Shalom Yonathan Shalom Stefan And hello to our viewers. We continue our study of the Messiah’s identity In the Bible. In past episodes we talked about Isaiah 53, a very special portion in this book The portion actually starts in Isaiah 52 verse 13 and finishes at the end of chapter 53 What we discussed was a few verses coming out of the portion itself, we saw also the Jewish literature And the interpretation of the Sages concerning this passage. We saw that it talks about The Messiah and NOT the nation of Israel. we will continue with this now, and actually to sum it up Shortly we saw that the Messiah will be greater than the forefathers, even Moses, He will carry the sins of the nation and that God will lay on him all our sins was the last verse we talked about And now we’d like to continue with a few more verses from this portion and See a few more interesting places that discuss the Messiah’s identity in the Bible and in this chapter specifically So Yonathan, what do we have here of interest? Stefan, if we look at our next verse, verse 7, in chapter 53, we can read it and see what more it tells us of the Messiah It is written: He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep Before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. What we see through these verses is that the Messiah is someone who is going to be tortured He will pass though torture, really suffering, but this suffering won’t be just suffering for no cause It tells us very clearly he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, slaughter obviously is death And we look at the word suffering, indeed these are words that represent a sacrifice It’s like the animal, the sheep, you would bring as a sacrifice So here also, he will come as a lamb to the slaughter, to his death and it’s important to note At this point that sometimes when this chapter is falsely related to the nation of Israel It is stated that this suffering is the suffering of the Jewish Nation throughout the generations But if we look at this verse we see that the Messiah chose to pass through this suffering without objection He did not open his mouth, but rather went until death, as a lamb to the slaughter And the nation of Israel, justifiably and with good reason, always rebelled and tried to escape his troubles Always tried to overcome persecution, he never went from His own will to the death and oppression but always tried to resist The Nation of Israel never sought out these things, as a matter of fact, NO one seeks these things But here we clearly see that the Messiah will go from his own free will to something that is clear before him. Correct So that was interesting, and now I’d like to look at something that the Ramban said And this is very interesting because it really matches up with this understanding Let’s read it together, it starts and says: “He was oppressed and afflicted” So we see the attribution to this verse, he’s talking about the messiah, and connecting it with the verse And he continues: “At his arrival, he will be poor and riding a donkey” which refers to Zechariah 9 verse 9 That states that the messiah will come humble and riding a donkey, and on a donkey’s colt Also attributes this verse to the messiah, that there’s also debate surrounding this If it is or is not the messiah, how will the messiah come riding on a donkey into Jerusalem today There’s all sorts of interpretations, but that’s already a different story which we won’t get into now And if we continue with what the Ramban wrote: “and all the oppressors of the cities will come unto him And his lawmen will torture him violently and abusively. Again very strong laguage, “violently and abusively” Violence and abuse are very hard and powerful words, and he continues: “For they persecuted him and the LORD, Of which he came trough His name, and the Messiah will not protest, and be silent and not stop seeking Israel Here we see that they persecute him, and the LORD that he actually came in His name The Ramban also indicates that the messiah will NOT object to the violence and abuse against him He will not answer, but be silent, and what’s very interesting is that at the end he says “He will not stop seeking the Nation of Israel” and in the last verse of chapter 53, we see that this is also Something that has been said to the messiah that he will carry the sins of many We also see this subject of seeking or carrying, in other words doing something FOR others So already here we start to see very interesting things that contrast the general understanding of this chapter.