SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Scripture: Isaiah 53:6-8, 2 Samuel 2:9
In Isaiah 53:6-8 we are told, “All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.” Everybody turned to his own way. The Lord laid on Jesus the iniquity of all of us. He was oppressed and He was afflicted yet He took this unjust abuse and did not open His mouth. Verse 8 is a real crux and a key. He was taken from prison and from judgment and who will declare His generation for He was cut off from the land of the living. Jesus endured illegal, unjust, false judgment. It was illegal and He was killed by it. Verse 8 says, “For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.” The interesting part of verse 8 is the Hebrew word mish-pawt which is judgment and gaw-zar which is translated “cut off.” Jesus endured illegal judgment in order to take the subject of judgment to victory for us! What does that mean? That means that Jesus forever connected God’s judgment with God’s Word and made it accessible to us. We have an open invitation to go before the Throne of God and ask for covenant justice. Because Jesus was cut off from the land of the living in death, we have a right to ask that God cut off, kill, and destroy our enemies who will not relent. Jesus was cut off from the land of the living for man’s transgressions. In the covenant of Sure Mercy the Father said to King David, “I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you…” (2 Sam. 7:9) And on resurrection day, Jesus gave the same covenant that the Father gave King David to you and I. It is an amazing process and we need to understand that the ‘judgment to victory’ in verse 8 gives us covenantal right to ask God to intervene when we are threatened and guarantees that God will cut off those who threaten to kill us so that we can fulfill our assigned purpose. That is authority that we are granted in the atonement. Praying in tongues over this chapter will help unfold its depths, as well as give us the confidence and boldness to utter prayers born from on high!