“The Golden Passional of the Old Testament” A Study of Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Part 2 -- By: Merwin A. Stone

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 091:363 (Jul 1934)
Article: “The Golden Passional of the Old Testament” A Study of Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Part 2
Author: Merwin A. Stone


“The Golden Passional of the Old Testament”
A Study of Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Part 2

Merwin A. Stone

(Concluded from April number)

Strophe IV-Isaiah 53:7-9
The Sacrificial Act of the Servant

“Premature sickness and the miscarriage of justice,-these to Orientals are the two outstanding misfortunes of the individual’s life.” It is reflected in the Psalms. Here, in the Prophet where he is describing “an Ideal or Representative Sufferer,” he fills in the picture with both of these things. He has been describing His sickness,-now he turns from a sick man to a convict, then, in verse 10, from a convict to a sick man. Strophe III confesses that it was for the people’s sins the Servant suffered. Strophe IV declares that He Himself is sinless, yet he silently submits to all which injustice laid upon Him. In other words, the Method of His Atoning Sacrifice and Suffering is disclosed in this strophe. In taking a survey of verses 7 to 9 -His Sacrificial Act-there is:

1. The voluntary character of His sacrifice, verse 7 and a part of verse 8. He was “oppressed,” that is, payment of a debt was sternly exacted of Him (Deut 15:2, 3). It was “the exaction of the full penalty of our sins in His sufferings.” He was “afflicted. He was humbled, or bore Himself patiently. Twice it is recorded that He “opened not His mouth” (Jer 11:19; Ps 38:13, 14; 39:9; Matt 26:63; 27:12–14; 1 Pet 2:23). He was “led.” There is a marked yieldedness of Himself. It reminds us of Jesus’ words in John 10:18, “I lay it down of myself,” etc.

We next observe how the Servant’s passion was

fulfilled, verses 8 and 9. “The Servant’s death was not compassed by any miraculous stroke of fate, but was the result of the operation of mischievous human laws, and came about by a forced and tyrannous judicial process” (Selbie). It seemed that there was no touch of d...

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