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Who would have believed our report?
Obviously the Church does not!

By Shlomo Phillips © March 22,2016 (last updated July 31, 2016)

Yeshayahu -- Isaiah 53

Christians often claim this section is speaking of Jesus/Yeshua. It clearly is not. See my study on The Suffering Servant for evidence on this. As in many other places, the reference is to the Jewish people as a whole, not to HaMashiach. Consider:

Verse 1. Who would have believed our report, and to whom was the arm of the Lord revealed?

Rashi: Who would have believed our report: So will the nations say to one another, Were we to hear from others what we see, it would be unbelievable. the arm of the Lord: like this, with greatness and glory, to whom was it revealed until now?

Verse 2. And he came up like a sapling before it, and like a root from dry ground, he had neither form nor comeliness; and we saw him that he had no appearance. Now shall we desire him?

Rashi: And he came up like a sapling before it: This people [i.e. the Israelites/Jews], before this greatness came to it, was a very humble people, and it came up by itself like a sapling of the saplings of the trees. and like a root: he came up from dry land. neither form: had he in the beginning, nor comeliness. and we saw him that he had no appearance. Now shall we desire him?: And when we saw him from the beginning without an appearance, how could we desire him? Now shall we desire him?: This is a question.

Verse 3. Despised and rejected by men, a man of pains and accustomed to illness, and as one who hides his face from us, despised and we held him of no account

Rashi: Despised and rejected by men: was he. So is the custom of this prophet: he mentions all Israel as one man, e.g., (44:2), “Fear not, My servant Jacob” ; (44:1) “And now, hearken, Jacob, My servant.” Here too (52:13), “Behold My servant shall prosper,” he said concerning the house of Jacob. יַשְׂכִּיל is an expression of prosperity. Comp. (I Sam. 18:14) “And David was successful (מַשְׂכִּיל) in all his ways.” and as one who hides his face from us: Because of their intense shame and humility, they were as one who hides his face from us, with their faces bound up in concealment, in order that we not see them, like a plagued man who hides his face and is afraid to look.

This is who this section is talking about. These verses have nothing to do with the Messiah. They are talking about the Jewish people collectively.

There is not a single verse in the Tanach (i.e. what Christians insultingly call the "Old Testament") talking about Jesus.


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