The servant in Isaiah 52 and 53 is one of the most intriguing figures in the prophetic Scriptures. The questions about this passage are many, the interpretations are diverse, and the answers always seem to be different.
Some have looked to Isaiah 52 and 53 in search of Jesus, others to reclaim Israel’s role in the world, and some to find a historical explanation for this prophetic text that seems to have no precedence.
Here's my translation of part of Isaiah 53:10–11:
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Learn about the resurrected servant prophesied 500 years before Jesus came on the scene. Learn about the prophecy that foretold a servant who would reconcile God's people to him and restore them to their land. Learn how resurrection of this servant means resurrection (metaphorically and physically) for God’s people.
This passage in Isaiah is incredible. So much of prophecy that comes later hinges on the ideas in this passage. I now see this passage “written” on almost every page of books like Daniel, Ezekiel and throughout the New Testament stories of Jesus. I truly believe that seeing this prophecy in Isaiah through the lens of the ancient world and Hebrew poetry will change the way you read Isaiah and the Bible in general. So, pick up a copy in print or for Logos Bible Software and dive into the world of prophecy and resurrection.
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