Isaiah: Humiliation to Exultation
Over the next two weeks, Chris unpacks Isaiah 53, which many consider to be the clearest prophecies of Jesus in the Old Testament. Before Jesus came to earth, believers in the Old Testament time were somewhat blind to the depth, meaning, power, and significance of Jesus. They only had bits of information from God’s prophetic Word to explain all that Jesus would encompass. This week, we’re going to look at how Isaiah 53, written 700 years before Jesus was born, describes the life of the “Suffering Servant.”
by Victor Buksbazen
From the scholarly pen of Dr. Victor Buksbazen comes an outstanding work on a premier section of the prophetic Hebrew Scriptures, Isaiah 52—53. This superb and attractive little volume masterfully answers the all-important Jewish question, Of whom did the prophet speak? Of Israel, as many rabbis teach, or of Messiah? In an eloquent yet in-depth verse-by-verse exposition, Dr. Buksbazen shows how Isaiah 53—the only section of the Bible never read in the synagogue—speaks unequivocally of Jesus.
Interpretation of Isaiah 53
A question that Chris often gets asked is, “Why can’t the Jewish people see that Isaiah 53 is talking about Jesus when it’s so clear?” This is a great question! The reason Jewish people are able to overlook Isaiah 53 is because it all comes down to interpretation. Chris examines the modern Jewish interpretation and the Christian interpretation of Isaiah 53.
Apples of Gold—The Expert
Many arrive at the Western Wall early and read so fast that no one can understand them. This is so they can return to their homes as quickly as possible. Upon encountering some of these men at the wall, Zvi asks, “I see your Bible is open to Psalm 24. Do you know the one about whom King David is speaking?”
Listen to this week’s dramatic reading from the life of Holocaust Zvi Kalisher to find out more about this conversation.
The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.
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