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The Silent Servant

The Silent ServantIsaiah 53:7-9 Excerpt ‎A servant is not permitted to talk back; he or she must submit to the will of the master or mistress. Jesus Christ was  silent before those who accused Him as well as those who afflicted Him. He was silent before Caiaphas (Matt. 26:62–63), the chief priests and elders (27:12), Pilate (27:14; John 19:9) and Herod Antipas (Luke 23:9). He did not speak when the soldiers mocked Him and beat Him (1 Peter 2:21–23). This is what impressed the Ethiopian treasurer as he read this passage in Isaiah (Acts 8:26–40).
‎Isaiah 53:7 speaks of His silence under suffering and verse 8 of His silence when illegally tried and condemned to death. In today’s courts, a person can be found guilty of terrible crimes; but if it can be proved that something in the trial was illegal, the case must be tried again. Everything about His trials was illegal, yet Jesus did not appeal for another trial. “The cup which My Father hath given Me, shall I not drink it?” (John 18:11)


Sanctification Excerpt ‎The key thought here is sanctification, that is, the disciples’ relationship to the world. Jesus said, “I have given them Your word” (v. 14, NKJV), and in v. 17He states that we are sanctified—set apart for God—through the Word.
Sanctification does not mean sinless perfection, otherwise Christ could never say, “I sanctify Myself” (v. 19). A sanctified Christianis someone who is daily growing in the Word and as a result is separated more and more from the world unto the Father. 
Wiersbe, Warren W. Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the New Testament. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1992. Print.


SprinkleIsaiah 52:15 Excerpt ‎“Sprinkle” is associated with cleansing by the priest under the Mosaic Law (Lev. 4:6; 8:11; 14:7). This Servant, whom many have not considered important at all, will actually provide the most important thing for nations and their kings, namely, cleansing from sin (cf. John 1:29; Heb. 10:14).
Martin, John A. “Isaiah.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 1107. Print.

It Was the Lord's Will ...

It Was the Lord's Will ...Isaiah 53:10 Excerpt ‎The suffering and death of the Servant was clearly the Lord’s will. In that sense He was“slain from the Creation of the world” (Rev. 13:8). The statement, the Lord made the Servant’s life a  guilt offering, does not mean that Jesus’ life satisfied the wrath of God but that His life which culminated in His death was the sacrifice for sins. As indicated in Isaiah 53:7-8He had to die to satisfy the righteous demands of God. The word for “guilt offering” is ’āšām, used in Leviticus 5:15; 6:5; 19:21 and elsewhere of an offering to atone for sin.
‎His death and burial appeared to end His existence (He was “cut off, ”Isa. 53:8), but in actuality because of His resurrection Jesus will see His offspring (those who by believing in Him become children of God, John 1:12) and He will prolong His days (live on forever as the Son of God). He will be blessed (prosper; cf. Isa. 53:12a) because of His obedience to the will (plan) of the Lord.

Isaiah's Vision

Isaiah's VisionIsaiah 6:1 Excerpt ‎Three things struck Isaiah about God: He was seated on a throne, He washigh and exalted, and the train of His robe filled the temple . In the most holy place of the temple in Jerusalem, God’s glory was evident between the cherubim on the atonement cover over the ark of the covenant. Therefore some Israelites may have erroneously thought that God was fairly small. However, Solomon, in his dedicatory prayer for the new temple, had stated that no temple could contain God and that in fact even the heavens could not contain Him (1 Kings 8:27). Therefore Isaiah did not see God on the ark of the covenant, but on a throne. 
Almost 150 years later Ezekiel had a similar experience. He envisioned God being borne along on a great chariot throne by living creatures called cherubim (Ezek. 1). To Isaiah, the throne emphasized that the Lord is indeed the true King of Israel.
‎God’s being “high and exalted” symbolized His position before the nation. The people w…

Christ Died for the Guilty Sinner

Christ Died for the Guilty SinnerIsaiah 53:1 Excerpt ‎Isaiah 53 describes the life and ministry of Jesus Christ (vv. 1–4), His death (vv. 5–8) and burial (v. 9), and His resurrection and exaltation (vv. 10–12). The theme that ties the chapter together is that the innocent Servant died in the place of the guilty. When theologians speak about “the vicarious atonement,” that is what they mean. We cannot explain everything  about the cross, but this much seems clear: Jesus took the place of guilty sinners and paid the price for their salvation.
Wiersbe, Warren W. Be Comforted. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996. Print. “Be” Commentary Series.

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day Yahweh is an everlasting God; He is always with you no matter the circumstance of yours. He is only a prayer away. - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

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Isaiah 26:4King James Version

Trust ye in the Lordfor ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:

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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

October 6: We Want Out
Ezekiel 14:1–15:8; Revelation 5:1–14; Job 33:29–33

We’ve all had those moments when we just want out, when the chaos of life seems overwhelming. We want an end to the struggle with sin. We want relief from the things that are part of living in a broken world. We know Christ reigns, but we want what is “after these things” (Rev 4:1) right now.

Living in the midst of persecution, the early believers must have experienced these emotions daily. In his revelation, John himself expresses the need for hope in chaos. When he sees a scroll in the hand of “the one who is seated on the throne” (Rev 4:11)—the Father—the apostle weeps because no one has been found worthy to open it. The scroll contains the things that will happen—the judgments that will remove evil and sin and set things right. Without someone worthy enough to open the scrolls, the chaos in the world will continue forever.
But then theLamb appears. In John’s revelation the 24 elders worship the Lamb for His w…