Isaiah 53 (lesson for July 19, 2006)

Isaiah 53 is a poignant picture of the suffering of the Christ. For each of the excerpts from Isaiah 53 below, I want you to do two things: (1) Identify the verse in which it is found, and (2) cite a New Testament passage that shows how the words fit Jesus.

Also, be prepared to explain why the Ethiopian Eunuch was uncertain as to the identity of the one described in Isaiah 53.

  1. He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.

  2. He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

  3. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried

  4. Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.

  5. But He was pierced through for our transgressions

  6. The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.

  7. But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.

  8. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.

  9. His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death

  10. And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.