The Atonement: The Humiliation of the Servant of Yahweh, Part 3.

“Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted. As many were astonished at you— his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—so shall he sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths because of him, for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand.” (Isaiah 52:13-15)

As we examine the servant song of Yahweh from Isaiah 52:13-53:12, today’s verse is Isaiah 52:15: “so shall he sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths because of him, for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand.” (Isaiah 52:15).

Concerning the theology of the cross and the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ, Pastor Burk Parsons writes, “One of my greatest fears for the church today is that we will become bored with the cross of Christ. I am concerned that any mention of Christ and Him crucified is leading many professing Christians to say to themselves: ‘Yeah, I know all about Jesus dying on the cross for my sins—let’s move on to something else. Let’s get past the basics, and let’s deal with bigger theological issues.’ I firmly believe that Satan is set on trying to destroy us, but he’ll settle with just getting us to lose our astonishment of Christ and Him crucified.”

As the Prophet Isaiah speaks the Servant of Yahweh’s exaltation and humiliation, he once again addresses the exaltation of the LORD’s Servant because of His humiliation.

“So shall he sprinkle many nations.” The Servant of Yahweh remains the subject. It is He, as a consequence of His humiliation spoken of in vs, 14, who will purposely sprinkle the masses. What does this mean? “Sprinkle” is associated with cleansing by the priest under the Mosaic Law (Lev. 4:6; 8:11; 14:7). It also means to startle someone and to leave them speechless. This Servant, who many have not considered important at all, will actually provide the most important thing for nations and their kings: namely, cleansing from sin. This truth will astonish people.

John 1:29 says, “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

Hebrews 10:14 says, “For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

 “Kings shall shut their mouths because of him.” With rare exceptions, most politicians believe they have the right to speak about everything. It usually doesn’t matter the subject or the circumstances. However, they will be speechless when the Servant of Yahweh returns in power, might and glory.

Psalm 2:1-5 says, “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.”

 “For that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand.” Eventually, when the Lord returns to earth, all those who did not understand or desire Him will fully understand and comprehend who He is and what He has done.

The Apostle Paul quotes Isaiah 52:13 in Romans 15:21. He does so in order to verify that he has fulfilled him ministry by proclaiming the Gospel to those who had never before heard of the Servant of Yahweh: Jesus Christ. I encourage you to contemplate the lyrics to Kristian Stanfill’s song Behold the Lamb. 

See Him there, the great I Am
A crown of thorns upon His head
The Father’s heart displayed for us
Oh God, we thank You for the cross.
Lifted up on Calvary’s hill
We cursed Your name, and even still
You bore our shame, and paid the cost
Oh God, we thank You for the cross.
Behold the Lamb
The story of redemption written on His hands
Jesus, You will reign forevermore
The victory is Yours
We sing Your praise
Endless hallelujah to Your holy name
Jesus, You will reign forevermore
The victory is Yours.
All for us, this sacrifice
For every sin our saviour died
The Lord of Life can’t be contained
Our God has risen from the grave
Oh, our God has risen from the grave.
Behold the Lamb
The story of redemption written on His hands
Jesus, You will reign forevermore
The victory is Yours
We sing Your praise
Endless hallelujah to Your holy name
Jesus, You will reign forevermore
The victory is Yours.
When the age of death is done
We’ll see Your face, bright as the sun
We’ll bow before the King of kings
Oh God, forever we will sing.
Behold the Lamb
The story of redemption written on His hands
Jesus, You will reign forevermore
The victory is Yours.
We sing Your praise
Endless hallelujah to Your holy name
Jesus, You will reign forevermore
The victory is Yours.
You reign forevermore.
The victory is Yours.
King Jesus reigns forevermore
The victory is Yours.
Have you received the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord? Have you received His imputed righteousness as your own? If not, then I encourage you to repent of your sins and receive Christ and His forgiveness (John 1:12-13).

May God’s truth and grace reside here.

Soli deo Gloria!

 

  

 

 

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