peace & evil. It is all for His plans & purposes. I have to trust that He knows what is best.

    4.  A. Warning: Only God can save us; there is no other God.

    B. “Every knee shall bow & every tongue swear allegiance”. The NT says that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. It is Truth & it will happen. I think when people see Jesus in all His glory, they will have no doubt that He is the Lord, even if they have denied him. They will have to bow!

  10. 3. Read Isaiah 45:1-7 
    A. Whom does Isaiah name in verse 1, and what do you learn about him?
    Cyrus. God anointed Cyrus.
    B. What other interesting thing do you learn about Cyrus in verses 4-5?
     That God anointed Cyrus even though he didn’t acknowledge Him.
    C. What thoughts do you have on God using those who do not know Him? 
    He used those who don’t know Him all throughout scripture and they were being used to bring about God’s redemption. In this case it was for the sake of Israel.  This exclaims His Glory-His beauty-His goodness in His sovereignty, that He is in control and in charge of everything and it is for our good and His glory.
    D. What is one of the purposes of prophesy according to verse 6?
    That people will know there is none besides God.
    E. What else do you learn about our Lord from verse 7? What does this mean to you?
    I may have answered this in C, but this verse says He creates light and darkness; He brings prosperity and creates disaster. God is saying He is in control of both light and darkness, prosperity and disaster-not only is He in control he “brings” it. Wow..this is hard. I hate to think God would bring disaster-that is so hard to understand or fathom because He is 100% Good! So I don’t know why but all I know is that He is Holy Good so it is for my Good and His glory even though I suffer-and every time He does so it is to bring redemption,  I mean it was horrendous what He went through for us when He died on the cross-His body disfigured, and separation from God. I think of Job and God giving satan rope..but just enough rope to hang himself as  He walked with Job through it. While Job suffered he grew and drew nearer to God and his faith was strengthened. God will walk with us through it and only give satan enough rope to hang himself but it is always for our good, for our growth and for me the trials in my life are helping me me to turn my desires away from this world and onto being with Him now as well as the longing deepening for the future when He comes back. I can’t edit I have to get ready for work, but these are my rambling thoughts. 🙂

  11. 1. What stands out to you from the above and why?

     

    I’ve always been curious about when Steve came to know the Lord; Dee, you’ve shared how you did, with the help of your sister, so I liked hearing about Steve. I like that you didn’t pressure him to do or feel anything, but instead let it be God who worked in his heart.

     

    2. Will you walk with us through His suffering this week? If so, why?

     

    I will do my best to be here each day. I am kind of sad I have to work Friday; also, my son who lives in TX is coming home on Friday-that’s a good thing! I always feel somewhat guilty at Easter and Christmas because my husband doesn’t want to go to church, and my son who will be here as well. In reading posts about how to tell kids about Jesus, I remember when this son of mine said that he prayed to accept Jesus; I had a Charles Stanley tape playing while we were driving somewhere, and he was listening. He was maybe 9? Then when he was a bit older, he told me that he prayed again because he felt that now he really understood the Cross. In 6th grade, we had a wonderful kids pastor at our church, and Ryan would read the Bible on his own. Unfortunately, now he isn’t interested in God and if I try to talk to him, he gets resistant and accuses me of preaching at him or just being weird. So I guess when he was young and prayed to receive Jesus, God didn’t really save him.

    It’s hard to make this week leading up to Easter meaningful when everyone around you doesn’t share your feelings about it. We have to meet my in-laws for brunch at noon on Easter, so I don’t know if I’ll even be able to get to church on Sunday, unless I go pretty early, and I’ll have to go by myself unless my daughter will go with me.

    1. Susan, I agree with Dee in that your entire family has been set apart because of your faith. Because of you they have heard and are being prayed for. Whether they admit it or not they are thinking about God, Jesus and salvation; so different than people who have never heard and don’t even consider these things.

      Passover points to the cross and the one thing that is true is that every person who was in the house when the blood was put on the door posts was saved, men, women, children and babies.  Whether they were the ones who put the blood on the posts or not they were saved because someone in that house believed in the blood.

      I’m not saying that the family of a saved person is automatically saved, but your family has favor.  Continue to pray for them, believing in God’s mercy.

      1. Thank you, Dawn….this encourages me very much!

    2. Dear Susan, I forgot your husband was Jeff too! We will keep lifting them up to the Lord…nothing is impossible for Him! I so identify with all you shared. I always go to church alone too, & feel torn on holidays cause I feel like I should be doing something with my husband. I will probably go to early service & have the rest of the day free. It sounds like your son received the Word when he was younger, & God will water it & it will accomplish all God sent it forth to do! I pray for the little seeds that were sown in my kids too, & that the Lord will multiply them & cause them to spring to Life for His glory. In His time & His way  🙂

  12. 3. Read Isaiah 45:1-7

     

    A. Whom does Isaiah name in verse 1, and what do you learn about him?

     

    He names a man called Cyrus, who will be anointed by God to subdue nations and to strip kings of their armor. It’s an interesting picture of God taking hold of Cyrus’ right hand and accomplishing these things; doors will be opened before him. It sounds like victories being won as God uses Cyrus as His instrument.

     

    B. What other interesting thing do you learn about Cyrus in verses 4-5?

     

    “Though you have not acknowledged me” – does this mean that God was not Cyrus’ God? Cyrus is not a believer in the One True God, yet God says that He will summon Cyrus by name and bestow on him a title of honor. God does all this for the sake of His chosen people.

     

    C. What thoughts do you have on God using those who do not know Him?

     

    He used those who did not know Him to punish His people, so He can use those who do not know Him to benefit His people. Even if a person doesn’t acknowledge God, He still knows everything about them.

     

    D. What is one of the purposes of prophesy according to verse 6?

     

    That men may know there is none besides the Lord (who can do these things and fulfill prophesies). There is only one true God.

     

    E. What else do you learn about our Lord from verse 7? What does this mean to you?

     

    God is the Creator of all things and it is He who brings prosperity and also disaster. I’m not sure what kind of disaster this particular verse is talking about; if its context is about how nations fell and were destroyed. We’ve talked about this before; I still do not believe that God “hands out” a brain tumor to this person, death in a car accident to that person…

    1. Susan, I know what you mean about not believing that “God hands out a brain tumor.. death in a car accident,” I believe that this came when sin entered our world…the consequences of the fall. There wasn’t any suffering or death in Eden before Adam and Eve’s disobedience.

  13. 3.A.  God names Cyrus, saying that He choose and anointed Cyrus to be a world ruler

    B.  God choose Cyrus for His purposes, even though Cyrus doesn’t acknowledge God.

    C.  God used a donkey with Balaam, and Jesus said even the rocks would cry out if people were silent. God can use whatever or whomever He chooses. When we know Him and He chooses to use us, it is a privilege and not our inheritance. I can’t go around puffed up at what God does through me. Rather, it is a wonder that He chooses to use one as unlikely as me. In that light, it makes a lot of sense to use a pagan King.

    D.  So many have claimed that this couldn’t really be prophecy, yet it so sets God apart as the Only God.

    E.  There is nothing we see or experience outside of God’s will. Either it is His perfect will or His permissive will. We can never say that something happened outside of God. Satan’s existence is due to God, and his continued work against God is still allowed. I don’t like it because I want justice now for the devil. But it is also comforting because it means God is sovereign even over evil.

     

    4.A.  Warnings… God is the only salvation, and only by turning to Him can we be saved. The girl I am mentoring struggles mightily with this, that any should be condemned. At this point, I leave it up to God’s word to show her as she is ready.

    B.  Unfulfilled prophecy… Every knee will bow before Him. Some unwillingly and too late, but it is literal.

  14. 3. Read Isaiah 45:1-7 
    A. Whom does Isaiah name in verse 1, and what do you learn about him? 
     

    Cyrus is named and he is going to subdue the nations. He is anointed by God.

     
    B. What other interesting thing do you learn about Cyrus in verses 4-5? 
     

    God chose him and he did not know God.

     
    C. What thoughts do you have on God using those who do not know Him? 
     

    I think it’s pretty cool, but I wonder if they actually know it’s happening?

     
    D. What is one of the purposes of prophesy according to verse 6? 
     

    For people to know God.

     
    E. What else do you learn about our Lord from verse 7? What does this mean to you?
     

    He creates light and darkness as well as well-being and calamity. God created everything, including Satan. He makes good out of evil.

  15. 3.Read Isaiah 45:1-7

    A.  Whom does Isaiah name in verse 1, and what do you learn about him?  Cyrus.  He is anointed by God, His right hand empowered by God, will paralyze mighty kings with fear and God will go before him.

    B.  What other interesting things do you learn about Cyrus in verses 4-5?  Called by God, called by name even when he didn’t know God, called for the sake of Jacob and equipped for battle by God though he didn’t even know Him.

    C.  What thoughts do you have on God using those who don’t know Him?  God has a sovereign plan and His will will be accomplished.  It just amazes me!!

    D.  What is one of the purposes of prophecy according to verse 6?  That the world from east to west will know there is no other God.  He is LORD and there is no other!

    E.  What else do you learn about our Lord from verse 7?  What does this mean to you?  He created the light and darkness.  He sends good times and bad times.  He, the LORD, is the one who does these things.  It’s a comfort to me to know that He is in control…especially in this present world!!

    4.  Read Isaiah 45:22-25

    A.  What warning do you see in verse 22?  Let all the world look to Him for salvation!

    B.  What prophecy that has not yet been fulfilled in verse 23?  How accurate do you think this will be?  Every knee will bend toward Him, and every tongue will declare allegiance to Him.  Very accurate…He sworn by His name, spoken the truth and never goes back on His word.

  16. 4. Read Isaiah 45:22-25. 
    A. What warning do you see in verse 22? 
     

    Turn to God and be saved.

     
    B. What prophesy that has not yet been fulfilled in in verse 23? How accurate do you think this will be?
     

    Not all have turned to Him; they will in the end. Not so sure everyone on earth will be saved. There are too many who just plain don’t care.

  17. 1. What stands out to you from the above and why?

    The picture of Steve–I don’t remember seeing it before. Love how pensive he is, thoughtful. Reminds me in that way of the one of him beside your tree at the cabin.

    2. Will you walk with us through His suffering this week? If so, why?

    I will be doing the study, but not online. I just feel the need for a little more “quiet”…actually I’d love a lot of quiet but that’s not reality these days, so this helps in a small way. I’ll be back next week though.

    Easter is the most important to me of all. I really wish we, as a Body, elevated it at least the way we do Christmas–redeeming it for all it signifies for us as Believers.

    And while it did upset Philip for a time, he is better now, and focused on “He arose!”. I think for him, it was truly the harshness of his background that made even the pictures in Jesus Storybook Bible, too real, too painful. And yet, I was honestly thankful for the tenderness of His heart and really believe the Lord has chosen him. Sorry–rabbit trailed a bit.

  18. 2. Will you walk with us through his suffering this week?  If so, why?
    Yes…it is the very least I can do for a Lord who did it all for me.  This sisterhood is such a blessing…it is a gift to share life and faith together…”iron sharpening iron.”

    3.A. whom does Isaiah name in v. 1, and what do you learn about him?
    Cyrus…the Lord will empower Cyrus, He will provide for and equip Cyrus in providing freedom to the captives.

    B.What other interesting thing do you learn about Cyrus in v. 4-5?
    Cyrus is not a believer, he doesn’t know the Lord, despite this, the Lord will use Cyrus mightily for the benefit of His people, Israel.

    C. What thoughts do you have on God using those who do not know Him?
    I think it wonderful, it gives me great hope for our world today…God is sovereign and all powerful, He can do whatever and use whoever He wishes to bring about His will.  Who knows what “Cyrus” He is using today…

    D. What is one of the purposes of prophesy according to v. 6?
    So all the world will know that there is one God and Lord of all.

    E. What else do you learn about our Lord from v. 7? 
    The Lord sends good and bad times.

    What does this mean to you?
    No one desires or likes bad times, but sometimes bad times are exactly what is needed to get us back on track, to awaken us to our apathy, to equip us for a future assignment, for growth, etc.  Bad times are hard, but we can always trust that our Lord is good and has our best interests at heart.

    4.A. What warning do you see in v. 22?
    Do not worship or bear allegiance to false gods.

    B. What prophesy has not yet been fulfilled in v. 23? 
    The second coming of Jesus.

    How accurate do you think this will be?
    I believe this will be very accurate.  Our Palm Sunday sermon touched on this…Jesus’s triumphant entry on Palm Sunday will occur on a global scale with Jesus’s second coming.  At His second coming globally all knees will bow and tongues confess that Jesus is Lord.

  19. Sunday:
    1.  What stands out to you from the above and why?
    I am like you, Dee about not wanting to think/see about the horrific death of Jesus on the cross. Many years ago, we watched the movie The Passion and I was a mess after the movie even with me closing my eyes many times when Jesus was whipped, and stripped and hung on the cross. And I know that the guy who played Jesus talked about having a dislocated shoulder after filming and suffered from exposure to the elements. I feel like I still can’t do it now. Isaiah 52 makes me cry but so many other things, too.  I do believe that the cross always brings me back to the magnitude of Jesus’ sacrifice and how undeserving I am of His grace. When life gets hard and people are being mean, I remember Jesus’ death-His sacrifice will be of naught if all there is is life here and dealing with mean people. I will always make the Cross count for the way I live my life and how to serve others.
    2.  Will you walk with us through His suffering this week? If so, why?
    Yes, I need to be reminded of my depravity and the great love of Jesus for me.

    1. Bing, I remember when that movie came out and our church would show clips from the movie and they made me cry. I still have never watched the movie and I don’t know if I ever can or will.

  20. 3. Read Isaiah 45:1-7 
    A. Whom does Isaiah name in verse 1, and what do you learn about him?
    Cyrus, the king to subdue the nations
    B. What other interesting thing do you learn about Cyrus in verses 4-5? 
    He was chosen by God to free the Israelites
    C. What thoughts do you have on God using those who do not know Him? 
    God can use anybody to bring about His purposes, even those who do not know Him.
    D. What is one of the purposes of prophesy according to verse 6?
    That people would know that there is no other God beside our God.
    E. What else do you learn about our Lord from verse 7? What does this mean to you?
    Light and darkness, prosperity and disaster can be brought about by the Lord
    This means He is sovereign and can use anything to bring about His will
    This mean I can trust God anytime even if I do not understand.
    4. Read Isaiah 45:22-25. 
    A. What warning do you see in verse 22?
    To turn to God and be saved
    B. What prophesy that has not yet been fulfilled in verse 23? How accurate do you think this will be?
    Before me every knee will bow;     by me every tongue will swear.
    Jesus will come again and He will be acknowledge by all.   

  21. 5. Read the above and answer:
    A. What lay ahead for Christ and how was this fulfilled? (Matthew 27:27-31)
    He was to be flogged,  mocked and crucified. He was going to suffer horrendously.
    B. What was Christ’s attitude concerning what He knew lay ahead?
    While  He was fully aware of the gravity of what was ahead and in the Garden lamented to God, but he was resolute to endure it, to move forward knowing what was going to happen-setting His face like flint.
    C. What helped Him to set His face like flint? (And what is flint?)
    God will help Him and He knows He will not reap shame.  So glad Dee had us look up flint! so I looked it up and found that it is one of the hardest rocks made that can strike fire. This helped me see how firm Jesus’ resolution was to walk through all of this so He could have us. His trusting God wasn’t weak while walking through this horrific trial rather it was immovable regardless of how hard it became.

     

    1. My mind is fixed on His solid, immovable trust in God-that God is with Him helping Him, and that His suffering will not bring Him shame rather it will reap beauty and glory.  His love for me that He would suffer and die for me to make me His.

      Another take away from this question is that my suffering is nothing-and never will be anything compared to His. He knows that, yet He tells me to take up my cross daily, and that He came to serve not to be served and to give up his life  as a ransom to many..so what I am taking away this morning is to be resolute and immovable trusting that He will help me turn from my sin today, that He will help me walk through any suffering that may occur and that as I set my face like flint on Him my hope lies in that I will not reap shame, rather the opposite!! I will become more like Him.

  22. 5. Read the above and answer: 
    A. What lay ahead for Christ and how was this fulfilled? (Matthew 27:27-31)
     

    Christ would be stripped, mocked, and beaten by the soldiers.

     
    B. What was Christ’s attitude concerning what He knew lay ahead? 
     

    He was set on it; He was resigned.

     
    C. What helped Him to set His face like flint? (And what is flint?)
     

    He knew God was there. He knew it has to be done for all to be saved. Flint is a very hard quartz called chert. Native Americans would make instruments out of it (arrow heads) because of its ability to cut.

     
    6. Isaiah 52:13-15 
        A. What did God the Father know about His Servant Son according to verse 13? 
     

    He would be lifted high and be exalted.

     
        B. What was so shocking about Christ upon the cross according to verse 14? 
     

    He was so disfigured, He barely looked human.

     
        C. Why do you think this will cause Kings to shut their mouths?
     

    I think they were so shocked they couldn’t speak. Especially if they knew the OT scripture (which I think they did), they would realize that what was predicted back then was coming to fruition in their time.

     

    My confusion in you question though is that you use the word “will,” as if it will come to pass again. What do you mean “…will cause kings to…” it’s not going to happen again because it already happened, right?

  23. 4. Read Isaiah 45:22-25

     

    A. What warning do you see in verse 22?

     

    All people are warned to turn to God and be saved because there is no other (who can save them). There is literally no other “god” to go to.

     

    B. What prophesy that has not yet been fulfilled is in verse 23? How accurate do you think this will be?

     

    The prophesy is that every knee will bow before the Lord, and I take “by Me every tongue will swear” to mean that every person will, at that time, whether they believed in Him or not, have to acknowledge or admit that He is Lord. I think it is 100% accurate because no one will escape having to stand before Him one day. Some will be happy to be there and others not so much.

  24. 5. Read the above and answer:

     

    A. What lay ahead for Christ and how was this fulfilled? (Matthew 27:27-31)

     

    I am reading Max Lucado’s book, “He Chose The Nails”, and the chapter yesterday was on this very scene. Lucado describes how the only order the soldiers were given was to kill Jesus, but first, these strong, well-rested soldiers decided to have some fun, to beat up on a half-dead man who had just been given 39 lashes. Isaiah 50 and the passage in Matthew parallel each other as Jesus was beaten, struck in the face, and spat on. Lucado writes that spitting can’t hurt the body, but is done to humiliate and degrade someone. The face of Jesus was dripping with the saliva of these mocking soldiers, and it wasn’t wiped off.

     

    B. What was Christ’s attitude concerning what He knew lay ahead?

     

    It says that Jesus “offered” His back to the beating, and “did not hide” His face from mocking and spitting. He willingly took a defense-less stance. It is striking me that He “offered” His back to take the beating that I deserve. What do I do when I sin, feel guilty, and am ashamed? I want to hide it from others and even hide from God. Here, Jesus does not hide, though He is going to bear the guilt and shame of everyone’s sin.

     

    C. What helped Him to set His face like flint? (And what is flint?)

     

    Knowing that the Sovereign God, His Father, would help Him, that He ultimately would not stand before His Father in disgrace nor be put to shame, helped Him to set His face like flint. I need to research flint; I am thinking it is a very strong kind of rock or stone? I bet Laura-dancer knows the answer.

      1. Dee, I am re-reading Idol Lies, and the chapter on the “fat girls camp”, and how you talk about when we see that our parents are not perfect, it is because they, like we, have idols. And, they also have things in their past/childhood that have wounded them. I remember you telling us here that your mom was so beautiful that other women were often jealous of her, and she would come home from a social gathering hurt, and go to the piano and play hymns. We are able to see our parents through different eyes when we ourselves are adults, aren’t we? When I was  a teenager, I didn’t believe my dad loved me because he was never home; he was a workaholic. As an adult, he told me of the physical abuse he suffered from his dad; his parents divorced, and his dad even tried to kill him and his mom. His dad never loved him. I began to understand how my dad, through his successful career, built his significance and worth on being a good provider and very good at his job. There was a man he worked for that, my dad told me, treated him “like a son”.

        1. Susan, your story of your Dad resonates with me. Our parents do have their own idols-that reality helps me be forgiving as I struggle with idols myself. Praise God for this awareness and also for His ever present help.

  25. 5.A.  Jesus was flogged and did not try to shield Himself from the blows to His face or the spitting. I can’t find where they tore at His beard, but I believe that they did.

    B.  Christ had ‘faced’ all this in the garden, and now He could face it as it happened.

    C.  What helped Him set His face like flint? That stoicism was a combination of what He had gone thru in the garden, ‘the joy set before Him’ Heb 12:2, and obedience to the Father Phil 2:8.

     

    6.A.  What did the Father know about His Servant Son? That by His suffering, He would end up held up by men and highly exalted.

    B.  His appearance was so disfigured He didn’t even look human.

    C.  What can kings, or indeed any of us, say to such suffering? It was all for us and we find no words.

  26. 5.  Read the above and answer:

    A.  What lay ahead for Christ and how was this fulfilled?  He was flogged, beard was plucked out and spit upon.  In Matthew 27:26 it says He was flogged with a lead-tipped whip and in verse 30 they spat on Him.

    B.  What was Christ’s attitude concerning what He knew lay ahead?  He wouldn’t be disgraced and would set His face like flint.

    C.  What helped Him to set His face like flint! (and what is flint?). He knew the Sovereign Yahew would help Him and He would not reap shame – He was doing the will of God.  Flint is a known stone, a variety of quartz.  It is extremely hard, and strikes fire.  It was very abundant in and about Palestine. (Smith’s Bible Dictionary)

    6.  Isaiah 52:13-15

    A.  What did God the Father know about His Servant Son according to verse 13?  He will prosper and be highly exalted.

    B.  What was so shocking about Christ upon the cross according to verse 14?  His face was so disfigured He seemed hardly human, and from His appearance, one would scarcely know He was a man.

    C.  Why do you think this will cause Kings to shut their mouths?  “This has its ultimate fulfillment in the return of Christ and the shock of the nations back to the period of the preaching of the gospel where we are telling people what they’ve never before seen, what they’ve never before understood about the glory of Christ.”  ~ John MacArthur

    1. Sharon, thanks for sharing the John MacArthur qoute.

  27. 5.A. What lay ahead for Christ…
    flogging, brutality, mockery, public shame, disrespect

    and how was this fulfilled?
    Jesus suffered the brutality of a Roman flogging, a crown of thorns put on His head, He was ridiculed, mocked, spit at, physically taunted and beaten, and after all of this suffering, He was forced to carry His crucifixion cross for all to witness.

    B. What was Christ’s attitude concerning what He knew lay ahead?
    He certainly wasn’t looking forward to the suffering He would endure, but remained quiet and obedient to God’s will.

    C. What helped Him to set His face like flint?
    Jesus knew that this was the Father’s will, what was needed/required to reconcile the people to their Holy God.  He knew that He was the only one who could accomplish reconciliation; in the end He would conquer sin and death.

    6.A. What did God the Father know about his Servant Son?
    The servant son would prosper and be highly exalted.

    B. What was so shocking about Christ upon the cross according to v. 14?
    Jesus was unrecognizable, disfigured by the physical assaults.  Could the disfiguring also be from Him taking upon Himself the sin of the world?

    C. Why do you think this will cause Kings to shut their mouths?
    Jesus’s sacrifice was payment for the sins of this world, each and every person’s sins.  We are all sinners, including those the world consider royalty, in need of Jesus’s reconciling gift of grace.

  28. Tues; 5) A. What lay ahead for Christ was flogging, ridicule; betrayal; humiliation; being despised & a painful death…the worst!

    B. Christ’s attitude was one of complete surrender & trust in His Father; He was determined to see it thro to the end.

    C. Flint is  a hard stone that can ignite sparks when friction applied….like a match to a matchbox? Jesus set His face like flint, firm & unrelenting to do the Father’s will all the way. His trust was in “The Sovereign Yahweh”.

    6). A. God knew that His Servant Son would deal wisely & prosper; that He would be exalted.

    B) Jesus’ appearance was marred more than any man  🙁

    C). People will see & understand Who He was, & they will be speechless in response…no words!

  29. 7.  Read Isaiah 53:2-9

    A.  What do you learn about Jesus in verses 2-3?  He grew up before God as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground.  He had no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, not appearance that we should be attracted to Him.  He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; like one whom men hide their face He was despised and not esteemed.

    B.  Why was He crucified according to verse 4-6?  To bear our griefs and carry our sorrows.  Pierced through for our transgressions (Motyer uses rebellion for transgressions = willful, deliberate disobedience).  Crushed for our iniquities (iniquity = “to be bent. The ‘warp’ in the fallen human nature.”  Motyer).  The punishment required for our well-being fell upon Him.  By His wounds we are healed.  The Lord caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him because like sheep we’ve gone astray, each turned to his own way.

    C.  Describe how Jesus went to the cross according to verse 7?  Why do you think?  Oppressed and afflicted, yet He didn’t open His mouth.  Like a lamb led to slaughter, a sheep that is silent before its shearers, He didn’t open His mouth.  Jesus was being meek.  Meekness isn’t weakness but God’s power under control.  He wanted to bring glory to God!

     

  30. 7.A. What do you learn about Jesus in v. 2-3?
    v.2, Jesus wouldn’t be physically attractive, not a “head turner.”
    v. 3, Jesus would be despised and rejected, He would know sorrow, pain, and grief, people would not recognize or appreciate Him for who He was.

    B. Why was He crucified according to v. 4-6?
    Jesus was crucified for the sins, injustices, and wrongdoing of this world, our transgressions; His crucifixion and death paid our sin debt.

    C. Describe how Jesus went to the cross according to v. 7.
    Jesus was quiet and obedient

    Why do you think?
    Jesus was aware that this was the Father’s will, what was needed for freedom from sin and death, for reconciliation of the people with God…He was obedient to the Father’s plan.

  31. Wed : 7).  A…. Jesus was despised & rejected, forsaken, a man of sorrows & acquainted with grief. He had no beauty (physically) that we should desire Him.

    B. So we could be healed & restored to God;  The Lord laid all our sin, sickness, sorrow & pain on Him, cause we were all like sheep who had gone astray.

    C. Jesus went to the cross silently & submissive like a lamb. He knew He was doing the Father’s will & He yielded in trust. Amazing!

    D. Jesus was crucified, oppressed, bore our guilt, He was judged & did not resist. He was buried in a rich man’s grave.

     

    1. Praying along with you, Dee, for us all.

    2. Yes, praying this for all of us, Dee. “May we walk through the day with Christ before us, Christ to our left, Christ to our right, Christ behind us, Christ in us.”

      I have seen my idol of approval welled inside of me and Jesus example of “setting his face like a flint” encouraged me to not give in. It was definitely a struggle that I can only counter with Jesus’ help and the truth of His Word.

    3. Thank you so much for your prayers …much needed and am praying as well!

    4. I sure wish I had seen this earlier today. I really needed to read these words and know Christ was with me.

    5. Amen.

    6. 8.  Read Isaiah 53:10-12

      A.  Surely this was suffering for God our Father as well, and yet, it was His will.  Why, according to this passage?  So that many would come to Him through His Son and be counted righteous.

      B.  Meditate on verse 11.  “Arising from the toil of His soul He will see and be satisfied.”  What thoughts do you have on this?  Amazing love!❤️ For all the suffering and agony our Jesus endured by the hand of man, He didn’t have any regrets…He was satisfied with the results!

  32. 6. Isaiah 52:13-15

     

    A. What did God the Father know about His Servant Son according to verse 13?

     

    God knew that His son would act wisely when He would come to earth and live as a man. He knew that His Son would be “lifted up” – crucified on a Cross; yet through His death, He would be highly exalted.

     

    B. What was so shocking about Christ upon the cross according to verse 14?

     

    His physical body, His appearance, was so marred and disfigured that He didn’t even look human. He must have been unrecognizable.

     

    C. Why do you think this will cause Kings to shut their mouths?

     

    I guess a king has the mindset of bringing peace to his country, or he may come into power by birthright or force, and his subjects owe him their allegiance, and enemies are usually killed. A king may fancy himself to be a sort of “god”. When it says that kings will shut their mouths, does it mean that when they understand who Jesus is and what He has done, they realize that they are really not so all-powerful, not really in control, not really the ultimate rulers? There is One higher than them.

     

    7. Read Isaiah 53:2-9

     

    A. What do you learn about Jesus in verses 2-3?

     

    His earthly life began like a “root growing out of dry ground, like a tender shoot” He grew up before the Lord. There wasn’t anything special about His appearance; He must’ve been an ordinary looking man. I don’t think this necessarily means that Jesus was ugly or homely, just that nothing made Him stand out in a crowd. Men despised and rejected Him, and He was no stranger to sorrow and suffering. He was not respected by many.

     

    B. Why was He crucified according to verses 4-6?

     

    Jesus was crucified for our sins and iniquities; He bore the punishment that we should have borne, in order that we might have peace with God. I noticed in these verses that Isaiah is explaining the difference between two “schools of thought” – we considered Jesus stricken by God, smitten and afflicted by God – some thought that Jesus was getting punished by God for going around claiming to be God and then getting what He deserved, but Isaiah emphasized beginning in verse 5, but He was pierced for our transgressions. Jesus was not some unfortunate man who fell into the hands of an angry God; this all happened because of us.

     

    C. Describe how Jesus went to the Cross according to verse 7. Why, do you think?

     

    Jesus never resisted, never fought back, never said a word in His own defense. He was led to His death “like a lamb to the slaughter”. I picture a lamb would go trustingly with its owner, not knowing that it was about to be killed. I think Jesus was able to do this because He trusted His Father’s plan.

     

    8. Read Isaiah 53:10-12

     

    A. Surely this was suffering for God our Father as well, and yet, it was His will. Why, according to this passage?

     

    Because the end goal was that “My righteous servant will justify many, and He will bear their iniquities.” This was God’s final solution for the problem of our sin.

     

    B. Meditate on verse 11 (Motyer translation) “Arising from the toil of His soul he will see and be satisfied.” What thoughts do you have on this?

     

    Arising – makes me think of the resurrection. From the toil of His soul – what Jesus went through would have killed us, for good. “Toil and suffering” are our words to try to describe what He went through, though I think all our words are inadequate. The truth is, I can’t even begin to understand what it felt like for Him, physically and spiritually. He will see – He really came back with a real body with eyes that can see – He saw His friends again, and this “seeing” is also knowing that He accomplished the salvation of all who would believe. Jesus is satisfied. When you finish a task and you are satisfied, there’s nothing left to be done.

  33. 9. Share your thoughts on the above.

     

    Wow, that was a lot to take in. One thing that stands out to me is that God’s love came first. The Cross didn’t happen because Jesus was trying to appease God the Father so that He would love us. I remember a Keller sermon in which he gave the example that if Jesus came into the courtroom before the Father, He wouldn’t try to make a defense for us, or argue our case. Instead, He would say something like ‘Yes, look what they’ve done! They are guilty! Now, punish Me.’ Jesus died for us while we were yet sinners, while we were yet His enemies. So the Cross didn’t change God’s mind to love us because He already had His mind made up about us, that He did love us.

  34. A.  What do you learn about Jesus in verses 2-3?
    The most gentle of all men; ordinary looking, despised and rejected, not esteemed
    B.  Why was he crucified according to verses 4-6?
    He was pierced for our transgressions; by his wounds we are healed and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
    A.  Describe how Jesus went to the cross according to verse 7. Why, do you think?
    He did not open His mouth. He is submitting to God’s will. WILLINGLY!
    A.  List all the prophecies you see in this passage that were fulfilled.
    Despised and rejected
    Pierced for our transgressions
    Led like a lamb to its slaughter
    Assigned to the grave with the wicked (the 2 thieves)
    Buried with the rich
     

  35. What was that joy for Jesus? Us!
    8. Read Isaiah 53:10-12
    A. Surely this was suffering for God our Father as well, and yet, it was His will. Why,
    according to this passage?
    To make His life an offering
    To see His offspring (us!)
    To justify many
    B. Meditate on verse 11 (Motyer translation) “Arising from the toil of his soul he will see and be satisfied.” What thoughts do you have on this?
    Toil means to labor, travail, to exert strength with pain and fatigue of body or mind, particularly of the body, with efforts of some continuance or duration. Labor with pain and fatigue; labor that oppresses the body or mind
    https://av1611.com/kjbp/kjv-dictionary/toil.html
    Some of my best works have been the result of my “toil” and hard work. It has brought me satisfaction and at times, tears of joy and gratitude. . But It is not in any way comparable to the work of Jesus to bring justification for me, for us.
     
     During these times, I feel an “arising” within my soul and my hands follow as I raise them in praise to the God who makes all things possible. How much more would our Jesus’ soul arise as He sees His “offsprings” and be satisfied the most reason of which is He has pleased the Father? Oh that I may do the same-I have an audience of ONE!
     

  36. Loved the thought that God sent Jesus to the cross because He FIRST loved us. The cross has a new meaning to me after reading that. It is a symbol, a reminder of the greatness of God’s love for me. Even without the cross God would still love me. I can’t imagine that. I always thought it was because of the cross that He loved me.

    God’s amazing, outrageous love lead Jesus to the cross so He could spend eternity with me. Without the cross my sinfulness would keep me from entering into his presence, with the cross the doors are wide open!

  37. D. List all the prophecies you see in this passage that were fulfilled.

     

    He was a common human. He was hated, rejected, despised. He knew grief. He was pierced in the side. The Word says because He took it on, we are healed. How do we know that has happened? Won’t we need to wait until we get to heaven to actually know this is true? I don’t feel healed. Right now in my life I feel pretty broken. We definitely have gone astray. He was led to the slaughter; He took it all without saying anything.  His grave was with criminals though he committed no crimes, and He lay in the tomb of a wealthy man.

     

  38. 8. Read Isaiah 53:10-12 
    A. Surely this was suffering for God our Father as well, and yet, it was His will. Why, according to this passage? 
     

    God wanted to insure His offspring would flourish. We would be left here to prolong His Word. He wanted us to be in heaven with Him and the only way was for us to be saved; Jesus took our sin so we could be with God.

     
    B. Meditate on verse 11 (Motyer translation) “Arising from the toil of his soul he will see and be satisfied.” What thoughts do you have on this? 
     

    To toil is to work very hard; to slave. So, His soul toiled with our sin? He looked up to see that we were free and it made Him pleased?

     

  39. With you in the background.  This week’s study is (very literally) taking my breath away.  Amazing love…. what pain, betrayal He experienced.  He UNDERSTANDS pain & betrayal.

    1. Breathe, just breathe
      Come and rest at my feet
      And be, just be
      Chaos calls but all you really need
      Is to just breathe

      (Breath, Johnny Diaz)

      I couldn’t resist, Renee…:D

  40. 8.A. Surely this was suffering for God our Father as well, and yet, it was His will?
    The Lord is righteous and just, sin had to be addressed or there could be no reconciliation.  The Father also suffered separation from Jesus and observed the brutality, suffering and death Jesus endured.  The sin debt was paid, death and sin conquered…Jesus accomplished redemption.

    B. What thoughts do you have on this?
    Jesus would see the “fruit” of His sacrifice and it would bring Him satisfaction.

    9. Share your thoughts on the above.
    “mind boggling” love indeed!  I’m understanding deYoung to say that it was a triune God redemptive plan, not only the Father’s plan, but Jesus’s too.  Question…why did Jesus say in the garden, “Your will be done, not mine” (Matthew 26:39b, 42b)?  I’ve always thought that it was the Father’s redemptive plan and Jesus was being obedient to the Father’s will.

    “Grace is love that has paid a price.”
    ~Warren Wiersby

    1. I like the quote by Warren Wiersby.

      I was thinking on your question in regards to what Jesus prayed in the garden and I was wondering if that was the “human” part of Him?    I don’t know…just a thought.?

      1. I think you are correct, Sharon.  Thanks.

  41. 1. What stood out to me?

    “It is also true that beholding this love has a power to transform us like nothing else.”

    I need to be a silent blogger this week, but am doing the study in my quiet time. Thank you, Dee, for the study and for your prayer.

    I loved your comments, Sharon, on Jesus’ meekness, “God’s power under control. He wanted to bring glory to God.”

    There is so much in these scriptures to ponder. Thanks be to God who loved us, for Jesus’ suffering and example to us. In all things God is sovereign and it reminds me of my constant need to grow in trust through all circumstances and to pray to decrease in my selfishness and to increase in my awe of my Lord and Savior.

  42. Dee and all, I was asking myself, “why wait till it is Good Friday on the calendar?” I don’t want to sound facetious/flippant here.  Perhaps when it is a Friday, I can really say TGIGF, Thank God It’s GOOD Friday and mean it! What would it be like to think of Jesus especially on Fridays when many including myself are scurrying to shop (maybe me), to have a drink (not me-smile), or do something other than think of Jesus because the work week is over? It will be a discipline for an almost workaholic, intense and I have a tendency to perfection person like me to FOCUS on the personhood of Jesus when responsibilities are calling out my name. May the Lord help me especially today to “gaze” at the Lover of my soul.

  43. I had posted on Facebook wondering if anyone was having trouble accessing the blog. I’ve always used Safari, but starting Tues night I just got a blank page. Now I am using chrome. Am so glad to be able to read everyone’s responses!

     

    8.B.  When you know you are going to go through something, there are three stages. First is the anticipation or the jitters. Christ went through this in the garden, fully realizing all that would happen to Him. Next is the actual event, which in some ways is easier than the anticipation. For Jesus it was the actual cross, separation from God, and death. Last is the looking back at it. When our Lord looks back at it, He says He is ‘satisfied’ that He did it. He is fulfilled at what He accomplished.

    this is hard for me to comprehend. I can say the words, but to think that He is happy for what He went through, for the results, that He thinks I am worth it, that is hard indeed.

  44. Happy Easter, everyone. It’s Saturday but “Sunday’s coming”. Just a quick drop in here before I get busy. My big family dinner is happening today.

    I just wanted to post an answer to a question that I have been thinking about now for several days.

    C. Describe how Jesus went to the cross according to verse 7. Why, do you think?

    He did not open his mouth; he was silent. Why did he not argue his case before Pilate? I’m not sure. Paul defended himself before various judges, using the opportunity to share about Christianity. As Jesus was the spotless Lamb of God, he was innocent; yet, because he was carrying all our sins, he was guilty.

    The best reason I can think of is stated by Scott Saul. “Pilate pleaded with Jesus to defend himself so that Pilate could release him. But Jesus remained silent because he had no intention of abandoning his suffering road to Golgotha.” http://scottsauls.com/blog/2017/04/17/confessions/

    Jesus’ purpose in coming to earth was to die. So he let it happen without fighting. 1 Peter 2:23 states “When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.”

     

    1. Diane, Thanks for sharing the thought from Scott Saul. “…he had no intention of abandoning his suffering road to Golgotha.” That gives so much light to my acceptance of the suffering I have experienced and will experience. “for the joy set before Him”. For the joy set before me. If Jesus’ suffering brought the glory of God and He willingly suffered for it, then, may it be true of me and trust my being to the One who is my shield and my stay.

       

  45. Thoughts on Eric Alexander’s sermon:

    1. Do not miss it and make sure you have tissues on hand.

    2. This…so awesome I have no words for it:

    What caused His horrific disfigurement
    a.   a.   human reaction-ghastly retribution by God we considered him stricken by God
    b.   B. .our infirmity, our rebellion, v.4 surely he took up our infirmities v. 5 he was pierced …. He was the substitute
    we are gazing at ourselves and what sin has done to us when we looked at the marred figure of Christ
    c.  C.   sheer marring of the very image of God in His manhood v. 6 We all are like sheep… and the Lord laid upon Him the iniquity of us all.
     Not the Jews, for envy; not Judas, for the silver; but God, for love. Octavius Winslow 
    His prayers touched me so much:

    Our blessed Lord, We have no mind to fathom the mystery of your redeeming grace. Our lives are too narrow and small to contain even a fraction of the wonder of your love. We come to you to pray that you will sanctify your holy work to us. Grant that it might draw out from within us such love and gratitude and worship to you. That we shall find through endless days of all eternity that we have no language sufficient to praise the name of our Redeemer.  Bless us and go with us…and assure us that such love as this has justified and saved us eternally. For the glory of your great name we ask it, Amen.

    1. Oh, Bing, thank you! Your notes on the sermon have changed Easter for me forever…..when we gaze at the marred figure of Christ, we see what we are, what sin has done to us…

  46. Happy & blessed Easter to all you dear sisters! I haven’t had a chance to listen to Eric Alexander, but I’m hoping to tomorrow afternoon. I will be singing with our worship choir tomorrow morning & will sing my heart out to Praise the Lord ! Last night I went to a very moving Good Fri service…we each painted a door frame with a hyssop branch dipped in water (instead of blood), then walked thro it & took communion. It was very powerful & moved me to tears thinking of all Jesus did to purchase my freedom & cleansing. Now we are in right relationship with God our Father & He LOVES us always & is with us!

  47. I found the sermon difficult to follow, however I was left with at least one question. He emphasized over and over how Jesus was the suffering servant; God’s suffering servant. If God came to earth as flesh (Jesus), then how can Jesus be His suffering servant (since they together are God)? I have always struggled with the idea of the Trinity; three in One….how does that actually work? I believe it, but I don’t understand it completely. I was also struck with the idea of the disfigurement of Jesus (being unrecognizable) as being our sin placed on Him. That’s an image I won’t forget! Thank You Jesus  🙁  am I really worth that?