Isaiah 53:10

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

Isaiah 53:10

In reading and thinking about the first nine verses of this chapter, it is easy to see the suffering of our Lord.  We can see how He was “despised, wounded, bruised, rejected, chastised, oppressed, afflicted, cut off, and stricken.”  And we can maybe begin to fathom that He went through all of that for us.  He did all of that for people who despised Him, rejected Him and went their own way.  But now we come to verse 10:

“Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief…”  How could that be?  How could it “please the Lord” to punish His own perfect and holy Son in that way?  The answer is a terrible truth.  The answer is that it shows us just how much God hates sin.  II Corinthians 5:21 tells us that He became “sin for us, who knew no sin.”  Jesus Christ, on the cross, actually became sin for us.  He bore our sins in His body on the cross. 

While this verse shows us just how much God hates sin, it also shows us just how much He loves us.  All of that suffering was for us.  We are, by birth and by choice, sinners who are the enemies of God.  But through this one sacrifice – Jesus Christ on the cross – all of our sin was taken away.  After the Lord was “pleased to bruise Him and put Him to grief,” notice what happens next:  “…he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.”  When His soul was made an offering for sin, then the pleasure of the Lord would prosper.  We are the recipients of that pleasure of the Lord.  Anything good that we have is because of Him. 

These verses just keep me thinking about what a wonderful Saviour that we have and they make me even more thankful to Him for all that He has done in and to me.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. I have really been blessed by today’s post and all of these from Isaiah. Thank you for reminding us about how much God hates sin (that took my breath away), but then how much He loves us.God bless you!

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    • I am blown away every time I read this chapter of Isaiah at what great lengths God went to to help us and save us. I will never understand that kind of love, but am thankful for it every day.

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