Isaiah 53 – “A Sermon About the Death of God’s Servant”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
The prophet laments the death of God’s servant; He proclaims that the servant was righteous and died because of other people’s sins.

II. Photo
God’s servant accepted his fate: “He was maltreated, yet he was submissive, he did not open his mouth; Like a sheep being led to slaughter, like a ewe, dumb before those who shear her, he did not open his mouth.” (v. 7)

III. Important Verses
3-5: He was despised, shunned by men, A man of suffering, familiar with disease. As one who hid his face from us, He was despised, we held him of no account. Yet it was our sickness that he was bearing, Our suffering that he endured. We accounted him plagued, Smitten and afflicted by God; But he was wounded because of our sins, Crushed because of our iniquities. He bore the chastisement that made us whole, And by his bruises we were healed.
7-9:  He was maltreated, yet he was submissive, He did not open his mouth; Like a sheep being led to slaughter, Like a ewe, dumb before those who shear her, He did not open his mouth. By oppressive judgment he was taken away, Who could describe his abode? For he was cut off from the land of the living Through the sin of my people, who deserved the punishment. And his grave was set among the wicked, And with the rich, in his death — Though he had done no injustice And had spoken no falsehood.

IV. Outline
1-3. The growth of God’s servant’s power
4-6. The servant suffered because of the peoples’ sins
7-10. The servant dies because of the people
11-12. The servant’s death will turn the many to righteousness

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Sweeney, Marvin A. “Isaiah 1-39 with an Introduction to Prophetic Literature” The Forms of Old Testament Literature vol. 16 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans, 1996).
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