The Golden Passional of the Old Testament A Study of Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Part 1 -- By: Merwin A. Stone

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 091:362 (Apr 1934)
Article: The Golden Passional of the Old Testament A Study of Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Part 1
Author: Merwin A. Stone

The Golden Passional of the Old Testament
A Study of Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Part 1

Merwin A. Stone


The writer recently gave a series of addresses on the Fifty-third Chapter of Isaiah in the Chapel of the Evangelical Theological College, and was urged to publish these in Bibliotheca Sacra. He has reluctantly consented to do so. He makes no claim to originality in this study unless it be found in the outline and divisions he has presented. And this article is not an attempt at a critical examination of the original text; it is only a simple interpretation of this important Scripture.1

I had a friend-a cattle ranchman in Colorado-who had such a gift of sight and keen observation, that in the clear air of the high altitudes he could distinguish between a cow and a horse at a distance of three miles. But God has given more wonderful vision to some of His saints. Moses not only viewed the landscape o’er “from Nebo’s lonely mountain” but was given a retrospect of all history before him and even of the creation itself. Abraham saw Christ’s Day and was glad. Jacob looked into Heaven and saw God. David was permitted to peer deeply into the things of God.

Paul was lifted into Heaven and saw things which were impossible to describe. John was allowed to reveal the vista of the future centuries and the glories of the ages to come. But to Isaiah it was given to see deeper into the mysteries of Calvary than to any other of God’s seers.

Shall we climb up to this “Inspiration Point” and contemplate “the Glory and Sublimity of the Servant of Jehovah” as set forth in Isaiah 52:13 to 53:12. The fifty-third chapter of Isaiah in reality begins with the 13th verse of chapter 52.


1. The Setting of this Scripture.

The fifty-third chapter is in the center of the third division of this book (chapters 40 to 66) which sets forth: “The total salvation to come, beginning with the redemption from Babylonian exile and concluding with the creation of a New Heaven and a New Earth.” The purpose of these chapters (40–66) is: (1) The correction of Israel’s idolatry; (2) the comfort of Israel, foreseen to be in exile; and (3) a comprehensive view of God’s redemptive purpose,-commenced in the deliverance ...

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