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Volume 1, Sermon 19
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust,
that he might bring us to God, ... being put to death in the flesh, but
quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and
preached unto the spirits in prison;
Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God
waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight
souls were saved by water. Who is gone into
and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers
being made subject unto him.
We are going to consider the period
of days and nights which passed between the time
(on the cross) when Jesus dismissed
his Spirit and when Jesus Resurrected ... the Christ 'Who (now) is gone into heaven'.
12:39 But he (Jesus) answered and said unto them, An evil (i.e. 'full of labours, annoyances, hardships put on them by God')
and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign
be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was
three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of
man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men
of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall
condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and,
behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
Therefore, we will
consider three of the Gospels, beginning with Matthew -
50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up
the ghost (i.e. 'Spirit').
51-53 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain
from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks
rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints (i.e. 'holy individuals') which
slept arose (i.e. 'had been asleep'), And came out of the graves (i.e. 'sepulchers') after (i.e. 'with' not after) his resurrection, and
went into the holy city (Jerusalem), and appeared (i.e. 'became manifest' or 'made known') unto many.
54 Now (i.e. 'but') (at the same time) when the centurion, and they that were with him,
watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done,
they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was (past tense, noticing that 'breath' was gone) the Son of God (i.e. 'Theos', the God which everyone knew existed).
Above ground graves, sepulchers,
where a body would not become absorbed into the ground were ages old in
Israel and especially in around Jerusalem. Therefore, the names and
often the histories of those so buried were well-known individuals,
kings, prophets, holy ones,
etc., as well as those wealthy enough to afford such a grave; and so there were a significant number of such graves (of the not too distant past) of well known godly individuals.
The point is that many God-fearing-alive-people would recognize
them and 1) realize that scriptural statements regarding Christ the Messiah had just occurred, such that he had arrived and now his work was accomplished, and 2) that a resurrection of certain-ones had begun.
Perhaps they had been 'asleep'
in a set-a-part heavenly place just for this occasion; for we know
that 'resurrection' of God's people awaits the return of His Son. If
this seems strange then read on down about God's disobedient people who
had been destroyed in the Noah flood being in 'prison' (not sheol, not hades, not hell).
Moreover, note that this
occurrence was in Jerusalem ... reaffirming that under God Jerusalem is the
holy city of God's Plan of the Ages.
All occurred immediately after Christ, in
body, had purposefully sent up (or out) his Spirit because he had more to accomplish in the few following days (see below).
37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost (i.e. 'to
breathe out' one's life).
38,39 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top
to the bottom. And when the centurion, which stood over against him,
saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost (i.e. or 'breathe out' one's last;), he said, Truly
man was the Son of God.
1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven,
and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also
may glorify thee:
2,3 As thou hast given him
power over all flesh, that he
should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is
life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom
thou hast sent.
4,5 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work
which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with
thine own self
with the glory which I had with thee
before the world was.
6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me
out of the world: thine (already) they were, and thou gavest them me; and they
have kept thy word.
7,8 Now they have known (i.e. 'come
to know') that all things whatsoever thou hast given me
are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou
me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out
from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
9,10 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for
they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and
I am glorified in them. And now I am
no more in the world, but these are in
the world, and I come to thee.
Holy Father, keep through thine own name
those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
12,13 While I was with them in
the world, I kept them in
thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is
lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
And now come I to thee; and
these things I speak in
the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated
them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he
said, It is finished: and he
bowed his head, and gave up the ghost (i.e. Spirit).
46,47 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said,
Father, into thy hands I commend my
spirit: and having said thus, he
gave up the ghost (i.e. 'to breath out' one's life, Spirit). Now when the
centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this
was a righteous (i.e. 'keeping God's commands') man (i.e. 'a human').
I find it interesting that in
the above passages by Matthew and Mark (apostles) it is stated that
the centurion recognized Jesus as having been the 'Son of God', yet in the Luke (not an apostle) passage it is 'a righteous human'.
I trust you have allowed the above Gospel passages to be absorbed..
21-23 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also
suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his
steps: Who did no sin, neither
was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled (i.e. his several days of trial), reviled not again;
(and) when he suffered (on the cross), he threatened not;
... but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
Even so, Jesus had made the claim that as their commander he could call
down legions of angels.
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust,
that he might bring us to God,
... being put to death [in the]
'to make alive') [by the] Spirit:
The words within the brackets  are
not in the original. Usually they are placed in the
English to make the sentence smoother, but here I leave them out to show
the actual wording, 'being put to
death flesh, but quickened (i.e.
'to make alive') Spirit'. I have done this to illustrate that Jesus, while yet in his 'flesh' or 'body',
sent out his spirit or breath (normally it signifies a body's
death), but here it was for Jesus it was to continue in his Son-Spirit. The Bible is very clear that that body 'did not see corruption'.
(That) By which (Spirit) also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison (i.e. 'being watched by a guard');
(those) Which (at) sometime were disobedient, when (for only that) once the longsuffering of
waited (i.e. 'to see') in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein (only a chosen) few, that is, eight
souls were (then) saved by water (i.e. the Noah flood).
In his much suffering, Jesus had 'finished'
his work (in the 'body') for the purpose of Sacrifice; but Christ Jesus was not yet 'finished' and he continued on his mission, which included returning to that 'body' which we call his 'resurrection'.
continued hanging on the cross ... and then it was taken down ... and
then it was entombed for a unique period of days and nights while Christ Jesus continued his
mission for the Father --
Dear reader, did you
know, have you ever heard, that Jesus for three days and three nights 'preached' to 'spirits' of the souls in
a guarded prison whom ages earlier the Lord drown in the Noah
it not that Jesus, the Messiah, the Christ (during all of God's Plan of the
Ages) had continually within his mind and heart such knowledge and understanding ... even as he walked the earth ... hung on the cross ... and whatever else he would be doing by his
Spirit ... and then upon returning to the heaven-sent 'body'.
Who (i.e. Jesus Christ
the Son of God) (now) is gone into
and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers
being made subject unto him.
In other passages, note again that Jesus neither in body or in spirit was ever 'corrupted' ... meaning (to my mind) that he was not in the 'prison' of the above passage, rather preaching over a divide to it.
Mark 13:27 And
then shall he send his angels,
and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the
uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
Remember that Christ Jesus became and is King of all.
Matthew 26:53 Thinkest
thou that I cannot (even) now (when on trial) pray to my Father,
and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
The Son of God, Christ (now Jesus at this time) was the Father's Commander-in-Chief of
heaven's forces; and know that the angels were watching all that was
occurring with their Lord.
3 The voice of
him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the
LORD (i.e. Yahweh,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God
28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting
the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth (i.e. the Christ the Messiah), fainteth not,
is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
This Truth has been, is, and always shall be our Lord Jesus the Son of God ... before, while hanging on the cross, now, and eternally.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might
he increaseth strength.
Indeed, when walking the
earth he gave sight to the blind, healing to the sick, life to the
(The Lord speaking to Israel) Even the youths (i.e. 'young
men servants') shall faint and be
weary, and the young men (i.e.
strong ones defending the land, etc) shall utterly fall: ...
they that wait upon the LORD (i.e. Yahweh, Jehovah) shall renew (i.e. 'to change
by passing on or over') their strength; they
mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and
they shall walk (i.e. 'go'), and not faint (i.e. by 'fatigue').
Though loved by some, amazed by a great many, and hated by others,
Jesus the Christ was the Very Son of God in all respects ... even while
walking the earth and hanging on the cross. Even as the Father and the Son are One ... God suffered and 'gave up the ghost' at the hand of His people ... for His people, for the world, and for you and me.
Dear reader, I
repeat the question: did you know, have you ever heard that
some days and nights 'preached'
to the 'spirits' of the
those in 'prison' whom he (i.e. the Lord) had so much earlier destroyed in the Noah
flood? [A 1000 years is as a day with the Lord.] Yes, the Christ on the cross is the Lord of the Flood.
In the Gospels, are you
beginning to see Jesus the Christ somewhat differently?
At some point, we will browse
through the Gospels with the above knowledge and concept in mind. But
first return above to Matthew 27 and read again those Gospel verses
Jesus the Christ sent out his breath
such that his Spirit left that body for some days and nights to 'preach'
to those in 'prison' he had destroyed in the Noah Flood.
According to Strong's Number system, the word 'prison' describes the Mosaic Law's condition 'to guard' a person in debt, if not paid, to be kept by guard
in prison until the debt was paid either by the person's estate or by
family or friends. We know that Jesus paid our debt. A prison was not
pleasant by any means, but was meant to keep the person ready for freedom when the debt was paid. It was not a dungeon and persecution was not applied. It was a means 'of the Law'.
So let us contemplate
Jesus' reasons for such 'preaching'.
Micah 4:5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD (i.e. 'Yahweh, Jehovah') our God (i.e. 'Elohim') for ever and ever.
4:6 In that
day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will
gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;
Was it according to this prophesy in Micah that Jesus 'preached' to the souls 'afflicted'
... i.e. destroyed in the flood? The above verse points to all the
tribes of Israel whom the Lord had removed off their lands by their
enemies and scattered through the nations and at varied times had
stricken by disease and plague ... which included the godly and ungodly together.
4:7 And I will make her that halted (to be) a remnant, and her that was cast far off (to be) a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.
Through all the Scriptures, God removed some individuals and groups
from earth-life when they were in the way of what He was doing. Some had been rebelling ... while others had been enthusiastically doing things for Him
when He simply needed to remove them
to teach others that He was
God and needed no one else.
Thus, God removed the people who, after
hearing much preaching and after long gazing upon the building of the arc, were
fully responding to the prophetic messages. Instead they were enjoying themselves in the blessings of the Lord.
Could Noah's many sermons have
like the many revival messages Christians have heard? Could building
the arc over the years been like the our present deterioration of
America and like growing world conditions?
In other words they (and we), even
agreeing with the messages, continued on their merry way amid
assemblies, "serving the Lord" in ways and methods more convenient to them?
in the Noah flood, God had been
in the process 1) of waiting before 2) clearing house so to speak. God
hearts of His people, even knowing that only Noah and his family would
enter the arc.
Through the ages, how many Christians have been going
about serving God as they see fit, dividing into groups as
agree and disagree with brothers and sisters, etc? Consider what happened to the nation of Rome; did
the Roman Christians in prayer groups stop God from destroying Rome?
about America? In looking to God, have American Christians moved Him to
bring us back to
more righteous times in our country? What awaits us? Have many
Christians become "revived" such that God will save our country? How
up with America growing ever more wicked?
Does God need America as He
draws nearer His time of sending His Son to earth again? If God
judges America (as He has other peoples around the world) what will it
be like? Will American Christians experience 'affliction', as others even now experience afflictions?
Consider the Jews in
Europe in the last century. Consider the Jewish nation in this
century with so many enemies raging against them.
Revelation 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
A great many brothers
and sisters even now are being added to the martyrs under the 'altar' in
the heavenly temple.
6:9-11 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the
altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for
the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice,
saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge
our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given
unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should
rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their
brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be
Micah 4:6 In
that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth (i.e. 'lame, limping'), and I will
gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;
4:7 And I will make her that halted (to be) a remnant, and her that was cast far off (to be) a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them (even all His 'afflicted' ones) in mount Zion from henceforth (i.e. "from henceforth" is not in the original), even for ever.
That is ... from the time when 'the LORD shall reign over them'.
Dear reader, might those destroyed in the Noah flood (now are 'under guard in prison') be like the 'afflicted' ones of these verses?
Will they also experience the Lord putting the righteous law into their
hearts? I am not developing theories; I only want you to think upon these things; that they might be guarded in
prison for a reason (God's Reason). Read, pray, and think is all I ask ... for our
Wonderful God should be making us wonder about things.
You say, "What has
this to do with Jesus as a babe?" Well, the above (and all
prophesies in Scripture) refer or point to the Christ that arrived to Israel as a babe having just descended straight out of
heaven into Mary's womb ... such that this 'son of David' of the scriptures would in nine months enter Israel's world in Bethlehem, the city of
David ... to become a son of Joseph, 'son of David' ... and thus to be 'the first born' of his wife named Mary.
Especially in the holy city of Jerusalem, Israelites and
Jews were in an
expectant mode of desiring to receive their Messiah as 'the son of David'
... yet (willfully ignorant of scripture) not as 'a son of Mary'. I do not detract from Mary (chosen virgin of scripture) who received and carried the babe to delivery. Yet, it is the 'son of David'
of the scriptures by which Israelites are to recognize their Messiah
... and this could only be by a human head-of-household, Joseph 'son of David'
... in direct lineage from King David. Mary also was of this lineage,
but she would not have been registered in Bethlehem, city of David.
The people did not comprehend what their Messiah would be like ...
that they expected him to remove the Roman government from off their
as to be free again.
More than ever we need to give all the Scriptures our attention in regards to What and Who our Shepherd really
is ... and always has been. For he is 'the lamb slain from the foundation of the world' even as he is 'the Lord God of Creation' ... even as he was Christ in raising the dead ... while waiting to 'give up the ghost on the cross'. More than ever we need the Son of God of
the Gospels to inspire us to our knees in awe before him.
At some point,
we shall contemplate the heaven-sent Christ in the first chapter of Matthew, but we need to see the varied
prophesies about the Christ regarding when, as the babe to be named Jesus, he would begin the Process of Promise.
9:6,7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given (i.e.
also 'placed, delivered'): and the government (i.e. 'rule') shall be
upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
The mighty God (i.e. 'el' singular), The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no
end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it (i.e.
'prepare, establish'), and to establish (i.e. 'comfort, strengthen') it
with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal
of the LORD (i.e. 'Yahweh') of hosts will perform this.
10:1-5 Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the
right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and
that they may rob the fatherless! And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the
desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help?
and where will ye leave your glory? (For) Without me (i.e. the Lord, Christ) they (i.e. Israelites) shall bow down under the prisoners, and they
shall fall under the slain. For all this (yet) his anger is not turned away,
but (yet) his hand is stretched out still. (Nevertheless, and) O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.
In this prophesy the One from heaven (even later in Mary's womb) speaks to Israel.
40:1-3 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her,
that her warfare is accomplished (i.e. 'filled'), that her iniquity is pardoned: for
she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye
the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
The Lord's warfare unto Israel is over, saith the Lord (i.e. the splitting of
the nation into two parts, and taking both parts from off their
soil, and the return from Babylon of Judah to be the nation). And their salvation has begun as, 'The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye
the way of the LORD (Yahweh), make straight in the desert a highway for our God (Elohim).'
Indeed, the Lord's hand of 'affliction' for all of Israel's sins had been 'filled' double; and here now the Lord is promising pardon; and the Lord himself, as the Christ, will come to work The Promise.
42:1-3 Behold my (i.e. God's) servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my
soul (i.e. 'personal mind and heart') delighteth; I have put my spirit (i.e. Spirit of the Lord) upon him: he shall bring forth
judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice (by forceful shouting) to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax
shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
42:4,5 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and
stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which
cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and
spirit to them that walk therein:
42:6-8 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold
thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the
people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the
prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
This is said to Israelites, and the normal way of understanding it is that
"the Lord is speaking about another". However, in the New Testament when
a Voice from heaven speaks before the people about Jesus, It is not
doing so for Jesus Christ's sake ... rather it is for the benefit of the people to know from the Old Testament just who is this Jesus.
The Lord will
not share his glory with another: meaning the Lord is Jesus which his
chosen disciples well understood, calling him 'lord' from the beginning even while not 'seeing' into the depth of it.
In Luke 8:28 'When he (a demon)
saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud
voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most
high? I beseech thee, torment me not.' Even a demon recognized Christ Jesus for who he was and for what he could do.
Here are the New Testament passages when the Voice speaks -
Matthew 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
As the Son of God, Christ upon earth was all that he was in heaven.
Matthew 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
Mark 1:11 And there came a voice from heaven, [saying], Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Mark 9:7 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
Luke 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
Luke 9:35,36 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. And when the voice
was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept [it] close, and told no
man in those days any of those things which they had seen.
5:25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming,
and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and
they that hear shall live.
John 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne
witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen
John 12:28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, [saying], I have both glorified [it], and will glorify [it] again.
John 12:30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.
In addition, as Jesus 1) he took on a 'form' of a Judaite male.
And 2) within that 'form' he and
the Father ... before the ages of mankind ... had decided that the 'lamb slain from the foundation of the world' would not use his heaven-powers ... ... even
though in Matthew 26:53 he said,
'Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
those verses of Isaiah 42:1-8, therefore, the Lord himself is speaking about
himself when he would descend to walk among the children of Israel in the
land of Israel.
More of Isaiah (about Christ when he descends) -
45:18,19 (Said regarding his final Coming at the End of the Ages) For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God
himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he
created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD;
and there is none else. I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth:
I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak
righteousness, I declare things that are right.
45:20,21 Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye
that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the
wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save. Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take
counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath
told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else
beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
45:22,23 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in
righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow,
every tongue shall swear.
45:24,45 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and
strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against
him shall be ashamed. In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.
50:6 I (the 'servant') gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that
plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
52:13-15 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. (Even) As many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut
their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they
see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.
Note that past-tense wording mingles with both present-tense and
future-tense wording; in that, with God all-of-time compares as
one-God-day to 1000-mankind-years.
Moreover, all prophesy is directly from heaven and true forever.
53:1,2 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD (Yahweh) revealed ? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a
root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we
shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
53:3 (Therefore) He is despised (i.e. 'held in contempt') and rejected (i.e. 'as but a fleeting thing') of men (i.e. 'eesh', mankind); (and but) a man (i.e. 'eesh') of sorrows, and
acquainted with (i.e.' knowing') grief: and we hid as it were our faces from (i.e. 'from before') him; (indeed) he was
despised, and we esteemed (i.e. 'counted' worthy) him not.
Here we see it prophesied that mankind (including Israelites) shall hold him in contempt by never admitting he is the 'Only Begotten Son of God' ... saying he was but a man as are all men of mankind ... even if he was particularly good ... even if he was sinless.
53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our
sorrows: yet we (his own people) did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
And, he was but a fleeting thing and did not save us as claimed in the Olden Scriptures; indeed, it is foolish for mankind to place any hope upon him.
I.e. "Hanging on a cursed cross before all mankind to see, this pitiful man simply had angered the true God by claiming to be Him ... look he cannot even save himself!"
53:5 But he was wounded (i.e. 'profaned') for our transgressions, he was bruised
(i.e. 'crushed') for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace (due to our sins) was upon him; and
with his stripes we are healed.
53:6,7 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one
to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not
his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep
before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall
declare (anything good of) his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the
living: for the transgression of my people (i.e. 'nation') was he stricken (i.e. 'plagued').
53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and (also) with the rich in
his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in
53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise (i.e. 'crush') him; he hath put him to
grief: (and) when thou (i.e. the Lord) shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see
his seed (as blessed), ...
On that cross, did Jesus 'see' the accomplished blessed salvation to each person of mankind who would accept the God-Sacrifice? Just before he said, 'it is finished', surely he 'saw' what through the ages at that time he expected to 'see' ... even wrapped in the Pleasure of the Father.
... (and after death) he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall
prosper in his hand.
53:11 He (the 'servant') shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be
satisfied: (for) by his knowledge (and satisfaction) shall my righteous servant justify many;
for he shall bear (i.e. ongoing future-tense) their iniquities.
53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and
he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out
his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he
(thereby) bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
To repeat: the above passages refer to that babe of heaven in Mary's womb.
55:4-6 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations
that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy
God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. (Therefore,) Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
61:1,2 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath
anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to
bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and
the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them
beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise
for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of
righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
62:11 Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world,
Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold,
his reward is with him, and his work before him.
62:12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of
the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.
Luke 1:67-73 And his (i.e. John the Baptist's) father Zacharias
was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the
Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And
hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant
David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
Luke 1:46-48 And Mary said (unto Elisabeth), My soul (i.e. 'life breath', physical existence) doth magnify the
Lord (i.e. her Master), And my spirit (i.e. her spiritual 'breath') hath rejoiced in God (i.e. 'Theos' meant as the entire God-head) my Saviour (i.e. a King that saves his people). For he hath
regarded (i.e. 'looked upon') the low estate (i.e. 'humble condition') of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth
all generations shall call me blessed (i.e. 'pronounce me blessed or happy').
1:49 For he that is mighty (i.e. One that is 'possible or able' in all things) hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
1:50 And his (i.e. Theos the Mighty and Able One's) mercy is on them that fear him from (i.e. 'into') generation to generation.
'Generation to generation', here and in verse 48, means people or family of the same father;
which in the case of a sincere daughter of the tribe of Judah means the
father would be Abraham who received the Promise (see verse 55 below).
1:51-54 (Regarding Israel) He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. He hath holpen his servant (i.e. 'lowly servant') Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
1:55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
1:56 And Mary abode with her (i.e. Elisabeth who in her womb was carrying John the Baptist) about three months, and returned to her own house (in Nazareth).
Above is what Mary said. Now let us see what Elisabeth said under the
unction of the Holy Ghost (Spirit) -
1:39-41 And (in Nazareth) Mary arose in those days, and went into
the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda (i.e. south of
Jerusalem); And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted
Elisabeth. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the
salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was
filled with the Holy Ghost:
1:42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed (i.e. blessed by
the Lord her Master) art thou among women (i.e. of Israel), and (also)
blessed (i.e. blessed of the Lord her Master) is the fruit of thy (own) womb.
Elisabeth was of the
family of Aaron, the first high priest of Israel, and she was married to
a priest also of the family of Aaron as required by the Mosaic Law for the priesthood.
1:43 And whence (i.e. 'from where') is this to me, that the mother of
my Lord (i.e. 'Master') should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the
voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my
womb for joy.
Mary was of the family of King David and betrothed to Joseph, 'son of David'.
Elisabeth immediately understood by the Holy Ghost who was Mary
(i.e. Elizabeth's young distant cousin) and understood what was God's plan for her.
Interesting how clear, definite, and permanent something is within the Holy Spirit's illumination.
1:45 And blessed is she (i.e. both Mary and Elizabeth) that believed:
for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her
from the Lord.
We see that 'blessed' in the Lord were both wombs and
also the contents of both wombs. Perhaps at the time, even more blessed was Elizabeth's
womb, in that in her old age she had been assumed (thus declared by
society) infertile, and thus only by the Holy Ghost could she bare a son by
Zacharias in his old age ... much like with Abraham and Sarah when the Lord began the promised and proven lineage unto the Savior of Israel and of mankind.
other hand, after carrying Christ as a babe, Mary's womb would then deliver many
children unto Joseph, 'son of David'. Thus, only by the Holy Ghost was she carrying
In the next
Sermon I hope to begin delving into the Gospels to consider Jesus in
the light of 'The Whole Christ' ... beginning with Matthew.
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