Isaiah 11 and Isaiah 53, Devotion and an Abode

1But a shoot shall grow out of the stump of Jesse, A twig shall sprout from his stock.
2The spirit of the Lord shall alight upon him: A spirit of wisdom and insight, A spirit of counsel and valor, A spirit of devotion and reverence for the Lord.    Isaiah 11/1-2 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

10In that day,
The stock of Jesse that has remained standing
Shall become a standard to peoples—
Nations shall seek his counsel
And his abode shall be honored.     Isaiah 11/10 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

8By oppressive judgment he was taken away,
Who could describe his abode?
For he was cut off from the land of the living
Through the sin of my people, who deserved the punishment.     Isaiah 53/8 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

10But the Lord chose to crush him by disease,
That, if he made himself an offering for guilt,
He might see offspring and have long life,
And that through him the Lord’s purpose might prosper.
11Out of his anguish he shall see it;
He shall enjoy it to the full through his devotion.
“My righteous servant makes the many righteous,
It is their punishment that he bears; Isaiah 53/10-11 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

9And his grave was set among the wicked,
And with the rich, in his death—……. Isaiah 53/9 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

12Assuredly, I will give him the many as his portion,
He shall receive the multitude as his spoil…… Isaiah 53/12 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Commentary:

 
In Isaiah 53/11 the L-rd says “Out of his anguish he shall see it; He shall enjoy it to the full through his devotion.….”

The anguish is from the oppressive judgement of chastisement, punishment, bruising and crushing by the power and words of G-d laid on him for the length of time necessary to make his soul, spirit and self suitable for God’s purpose.

An oppressive judgement agreed to by G-d’s righteous servant who offers his soul and self for the guilt and sin of the Jewish people to serve G-d’s purpose of redeeming the Jewish people, to be the herald of the time of the covenant of sin forgiveness of the Jewish people for the building of the third Temple, to make the many righteous and to be given long life.

The spirit of the L-rd alights upon the descendant of David through Solomon of the stump of Jesse. A spirit of devotion and reverence for the Lord alights upon the servant not by a mystic change of a “devotion” spirit but by the refinement the Lord puts him through with pain and suffering, bruising and crushing, chastisement and punishment.

The angel of the L-rd’s Presence who is the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d is always present and is a part of the process of refinement the Lord puts the servant through. G-d created the person of the angel of His Presence with this task of refining a human being through chastisement and punishment in mind. The spirit is an integral part of the process of making the servant suitable for G-d’s purpose.

Moses, Ezekiel and Elijah would be familiar with this process of refinement. So would the captain of the L-rd’s host and the man who wrestled with Jacob (Israel) all night. It is a way for G-d and the angel of His Presence to interact with His creation. Any prophet who wrote for G-d also went through this process to some degree.

The process of soul and self refinement changes a man greatly. If you write for G-d as did all of His prophets you suffer for this great change by chastisement and punishment whether you offer yourself for guilt or not. It is just G-d’s way and He does not change.

Isaiah 11/10 says “The stock of Jesse that has remained standing Shall become a standard to peoples— Nations shall seek his counsel And his abode shall be honored.” Isaiah 53/8 says that “By oppressive judgment he was taken away, Who could describe his abode?…..”

Isaiah 53/9 says “And his grave was set among the wicked, And with the rich, in his death—…….” and in 53/12 the L-rd says “Assuredly, I will give him the many as his portion, He shall receive the multitude as his spoil……”

The abode of the righteous servant is humble when the L-rd cuts him off from the world of material things and society in Isaiah 53 and in the end the abode of the servant is one to be honored in Isaiah 11.

From a poor man to a rich man with a portion and spoil and an abode to be honored by the many and the multitude and all who love the Jewish people, Israel and HaShem.

Why All Men Suffer, the Good and the Bad

From: Elie Wiesel’s Wrenching Lost Version of ‘Night’ Was Scathing Indictment of God and Fellow Jews at forward.com (edited).

 
And then: “I stopped praying and didn’t speak about God. I was angry at him. I told myself, ‘He does not deserve us praying to him.’ And, really, does he hear prayers? … Why sanctify him? For what? For the suffering he rains on our heads? For Auschwitz and Birkenau? … This time we will not stand as the accused in court before the divine judge. This time we are the judges and he the accused. We are ready. There are a huge number of documents in our indictment file. They are living documents that will shake the foundations of justice.”
Who is this man who wants to settle accounts with God and shake faith to its very roots? The author’s name appears at the top of the first page: Eliezer Wiesel.
As well as the sharp criticism of God, the archived version also included harsh criticism of many Jews who either yielded to temptation or were tempted to believe that nothing bad would befall them. Wiesel settles accounts with those among his people who shut their eyes and ears to what was happening, and blames them for paving the Nazis’ way to committing their horrors. He calls them “false prophets.”

 

9In all their troubles He was troubled, And the angel of His Presence delivered them. In His love and pity He Himself redeemed them, Raised them, and exalted them All the days of old. 10But they rebelled, and grieved His holy spirit.     Isaiah 63/9-19 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

22For as the new heaven and the new earth
Which I will make
Shall endure by My will
—declares the Lord—
So shall your seed and your name endure. (“Israel”)     Isaiah 66/22 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

17For behold! I am creating
A new heaven and a new earth;
The former things shall not be remembered,
They shall never come to mind.
18Be glad, then, and rejoice forever
In what I am creating.
For I shall create Jerusalem as a joy,
And her people as a delight;     Isaiah 65/17-18 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Commentary:

 
Elie Wiesel said in regard to G-d and the Holocaust:
“This time we will not stand as the accused in court before the divine judge. This time we are the judges and he the accused. We are ready. There are a huge number of documents in our indictment file. They are living documents that will shake the foundations of justice.”

 
Job was also ready to indict G-d. Job demanded an audience with G-d for an explanation on why he as a righteous man who followed all of the Lord’s commandments had so many bad things happening to him.

 
I am the man described in Isaiah 53 and the L-rd and the person of the Lord’s spirit dwell with me. They are always with me. Many years ago G-d began teaching me matters of creation from his perspective. The unseen realm was always there and then within it G-d created the universe, earth and humanity.

 
He did it for Himself and for the person of His spirit who is the first person G-d created. They are always together. The person of the spirit is G-d’s constant companion. He is the angel of His Presence sometimes referred to in the Tanakh as His holy spirit.

 

Wherever G-d’s Presence is so is the angel of His Presence. He is the angel that G-d sent before the Israelites in the Exodus and he is the angel of the covenant of sin forgiveness of the Jewish people sent with Elijah for the great and awesome day of the L-rd.

 
G-d is quite pleased with creation. It is perfect for creating a heaven of angelic human spirit persons. A new heaven by the addition of a new host of angels. The angels Israel.

 

“For behold! I am creating A new heaven and a new earth”
“Be glad, then, and rejoice forever
In what I am creating.
For I shall create Jerusalem as a joy,
And her people as a delight”
“And I will rejoice in Jerusalem
And delight in her people.”
“For as the new heaven and the new earth
Which I will make
Shall endure by My will
—declares the Lord—
So shall your seed and your name endure.”

 

G-d decided to create a new kind of angel and a great host of them. One where He does not create their personalities but angelic persons who are formed as persons by their own actions and self will. Unlike angels we are put through a battleground of choices with our own self will that molds and shapes us as persons.

Angels do not have self will or a battleground of choices to make. Their persons are created and formed by G-d.

G-d knew in the beginning that all men would suffer. The good and the bad. It is what makes our personalities suitable for His purpose of creating a new host of angels.

Through the Sin of My People

7But the House of Israel will refuse to listen to you, for they refuse to listen to Me; for the whole House of Israel are brazen of forehead and stubborn of heart. 8But I will make your face as hard as theirs, and your forehead as brazen as theirs. 9I will make your forehead like adamant (shamir), harder than flint. Do not fear them, and do not be dismayed by them, though they are a rebellious breed.”     Ezekiel 3/7-9 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

14A spirit seized me and carried me away. I went in bitterness, in the fury of my spirit, while the hand of the Lord was strong upon me.     Ezekiel 3/14 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

24And a spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet. And He spoke to me, and said to me: “Go, shut yourself up in your house.     Ezekiel 3/24 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

25As for you, O mortal, cords have been placed upon you, and you have been bound with them, and you shall not go out among them.     Ezekiel 3/25 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

4“Then lie on your left side, and let it bear the punishment of the House of Israel; for as many days as you lie on it you shall bear their punishment. 5For I impose upon you three hundred and ninety days, corresponding to the number of the years of their punishment; and so you shall bear the punishment for the House of Israel. 6When you have completed these, you shall lie another forty days on your right side, and bear the punishment of the House of Judah. I impose on you one day for each year.     Ezekiel 4/4 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

8Now I put cords upon you, so that you cannot turn from side to side until you complete your days of siege. Ezekiel 4/8 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

31See, a time is coming—declares the Lord—when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers, when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, a covenant which they broke, though I espoused them—declares the Lord. 33But such is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel after these days—declares the Lord: I will put My Teaching into their inmost being and inscribe it upon their hearts. Then I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34No longer will they need to teach one another and say to one another, “Heed the Lord“; for all of them, from the least of them to the greatest, shall heed Me—declares the Lord.
For I will forgive their iniquities,
And remember their sins no more.     Jeremiah 31/34 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

5But he was wounded because of our sins, Crushed because of our iniquities. He bore the chastisement that made us whole, And by his bruises we were healed.     Isaiah 53/5 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

6We all went astray like sheep, Each going his own way; And the Lord visited upon him The guilt of all of us.”     Isaiah 53/6 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 
8By oppressive judgment he was taken away, Who could describe his abode? For he was cut off from the land of the living Through the sin of my people, who deserved the punishment.     Isaiah 53/8 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

10But the Lord chose to crush him by disease, That, if he made himself an offering for guilt, He might see offspring and have long life, And that through him the Lord’s purpose might prosper.     Isaiah 53/10 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

11Out of his anguish he shall see it; He shall enjoy it to the full through his devotion. My righteous servant makes the many righteous, It is their punishment that he bears;   Isaiah 53/11 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

1Behold, I am sending My messenger to clear the way before Me, and the Lord whom you seek shall come to His Temple suddenly. As for the angel of the covenant that you desire, he is already coming.     Malachi 3/1 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

18I will raise up a prophet for them from among their own people, like yourself: I will put My words in his mouth and he will speak to them all that I command him; 19and if anybody fails to heed the words he speaks in My name, I myself will call him to account. Deuteronomy 18-19 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

1But a shoot shall grow out of the stump of Jesse,
A twig shall sprout from his stock.
2The spirit of the Lord shall alight upon him:
A spirit of wisdom and insight,
A spirit of counsel and valor,
A spirit of devotion and reverence for the Lord. Isaiah 11/1-2 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Commentary:

The early Sages expected a personal Messiah to fulfill the Isaiah prophecy. No alternative interpretation was applied to this passage until the Middle Ages. And then, a completely different view was presented. This view was popularized by Jewish commentator Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Itzchaki), who lived one thousand years after Jesus.

Rashi held the position that the servant passages of Isaiah referred to the collective fate of the nation of Israel rather than a personal Messiah. Some rabbis, such as Ibn Ezra and Kimchi, agreed. However, many other rabbinic sages during this same period and later—including Maimonides—realized the inconsistencies of Rashi’s views and would not abandon the original messianic interpretations.

Yet to this day, many rabbis persist in citing Rashi as the definitive word on how to interpret the servant of the Lord in Isaiah 53. Others admit the weakness of this view and say that the passage applies to an individual. They usually cite the prophet Isaiah himself, King Cyrus, King Hezekiah, Josiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Moses, Job or even some anonymous contemporaries of Isaiah as the one spoken of by the prophet.

The Christian idea directly contradicts the basic Jewish teaching that God promises forgiveness to all who sincerely return to Him; thus there is no need for the Messiah to atone for others.

There is no vicarious suffering or atonement for others in Isaiah 53. There is no animal guilt sacrifice applied to humans. The man described is given long life. He is punished with chastisement by the words of G-d and wounded and bruised not killed or sacrificed. It does not describe Jesus or the Jewish people.

And I can explain the true meaning of the verses as none have before me for one simple reason. I am that man.

I have been wounded, crushed, chastised and bruised by the hand, words and power of G-d to make me suitable for His purpose since 2007 when His spirit and the person of His spirit alighted upon me in fulfillment of Isaiah 11/1-2. This purpose includes being the messenger and herald of the new covenant of sin forgiveness to the Jewish people G-d declared for a time to come in Jeremiah 31.

There is no vicarious atonement in Isaiah 53 by one man or a nation or a part thereof for others. When G-d forgives sins He declares it through His prophets in writing and in Malachi 3 He sends the prophet Elijah with the angel of the covenant of sin forgiveness previously declared in Jeremiah 31.

The chastisement, punishment, bruising and crushing is to make me stronger emotionally. To be more of a soldier to God’s purpose. To protect me emotionally from the haters and naysayers, to move to a country of a foreign language I have never known all alone, and to speak God’s words to the Jewish people. The same chastisement and punishment G-d laid on Ezekiel for the sins of the House of Israel and the House of Judah.

And much more. The constant interaction created my devotion to God and to the prosperity of His purpose, our communication when alone and when I am with others is perfect and on many levels, and I obey His every command with little emotional resistance. G-d has the power to stop any emotional response I may have to anything. We work on this all the time. But I have to be made ready for this power and it is through chastisement and punishment.

This is what G-d is referring to in Isaiah 53/11 when He says “Out of his anguish he shall see it; He shall enjoy it to the full through his devotion.” Out of the anguish of chastisement and punishment I will see the prosperity of His purpose and enjoy it to the full through my devotion to His purpose.

This same chastisement and punishment for the sins of others in Isaiah 53 is also in Ezekiel where God says:

 

“But I will make your face as hard as theirs, and your forehead as brazen as theirs. 9I will make your forehead like adamant (shamir), harder than flint.”

 

How will HaShem make Ezekiel suitable for His purpose, making him as hard and brazen as the House of Israel?

By crushing, punishing, bruising and chastising him just as he does with the righteous servant of Isaiah 53 to remove his will and refine and cleanse his soul and remove the fury of his spirit. All this makes Ezekiel more suitable for G-d’s purpose with him to prosper, so that Ezekiel will do and say whatever he is commanded to do and say by G-d without hesitation.

And G-d says to Ezekiel:

 

“As for you, O mortal, cords have been placed upon you, and you have been bound with them, and you shall not go out among them. And “Now I put cords upon you, so that you cannot turn from side to side until you complete your days of siege.”

 

These are not references to physical ropes. Ezekiel is being constrained by the power of G-d that envelops him from leaving his house. Just like the man described in Isaiah 53 Ezekiel is cut off from the world. And then he is enduring punishment for the House of Israel by having these cords of God’s power prevent him from turning from side to side. For 430 days pinned to the ground.

And the Jewish people were not vicariously relieved of their punishment. The complete fall of Jerusalem and final deportation occurs in Ezekiel’s lifetime. It is figurative speech. Just as in Isaiah 53 where the man has the sins and guilt of Israel laid on him that he is not guilty of so that G-d can pronounce an oppressive judgement of chastisement and punishment, bruising and crushing, after he offers himself for that guilt, is really just for the man to be made suitable for G-d’s purpose.

It can be seen in this discussion between God and Ezekiel, a Priestly man who followed the laws of a kosher diet who would be beside himself at such a seemingly unrighteous punishment. But that is the point. God treating you as you could never imagine is very humbling and causes great change to your spirit and soul:

 
“Then I said, “Ah, Lord God, my person was never defiled; nor have I eaten anything that died of itself or was torn by beasts from my youth until now, nor has foul flesh entered my mouth.” He answered me, “See, I allow you cow’s dung instead of human excrement; prepare your bread on that.”

 

I know what Ezekiel is going through in this punishment. I have experienced it. I cannot describe exactly what Ezekiel went through during those 430 days but I do know what 5 days was for me.

In the second year after the spirit and the person of the spirit of G-d alighted upon me and G-d first spoke to me in 2007 everything changed when G-d told me I was going to sacrifice for 5 days. I had not experienced any crushing, bruising, chastisement or punishment before this. And those are the very words from Isaiah 53.

As I lay in bed the cords of G-d’s power enveloped me. I simply could not move. G-d never stopped talking to me and was explaining to me everything that was happening. He showed me how His power could slowly crush my chest until I could not breath and He let the fear of that overwhelm me.

He used this example to teach and discuss with me Jonah on the bottom of the ocean. He also gave me tremendous visions related to death and was showing me that He could keep me alive without air.

This only took a few hours of the five days. G-d is very creative and there was very little let up in this method of teaching me of His power, the scripture, the Jewish people, fear of Him and the level of pain He would lay on me. I saw His goodness and I saw His backside. A side no man wants to see and hear much less feel. G-d is fearsome and to be feared.

It changed our relationship, how I thought of Him and took a lot of the fight out of my soul. And this process has continued in many ways and experiences over the years. It is how I learned about creation, the scripture and mysteries of heaven while being made suitable for the purposes of G-d.

Ezekiel is told that he is suffering the punishment of the Jewish people. G-d then tells Ezekiel that “I impose on you one day for each year” of their punishment which is armies G-d says he raised up against them, destruction of the first Temple and exile for their disobedience to Him.

You shall bear their punishment really means I am punishing you as they have been punished to make Ezekiel’s forehead like adamant (flint); meaning as hard and tough emotionally as they are and to calm his temperament. To reduce his personal affront to their laughter at him and disbelief that he is actually speaking the words of G-d. To prepare him to be a prophet to the Jewish people in exile.

And what G-d puts me through to learn the scripture and write His words and prepare to speak to the Jewish people as the man described in Isaiah 53 is very involved and emotionally and physically painful. A demanding and harsh teacher is HaShem. At least until I am suitable for His purpose. And out of my anguish I shall see His purpose prosper.

And that purpose which might prosper in Isaiah 53 is the same purpose in Malachi three that might prosper and if not utter destruction will come to the land. Re-counseling the Jewish families to each other through HaShem and Judaism.

This is done primarily by removing the idea that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah and establishing who I am to those that heed, revere and fear HaShem. I am Elijah and it all begins with heralding that the covenant of sin forgiveness of the Jewish people by G-d for a time to come is here as G-d declared in Jeremiah 31 which causes Torah to be written on the hearts of those who revere and heed HaShem as further explained in Malachi 3 and being instrumental in the building of the third Temple for HaShem to return to “quickly”.

The knowledge that the prophecy of G-d in Isaiah, Jeremiah and Malachi are being fulfilled and G-d’s anointed king (leader) has arrived with sin forgiveness for all who revere and heed HaShem who has personal knowledge of the Heaven where the name Israel will endure forever just as the biblical Elijah would, and he is Elijah and the prophet like Moses who speaks to G-d face to face, should go far in reuniting the Jewish people with HaShem and each other.

What Has Not Been Told or Ever Heard

“For they [Kings/Leaders of people] shall see what has not been told them, Shall behold what they never have heard.” Isaiah 52/15 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Commentary:

“They” had not been told by their Sages, wise men, Rabbi’s, Pastors, Priest’s, Pope’s and theologians that G-d’s righteous servant of Isaiah 53 was Elijah. “They” had never heard such a thing.

That Elijah is the HaMoshiach who like Cyrus of Persia is given this name. That Elijah is the prophet like Moses. Or that Elijah is the descendant of King David of the tribe of Judah (Elijah of the Bible is not an Israelite. He is a Tishbite from Gilead east of the river Jordan.)

G-d had Isaiah write this verse knowing full well that the knowledge of these matters could only be known by the man familiar with disease who offered himself for guilt after being crushed by disease and given long life for G-d’s purpose of redeeming the Jewish people when they returned to Israel never to be dispersed again.

And I am that man. These writings are the sign G-d has set forth before me. I do not walk on water, the blind do not see, the crippled do not walk and I do not turn water to wine. None of which have anything to do with the man of Isaiah 53.

With me always is the Presence of G-d and the angel of His Presence who is the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d and the angel of the Covenant of sin forgiveness of the Jewish people for a time to come. I am a man and divine beings. Just like the man Jacob wrestled with all night and declared that he had wrestled with man and divine beings.

And I can explain the following as I am the prophet like Moses:

“To the greatest degree possible for any human being, Moshe’s identity and existence became one with the Creator. He surrendered himself to G-d to the extent that our sages say, “The Shechinah (Divine Presence) spoke through Moshe’s throat” (Zohar vol. 3, p. 232a)—i.e., he was G-d’s veritable mouthpiece on this earth.” —Sefer Hasichos 5749, vol. 1, p. 290, fn.”

And what did Moses hear when God called out to him?

“The great Jewish philosophers try to answer this question literally, some insisting that God spoke actual words and Moses heard them with his ears, while others suggest that God’s “speech” was communicated silently to Moses’ intellect, and only uttered in sound by Moses himself. Maimonides, even as he affirmed the communication between God and Moses as a fundamental Jewish belief, ultimately conceded the mysteriousness of that process:

The entire Torah reached Moses from God in a manner which is figuratively described as “speech.” But no one has ever known how that took place except Moses himself, whom that speech reached. (Commentary on the Mishnah, Sanhedrin, Ch.10)”

How G-d Came to Be

“but God’s wisdom is infinite and unsearchable (Isa. 40:28). He is also the omnipresent God (Ps. 139:7–12), but not as numen, mana, or orenda. Pantheism is likewise negated. He transcends the world of nature, for it is He who brought the world into being, established its laws, and gave it its order (Jer. 33:25). He is outside of time as well as space; He is eternal. Everything must perish; He alone preceded the universe and will outlive it (Isa. 40:6–8; 44:6; Ps. 90:2). The ever-present God is also immutable; in a world of flux He alone does not change (Isa. 41:4; Mal. 3:6). He is the rock of all existence (II Sam. 22:32).”

Judaism: God; from the Jewishvirtuallibrary.org (excerpt).

G-d is Incorporeal

Although many places in scripture and Talmud speak of various parts of G-d’s body (the Hand of G-d, G-d’s wings, etc.) or speak of G-d in anthropomorphic terms (G-d walking in the garden of Eden, G-d laying tefillin, etc.), Judaism firmly maintains that G-d has no body. Any reference to G-d’s body is simply a figure of speech, a means of making G-d’s actions more comprehensible to beings living in a material world. Much of Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed is devoted to explaining each of these anthropomorphic references and proving that they should be understood figuratively.

We are forbidden to represent G-d in a physical form. That is considered idolatry. The sin of the Golden Calf incident was not that the people chose another deity, but that they tried to represent G-d in a physical form.

G-d is Neither Male nor Female

This followed directly from the fact that G-d has no physical form. As one rabbi explained it to me, G-d has no body, no genitalia, therefore the very idea that G-d is male or female is patently absurd. We refer to G-d using masculine terms simply for convenience’s sake, because Hebrew has no neutral gender; G-d is no more male than a table is.
Although we usually speak of G-d in masculine terms, there are times when we refer to G-d using feminine terms. The Shechinah, the manifestation of G-d’s presence that fills the universe, is conceived of in feminine terms, and the word Shechinah is a feminine word.

G-d is Omnipresent

G-d is in all places at all times. He fills the universe and exceeds its scope. He is always near for us to call upon in need, and He sees all that we do. Closely tied in with this idea is the fact that G-d is universal. He is not just the G-d of the Jews; He is the G-d of all nations.

G-d is Omnipotent

G-d can do anything. It is said that the only thing that is beyond His power is the fear of Him; that is, we have free will, and He cannot compel us to do His will. This belief in G-d’s omnipotence has been sorely tested during the many persecutions of Jews, but we have always maintained that G-d has a reason for allowing these things, even if we in our limited perception and understanding cannot see the reason.

G-d is Omniscient

G-d knows all things, past, present and future. He knows our thoughts.

G-d is Eternal

G-d transcends time. He has no beginning and no end. He will always be there to fulfill his promises. When Moses asked for G-d’s name, He replied, “Ehyeh asher ehyeh.” That phrase is generally translated as, “I am that I am,” but the word “ehyeh” can be present or future tense, meaning “I am what I will be” or “I will be what I will be.” The ambiguity of the phrase is often interpreted as a reference to G-d’s eternal nature.

G-d is Both Just and Merciful

I have often heard Christians speak of Judaism as the religion of the strict Law, which no human being is good enough to fulfill (hence the need for the sacrifice of Jesus). This is a gross mischaracterization of Jewish belief. Judaism has always maintained that G-d’s justice is tempered by mercy, the two qualities perfectly balanced. Of the two Names of G-d most commonly used in scripture, one refers to his quality of justice and the other to his quality of mercy. The two names were used together in the story of Creation, showing that the world was created with both justice and mercy.

G-d is Holy and Perfect

One of the most common names applied to G-d in the post-Biblical period is “Ha-Kadosh, Baruch Hu,” The Holy One, Blessed be He.

G-d is our Father

Judaism: The Nature of G-d; from the Jewishvirtuallibrary.org (excerpt).

7I will recount the kind acts of the Lord, The praises of the Lord—For all that the Lord has wrought for us, The vast bounty to the House of Israel That He bestowed upon them According to His mercy and His great kindness. 8He thought: Surely they are My people, Children who will not play false. So He was their Deliverer. 9In all their troubles He was troubled, And the angel of His Presence delivered them. In His love and pity He Himself redeemed them, Raised them, and exalted them All the days of old. 10But they rebelled, and grieved His holy spirit; Then He became their enemy, And Himself made war against them. 11Then they remembered the ancient days, Him, who pulled His people out [of the water]: “Where is He who brought them up from the Sea Along with the shepherd of His flock? Where is He who put In their midst His holy spirit,….. Isaiah 63/7-11 Tanakh JPS 1985.

1When God began to create heaven and earth— 2the earth being unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of the deep and a wind from [“the spirit of”] God sweeping over the water—……
26And God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. They shall rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the cattle, the whole earth, and all the creeping things that creep on earth.” 27And God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1/1-2 and 26-27 Tanakh JPS 1985.

Commentary:

G-d created all things. He created spirit and souls for the purpose of making persons. G-d is the only person in creation who is not spirit and does not have a soul as we think of a soul. G-d is absolute power and absolute thought that fills the universe with no form or shape.

From above it is said:

“G-d transcends time. He has no beginning and no end. He will always be there to fulfill his promises. When Moses asked for G-d’s name, He replied, “Ehyeh asher ehyeh.” That phrase is generally translated as, “I am that I am,” but the word “ehyeh” can be present or future tense, meaning “I am what I will be” or “I will be what I will be.” The ambiguity of the phrase is often interpreted as a reference to G-d’s eternal nature.”

I am Elijah, G-d’s righteous servant described in Isaiah 53 upon whom the spirit of G-d alighted upon in 2007 in fulfillment of Isaiah 11/2 and I am the prophet like Moses. I speak to G-d face to face and type His words as Moses spoke to G-d face to face and wrote His words for the Torah.

G-d’s presence never leaves me. He has been teaching me the scripture and mysteries of heaven for ten years as He chastises, bruises, crushes and punishes me to make me suitable for His purpose.

Long ago G-d told me a simple story to explain the impossible. How did He come to be?

Before all things and material of mass we believe came from a “big bang” He was. He told me He willed himself into being with the words “I am”, and so He was. He had self. And then He said “that I am”, and He was a person. And in the same words depending on the translation of the Hebrew He said “I am what I will be” and that is G-d.

And He was all alone. So then He created spirit and a special soul and from that spirit and special soul He made His constant companion the angel of His Presence, the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d, sometimes called the Holy Spirit.

And then G-d made heavenly angel persons in the same manner except they had bodies and form of elements of His creation and power. The angel of His presence has no form. He is within all of G-d’s spirit. He is the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d and he is an angel.

And then G-d created the universe of material and mass as He created light and He created darkness and He separated the waters above heaven and below heaven.

In the opening of Genesis there is only G-d and the spirit of G-d:

“1When God began to create heaven and earth— 2the earth being unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of the deep and a wind from [“the spirit of”] God sweeping over the water—……

26And God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. They shall rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the cattle, the whole earth, and all the creeping things that creep on earth.” 27And God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

There are no heavenly angels who have bodies mentioned. G-d is talking to His companion of His Presence the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d who is an angel without form or shape.

The spirit of G-d is a person. He has the same image and likeness as G-d. They are both living beings without form and are persons with feelings and emotions. Man, male and female, are living beings with the form of the human body that are persons with feelings and emotions.

The Covenant of G-d’s Righteous Servant and G-d of Isaiah 53

Just as the many were appalled at him—So marred was his appearance, unlike that of man, His form beyond human semblance—Just so he shall startle many nations. Kings shall be silenced because of him, For they shall see what has not been told them, Shall behold what they never have heard. Isaiah 52/14-15 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

But the Lord chose to crush him by disease,That, if he made himself an offering for guilt, He might see offspring and have long life, And that through him the Lord’s purpose might prosper. Out of his anquish he shall see it; He shall enjoy it to the full through his devotion. Isaiah 53/10 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

The Servant songs (also called the Servant poems or the Songs of the Suffering Servant) are songs in the Book of Isaiah. They were first identified by Bernhard Duhm in his 1892 commentary on Isaiah. The songs are four poems written about a certain “servant of YHWH.” God calls the servant to lead the nations, but the servant is horribly abused among them. In the end, he is rewarded. Some scholars regard Isaiah 61:1-3 as a fifth servant song, although the word “servant” is not mentioned in the passage. Bernhard Lauardus Duhm (October 10, 1847 – November 1, 1928) was a German Lutheran theologian born in Bingum, today part of Leer, East Frisia. In 1873 he became a lecturer at Gottingen and subsequently an associate professor of Old Testament studies (1877). In 1888 he relocated to the University of Basel, where he was one of the more influential Old Testament scholars of his time.
From: Wikipedia (edited).

 

Commentary:

 

In Isaiah 52/14-15 the Lord begins to describe His righteous servant of Chapter 53. There were no Chapter breaks in the scrolls of Isaiah and Isaiah 52/14-15 should have been verses 1-2 of Chapter 53.

Judaism today understands the Lord’s righteous servant to be the Jewish People embodied as one man in the name “Israel” the servant of G-d described in prior chapters of the Book of Isaiah.

The servant songs also called the songs of the suffering servant are “songs” in the Book of Isaiah 42/1-4, 49/1-6, and 50/4-9. In these chapters and verses “Israel” the Jewish people are said to be the servant of G-d and in chapters 49 and 50 speak as a single man.

They were first identified by Bernhard Duhm in his 1892 commentary on Isaiah. Bernhard Duhm was a protestant Lutheran theologian of the Christian Old Testament. He includes Isaiah 53 as one of these songs.

Beginning with Isaiah 52/14 and continuing for all of Isaiah 53 is a description of G-d’s righteous servant. It is not a song. It is not Israel speaking as a single man. It does not declare Israel to be the servant. It is the only time the words “My righteous servant” are used by the Lord in the scripture.

Christianity understands the righteous servant to be Jesus.

The servant Israel as the Jewish people from the Babylon exile to its re-gathering in modern day Israel after the Holocaust, and Jesus, do not fit the description of the righteous servant. The man described enters into a covenant with the Lord.

The covenant is that the Lord’s righteous servant will offer himself for guilt to G-d and in return G-d will give him long life and he will see his offspring and that through him the Lord’s purpose might prosper which the righteous servant will see and enjoy through his devotion to G-d and G-d’s purpose.

This covenant was not made with the Jewish people or Jesus. What are we to look for then. How can a man today fit the description of the Lord’s righteous servant in the beginning verses?

“Just as the many were appalled at him—So marred was his appearance, unlike that of man, His form beyond human semblance—”

This is the description of the righteous servant before he startles many nations and after G-d crushes him with disease or by some translations brings him to grief with illness and then he silences Kings (leaders) by showing them what they had never been told or considered.

Judaism accepts the idea of looking at the history of the Jewish People and the Holocaust and Christianity accepts the idea of the Passion of the Christ and Crucifixion to match the description of the righteous servant with his visage or appearance marred and his form beyond human semblance.

How could a man today fit the description of the Lord’s righteous servant in the Book of Isaiah 52/14 with his visage or appearance marred and his form beyond human semblance. Here is one way, using the ideas of Judaism and Christianity for their descriptions of the righteous servant as Israel or Jesus.

If I were to be seen with all of my injuries from accidents and surgical operations at one time, before healing, together with my congenital disfigurement, my appearance would be marred and my form beyond human semblance. This is my history:

I was born premature in the seventh month without the muscles of my right breast and with a disfigured right shoulder and arm, which is thinner and weaker than my left arm. I would have a four-inch wound from surgery to remove tissue above the right breast when I was two years old. I was small and my parents were told I would not live to see the next day.

My feet would have third degree burns from standing on the ashes of hot coals at a Fourth of July celebration when I was four. My right knee would be a gaping wound from being impaled upon a broken glass bottle after being tripped by my dog while running in a field when I was ten.

My left knee would be sliced open from broken glass I crawled over playing a game when I was eleven. My two front teeth would be gone knocked out by a telephone receiver when I was twelve. Each foot would be pierced twice by nails I stepped on at a construction site when I was seventeen.

My torso would be opened from the top of my rib-cage vertically down to the pelvic bone from two surgeries: one to repair a 22 caliber accidental gunshot to my abdomen on the lower right side which pierced my bladder, colon and intestines when I was eighteen; and one to remove an 8 inch malignant cancerous tumor that had burst through my colon and spread to my lungs when I was forty-four. I would be very thin, about 145 pounds and almost six feet tall.

My upper jaw (the teeth, gums and bone) would be severed from my skull from orthodontic surgery with my face swollen to twice its normal size when I was thirty-one. The skin of my chest would be opened from a six-inch circular cut to remove skin cancer when I was forty-three. My left hand would be broken from a fall on a tennis court when I was twenty-eight and broken again walking on stones in a creek when I was fifty-five.

My ankles would be bruised and swollen from severe sprains while playing basketball and running at various ages. My chin would be lacerated from striking a wall at the end of a foot race when I was twenty-one and I would be covered with the childhood diseases of measles and mumps.

That is how a man could fit the description of the Lord’s righteous servant in the Book of Isaiah 52/14 using the accepted ideas of Judaism and Christianity for describing Israel and Jesus, who did not covenant with G-d to offer themselves for guilt in return for long life and to see their children.

“For they shall see what has not been told them, Shall behold what they never have heard.”

That would be me, this piece and “My Midrash of Isaiah 53; Suffering Servant Jesus Christ, Suffering Servant Israel or G-d’s Righteous Servant Keith Ellis McCarty (Elijah)?”, among many other writings posted here.

My Midrash of Isaiah 53; Suffering Servant Jesus Christ, Suffering Servant Israel or G-d’s Righteous Servant Keith Ellis McCarty (Elijah)

ISAIAH 53  (Tanakh JPS 1985)

The witnesses of the righteous servant (verses 1-6)

1 “Who can believe what we have heard? Upon whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

the arm of the Lord: his vindication and redemption. Jesus spoke a prophecy on more than one occasion that he would return in his generation and the eyes of those that pierced him with the spear would see it. It did not happen. His brazen oath to return was not vindicated. Jesus called out on the cross to G-d “why have you forsaken me”. Forsaken means to abandon forever.

2For he has grown, by His favor, like a tree crown, Like a tree trunk out of arid ground. He had no form or beauty, that we should look at him: No charm, that we should find him pleasing.

This could never describe Jesus. Everyone except for certain Jewish religious leaders found Jesus pleasing and charming. A wonderful holy Jewish man who never sinned.

The early sages expected a personal Messiah to fulfill the Isaiah prophecy. No alternative interpretation was applied to this passage until the Middle Ages. And then, a completely different view was presented. This view was popularized by Jewish commentator Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Itzchaki), who lived one thousand years after Jesus.

Rashi held the position that the servant passages of Isaiah referred to the collective fate of the nation of Israel rather than a personal Messiah. Some rabbis, such as Ibn Ezra and Kimchi, agreed. However, many other rabbinic sages during this same period and later—including Maimonides—realized the inconsistencies of Rashi’s views and would not abandon the original messianic interpretations.

Yet to this day, many rabbis persist in citing Rashi as the definitive word on how to interpret the righteous servant of the Lord in Isaiah 53. Others admit the weakness of this view and say that the passage applies to an individual. They usually cite the prophet Isaiah himself, King Cyrus, King Hezekiah, Josiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Moses, Job or even some anonymous contemporaries of Isaiah as the one spoken of by the prophet.

No one cites the obvious individual that I have seen and the correlation between the purpose of G-d’s righteous servant and the purpose of Elijah in the book of Malachi. The man who comes with the angel of the covenant of sin forgiveness of the Jewish people G-d declared for a time to come in Jeremiah 31. Elijah. He brings the redemption. He is the HaMoshiach. He has to be described. Just as the twig of the stump of Jesse of Isaiah 11/2 has to be described.

Rashi’s commentary on verse 2, in his contrary opinion that the righteous servant is Israel the people, for my interpretation of the righteous servant being the descendant of David from Chapter 11, would read: “This man, before this greatness came to him, was a very humble man, and he came up by himself 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. Now shall we desire him?: This is a question.”

Shall we desire him? If the dry land were atheism and his form was a gentile under the Jewish law, the Halacha (in the beginning), would he be attractive to the Jewish people. No. And that is a description of me. Keith Ellis McCarty.

3He was despised, shunned by men, A man of suffering, familiar with disease. As one who hid his face from us, He was despised, we held him of no account.

He was despised, shunned by men: Jesus was not despised and shunned by men. Multitudes followed him everywhere he went. Twelve men left their way of life to follow and care for him. He was loved and highly esteemed. He did have religious enemies and intentionally infuriated religious leaders at synagogue’s and merchant’s at the Temple. But they could not attack him because of his legion of followers.

This verse fits me today. And there will be many more who despise, shun and hold me of no account simply for declaring this truth: I am the Lord’s righteous servant described in this chapter.

a man of suffering, familiar with disease: Jesus wept one time. He is never portrayed as a man of suffering, familiar with disease. Yes, he suffered at death as did legions of others in his time but he was not a man of suffering during his life.

As a colon and skin cancer survivor with over twenty-two surgical scars from many different accidents including a gun shot to the abdomen, emotional scars from a dysfunctional home as a child, and 20 years of head and jaw pain from nightmares and grinding my teeth I am a man of suffering familiar with disease.

None of which prepared me for the suffering I have endured by the hand and power of G-d after I offered myself for guilt to HaShem (though He removed the nightmares and constant head pain).

4Yet it was our sickness that he was bearing, Our suffering that he endured. We accounted him plagued, Smitten and afflicted by God;

Yet it was our sickness that he was bearing, Our suffering that he endured: The sickness is not being righteous. They suffer the sickness of not being in right standing with G-d. I have suffered by the chastisement and punishment laid on me by the hand and power of G-d to make me suitable for His purpose just as G-d does with Ezekiel.

Ezekiel is treated harshly and punished for 430 consecutive days. This punishment is for the sins of the House of Israel and the House of Judah which is the Jewish people. This is the same manner G-d prepares His righteous servant of Isaiah 53. In some translations of Isaiah 53 the words “Through the sin of my people, who deserved the punishment.” and “It is their punishment that he bears” are used instead of “you shall bear their punishment”.

Ezekiel does not relieve the punishment of the House of Israel and the House of Judah or their sins. It describes a great ordeal Ezekiel is being put through to make him suitable for G-d’s purpose to be a prophet to the Jewish people.

We accounted him plagued, Smitten and afflicted by God: This describes a man that G-d does not like, a sinner whose life is full of bad events, sickness and sorrows. It could never apply to Jesus.

A person with flawed features from birth was considered cursed and afflicted by G-d. King David would have nothing to do with the lame, blind and disfigured. I was born disfigured with no right breast with a smaller right shoulder and withered arm.

5But he was wounded because of our sins, Crushed because of our iniquities. He bore the chastisement that made us whole, And by his bruises we were healed.

But he was wounded because of our sins: I have been wounded, crushed, chastised and bruised by the hand and power of G-d to make me suitable for His purpose. That purpose includes being the messenger and herald of the new covenant of sin forgiveness to the Jewish people and a prophet to the gentiles.

6We all went astray like sheep, Each going his own way; And the Lord visited upon him The guilt of all of us.”

And the Lord visited upon him The guilt of all of us: I offered myself to G-d for guilt in return for long life and to serve His purpose. I became the guilt of the world and G-d sentenced me to suffering chastisement and punishment by His words, hand and power until I was suitable for His purpose to make intercession for the many sinners through the teaching of righteousness and as the messenger of the new covenant of sin forgiveness for the Jewish people and anything more that He would have me do.

Isaiah (verses 7-10)

7He was maltreated, yet he was submissive He did not open his mouth; Like a sheep being led to slaughter, Like a ewe, dumb before those who shear her, He did not open his mouth.

He was maltreated, yet he was submissive: Maltreatment is a part of being chastised and punished by the hand, words and power of G-d. It is necessary to break the will of a man and to cleanse, temper and calm his soul. It is a tedious slow process. G-d is the one who maltreated me not man. So I was submissive and did all I was told to do day in and day out. It is the same process as breaking a wild horse for riding, making a convict in prison obey the rules and making a recruit into a soldier in boot camp. The maltreatment is harsh physically and mentally and an emotional roller-coaster. Your soul screams. G-d created the emotions of a human being and a body that responds to them. His method of changing them requires pain and suffering. In nine years I have suffered mental and physical anguish every single day and night. G-d does not sleep and He is relentless. It is G-d’s way of tempering and cleansing the spirit and soul. It is a removal of self will to be made suitable for G-d’s purpose.

He did not open his mouth: Jesus talked until his last breath. In one Gospel Jesus is asked are you going to remain silent and Jesus talks verse after verse in answer to the question.

When G-d revealed himself to me in 2007 He took me from the world, the land of the living and material things. Alone, no more working, no phone, no car, no computer, no law license’s, no bank account, no credit cards, and no money without explanation to friends and family, silent as a lamb. Maltreated is an understatement to how I felt being chastised and punished by the hand and power of G-d.

8By oppressive judgment he was taken away, Who could describe his abode? For he was cut off from the land of the living Through the sin of my people, who deserved the punishment.

By oppressive judgment he was taken away: The judgement against Jesus by Pilate was “not guilty”. To wash his hands of the whole religious controversy Pilate asked the multitude that had gathered what they would have him do with Jesus. Release him or crucify him. The multitude said crucify him. This was not a judgement. He was not taken away he was executed by crucifixion as thousands of Jewish people were.

The oppressive judgement is being guilty and receiving a sentence of maltreatment, chastisement, punishment, bruising and crushing until suitable for G-d’s purpose. A purpose for which I have been given long life. I had the sins and guilt of Israel laid on me that I am not guilty of so that G-d could pronounce an oppressive judgement of maltreatment, chastisement, punishment, bruising and crushing, after I offered myself for that guilt, to be made suitable for G-d’s purpose and receive long life.

Who could describe his abode?: Jesus has a house in the Gospels but it is never described. “And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.” Mark 2/15 King James Version (KJV).

My abode is room and board in return for care and assistance to my elderly parents in a town home in Houston, Texas. What is special about describing my abode is that where I dwell G-d dwells. His presence does not leave me. At least until the third Temple is built.

For he was cut off from the land of the living: Jesus was removed not cut off from the land of the living.

G-d took me away from society and the material things of the world cutting me off from those living their lives with cars and phones and computers and houses and bank accounts and credit cards and money and jobs.

Ezekiel also had the spirit of the Holy G-d who is the angel of His Presence alight upon him and was cut off from the land of the living as he went through this process of refinement of soul and self to be made suitable for G-d’s purpose of being a prophet to the Jewish people.

“A spirit seized me and carried me away. I went in bitterness, in the fury of my spirit, while the hand of the Lord was strong upon me.” Ezekiel 3/14.  “And a spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet. And He spoke to me, and said to me: “Go, shut yourself up in your house.” Ezekiel 3/24.  “As for you, O mortal, cords have been placed upon you, and you have been bound with them, and you shall not go out among them.” Ezekiel 3/25.

Through the sin of my people: The people of Isaiah who are the Jewish people.

who deserved the punishment: I have been punished by the hand, words and power of the G-d of Israel to make me suitable for His purpose. That purpose includes being the messenger and herald of the new covenant of sin forgiveness to the Jewish people. It is for His names sake and His promise to them that He remembers their sins no more and for the building of the third Temple for G-d’s return to Jerusalem.

Ezekiel is treated harshly and punished for 430 consecutive days. This punishment is for the sins of the House of Israel and the House of Judah which is the Jewish people. This is the same manner G-d prepares His righteous servant. The words “Through the sin of my people, who deserved the punishment.” and “It is their punishment that he bears” are used instead of “you shall bear their punishment” in Ezekiel 4/4.

Ezekiel does not relieve the punishment of the House of Israel and the House of Judah or atone vicariously for their sins by lying on his side for 390 days for the House of Israel and 40 days for the House of Judah.

G-d and the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d have come to Ezekiel (Chapter 3/12-15 and 22-27) to prepare him to be a prophet to the Jewish people. The hand of the Lord of chastisement and punishment is infuriating his spirit. His power covering Ezekiel like cords. The Presence of G-d causes Ezekiel to fall to his face. His tongue is no longer his own for he speaks the words G-d would have him speak.

9And his grave was set among the wicked, And with the rich, in his death— Though he had done no injustice And had spoken no falsehood.

his grave was set among the wicked, And with the rich, in his death: Jesus taught that the rich man is almost always a sinner. Being buried with the rich is the same thing as a sinner making his grave with the wicked. This verse simply says the righteous servant of G-d was poor but dies a rich man. Jesus did not die a rich man. The righteous servant of G-d who is given the many as his portion and receives the multitude as his spoil will die a rich man.

10But the Lord chose to crush him by disease, That, if he made himself an offering for guilt, He might see offspring and have long life, And that through him the Lord’s purpose might prosper.

the Lord chose to crush him by disease: Jesus was never crushed by disease (or brought to grief by illness).

The people Israel as one have never been crushed by disease at the L-rd’s choosing. I agree with the sage Maimonides (Rambam) that Israel as one man cannot be G-d’s righteous servant of Isaiah 53. This view has many inconsistencies. Foremost is the idea of a collective offering of the Jewish people to G-d of themselves as a guilt offering in the holocaust by G-d Himself as the Christians believe G-d did to Jesus.

How all of those six million people were first crushed by G-d with disease or otherwise so that they would offer to be a guilt offering under the animal sacrificial atonement and worship laws is never explained. And six million is not all of the Jewish people representing the man Israel. Nor were these six million all people of a life of suffering familiar with disease (53/3).

The only time there was ever a collective agreement by the people of Israel was at Sinai when the Jewish people received the Torah and it did not include an offering of themselves for guilt. And there is no account that the Israelites were crushed with disease by G-d so that they would make such an offer.

This interpretation does not explain how the sins of the Jewish people can be put on all of the Jewish people; why such a covenant with G-d is made and left out of the Torah; why offering oneself for guilt is an animal guilt sacrifice applied to a human being and the man is given long life; or why this is a vicarious sin sacrifice so that the gentiles can share in the world to come.

G-d has shown me how he orchestrated my being shot in the abdomen. The bullet passed through my colon, bladder and intestines. I was eighteen and this is when the doctors said a tumor began growing in my colon based on its size when surgically removed when I was in my early forties shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York. I was close to death and seeing how grief stricken so many relatives were on the news I asked my father for the money to pay for a colon examination. The doctors finally found what was making me so ill and unable to eat. A malignant tumor the size of an ear of corn that had burst through my colon and I was bleeding internally.

To say it crushed me and my life is an understatement.

That, if he made himself an offering for guilt: There are no testimonies in the New Testament that Jesus offered himself for guilt to G-d.

I offered myself for guilt to G-d and the offer was accepted. I did not know what an offering for guilt meant at the time G-d began speaking to me and revealing His power and the weight of His presence. G-d had to teach me the scripture first. One night G-d told me to read Isaiah 53 and when I finished He asked who I thought that was. I said I did not know and G-d said that is you. From there we went back to the first verse and He began to show me how I fit the description and Jesus does not as explained here. I did not know about Ezekiel or the suffering servant Israel at that time. I have learned many of these things as G-d has me type these writings. As He is doing right now in editing this writing and adding more information.

I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been and I have been through many injuries and sorrowful times. I became guilty of sins that were not my own and G-d sentenced me to chastisement, crushing, bruising and punishment until suitable for His purpose. Now my soul has been cleansed and tempered and remains in His power that envelops me always. I was not born with the soul of the Moshiach. G-d took my sinful soul and created the soul of the Moshiach while it rested in me. A soul G-d can dwell with and not be offended.

He might see offspring and have long life: Jesus died in his early thirties unmarried and without children.

My gunshot accident on a ranch in Texas that led to the cancer that crushed me also led to my marrying the girl who lived next door and we had three children.

The Lord (verses 11-12)

11Out of his anguish he shall see it; He shall enjoy it to the full through his devotion. My righteous servant makes the many righteous, It is their punishment that he bears;

Out of his anguish he shall see it; He shall enjoy it to the full through his devotion: Jesus did not come out of his anguish to make the many righteous through his devotion to G-d.

The anguish is the emotional and physical pain I have suffered by punishment in the power of the Lord of Hosts to make me suitable for His purpose. Being suitable for His purpose includes knowledge of the scripture and perfect communication between myself and G-d and the person of His spirit. I am devoted to G-d and His purpose. He has prepared me well through this process of refinement by punishment and teaching me the scripture.

12Assuredly, I will give him the many as his portion, He shall receive the multitude as his spoil. For he exposed himself to death And was numbered among the sinners, Whereas he bore the guilt of the many And made intercession for sinners.”

For he exposed himself to death: Jesus was not exposed to death. He died.

I was exposed to death by a near fatal bullet wound and colon cancer which had spread to my lungs. I was told I was going to die. G-d has told me that by His power I survived and by His power I will have long life. During the refinement of my soul and spirit He has exposed me to death as a part of my offering myself for guilt in vision and in the real world similar to the account of Jonah at the bottom of the ocean.

And was numbered among the sinners: Jesus was without sin.

I was numbered a sinner just like all men and was a sinner who did not know that G-d accepts repentance. I have been brought into righteousness with Him and now He is in charge of everything I do and say to make intercession for the many sinners through the teaching of righteousness and as the messenger of the new covenant of sin forgiveness for the Jewish people.

The Word “Jew” is From G-d, Not Judah

“In the fortress Shushan lived a Jew by the name of Mordecai, son of Jair son of Shimei son of Kish, a Benjaminite. [Kish] had been exiled from Jerusalem in the group that was carried into exile along with King Jeconiah of Judah, which had been driven into exile by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.— He was foster father to Hadassah—that is, Esther—his uncle’s daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The maiden was shapely and beautiful; and when her father and mother died, Mordecai adopted her as his own daughter.”     Esther 2/5-7 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

“But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone; having been told who Mordecai’s people were, Haman plotted to do away with all the Jews, Mordecai’s people, throughout the kingdom of Ahasuerus.”     Esther 3/6 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

A fugitive brought the news to Abram the Hebrew, who was dwelling at the terebinths of Mamre the Amorite, kinsman of Eshkol and Aner, these being Abram’s allies.     Genesis Chapter 14/13 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

God (“Elohim” in Hebrew) has a special purpose in history and has chosen the Hebrews and the Hebrews alone to fulfill this purpose. In order to fulfill this purpose, God has entered into a covenantal relationship with the Hebrews and promises to protect them as a lord protects his servants. As servants, then, the principle duty that Abraham and his descendants owe to god is obedience.     Jewishvirtuallibrary: Who Where the Hebrews (edited).

 

Commentary:

The book of Esther is the only biblical book that does not mention G-d by name. It records no miracles and no direct intervention of G-d at all. In Esther’s story, the Lord redeems His people through the faith and courage of one strategically placed woman and her cousin. All the while, things are happening behind the scenes to bring about the final result.

This is the first time in the Tanakh the term “Jew” is used and it occurs during the second exile of the people Israel from the lands promised to Abraham. All of the Jewish people have been deported to Assyria which becomes part of the Persian Empire of Cyrus the Great, the liberator of the twelve tribes of Israel to return to Jerusalem and build the second Temple.

Mordecai the Jew is of the tribe of Benjamin and his people are the Jews. The name seems to be a derivative form of the word “Judah” but the tribe of Judah and the lands allotted to Judah have nothing to do with the word “Jew”. It is a special word just as “Hebrew” is a special word. Words from G-d for G-d.

The kingdom of Ahasuerus is the Persian empire and includes all of Babylonia which is within Assyria where all of the tribes of Israel had been deported to at one time or another, the last being Judah and Benjamin. (Jerusalem is in the lands allotted to the tribe of Benjamin).

Haman plotting to do away with all Jews throughout the Kingdom of Persia was a plot against all of the people of Israel in those lands. All of the tribes including the priestly tribe of Levi which is thirteen tribes though only twelve were allotted lands of Abraham.

There is no reason to believe that Haman was plotting to do away with only the people of the tribe of Benjamin. The children of Israel are the Jewish people. The Jews are not just people of the tribe of Benjamin.

The word “Hebrew” is like the word “Jew” in the Tanakh. Both are simply introduced into G-d’s stories written by His prophets.

No one is called Hebrew until a fugitive brought the news to Abram “the Hebrew”. Mordecai, son of Jair son of Shimei son of Kish, a Benjaminite is simply described as “a Jew”.

These names identify G-d’s chosen people throughout the world. Just as religious ritual, faith and manner of dress identify them.

G-d knew every single interpretation of every verse in every book of the Tanakh by all the people of the world before it was ever written. It is the script for His creation and His viewing pleasure and His interaction with mankind and the Jewish people.

Elijah the HaMoshiach and the Third Temple for G-d’s Return

4All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,

5Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

6And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,

7And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.     Matthew Chapter 21/4-7 Holy Bible KJV.

 

9Rejoice greatly, Fair Zion;
Raise a shout, Fair Jerusalem!
Lo, your king is coming to you.
He is victorious, triumphant,
Yet humble, riding on an ass,
On a donkey foaled by a she-ass.

10He shall banish chariots from Ephraim
And horses from Jerusalem;
The warrior’s bow shall be banished.
He shall call on the nations to surrender,
And his rule shall extend from sea to sea
And from ocean to land’s end.     Zechariah 9/9-10 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

1But a shoot shall grow out of the stump of Jesse,
A twig shall sprout from his stock.

6The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
The leopard lie down with the kid;
The calf, the beast of prey, and the fatling together,
With a little boy to herd them.

9In all of My sacred mount
Nothing evil or vile shall be done;
For the land shall be filled with devotion to the Lord
As water covers the sea.

10In that day,
The stock of Jesse that has remained standing
Shall become a standard to peoples—
Nations shall seek his counsel
And his abode shall be honored.     Isaiah 11/1, 6, and 9-10 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

1So Israel set out with all that was his, and he came to Beer-sheba, where he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. 2God called to Israel in a vision by night: “Jacob! Jacob!” He answered, “Here.” 3And He said, “I am God, the God of your father. Fear not to go down to Egypt, for I will make you there into a great nation. 4I Myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I Myself will also bring you back; and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.”     Genesis 46/1-4 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

23A long time after that, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites were groaning under the bondage and cried out; and their cry for help from the bondage rose up to God. 24God heard their moaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. 25God looked upon the Israelites, and God took notice of them.     Exodus 2/23-25 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

31See, a time is coming—declares the Lord—when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers, when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, a covenant which they broke, though I espoused them—declares the Lord. 33But such is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel after these days—declares the Lord: I will put My Teaching into their inmost being and inscribe it upon their hearts. Then I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34No longer will they need to teach one another and say to one another, “Heed the Lord“; for all of them, from the least of them to the greatest, shall heed Me—declares the Lord.
For I will forgive their iniquities,
And remember their sins no more.    
Jeremiah 31/34 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

1Behold, I am sending My messenger to clear the way before Me, and the Lord whom you seek shall come to His Temple suddenly. As for the angel of the covenant that you desire, he is already coming.     Malachi 3/1 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Commentary:

The prophet referred to by the unknown writer of Matthew is Zechariah. The prophecy is Chapter 9, verse 9. Verse 10 was not mentioned or fulfilled and they go together. Zechariah was the prophet who saw the destruction of the Temple and the last of the line of the Kings of Judah exiled to Babylon and banished by G-d from ever ruling on the throne of David again.

“Lo, your king is coming to you. He is victorious, triumphant, Yet humble, riding on an ass” has become an end times prophecy as it never was fulfilled. King David often rode on an ass. This means the twig which will sprout from the stump of Jesse described in Isaiah 11 will have a humble nature like Moses.

“He shall banish chariots from Ephraim And horses from Jerusalem; The warrior’s bow shall be banished. He shall call on the nations to surrender”. In the days of the prophets invading forces used chariots for battle in the rural areas, rode upon horses like police in the city and shot arrows with bows to enforce their will upon the people of Israel.

In the days of Zechariah this was the Assyrians and Babylonians. In the days of Jesus this was Rome. Cyrus the Great of Persia the last anointed King of G-d conquered and defeated Babylon freeing the exiled tribes of Israel to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple.

Jesus did ride an ass into Jerusalem but he did not banish the chariots and horses and arrows and swords of Rome. He rode in for his last supper allowing himself to be captured and executed and later Rome destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple despite the noble and gallant wars of the Jewish people which ended at Masada with mass suicide of every man, woman and child rather than be killed by Romans. He was not the anointed King of G-d prophesied by Zechariah or Isaiah.

In today’s world chariots and horses and arrows are much different. They are tanks and armored SUV’s and automatic rifles and nuclear bombs. The invading forces are radical Islam and terrorist organizations like Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic State. The nations threatening war are Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Iran and to rebuild the Temple that would include Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iraq.

The anointed King of G-d prophesied by Zechariah must resolve the Palestinian issue and banish radical Islam from Israel to fulfill this prophecy today. In his day Israel shall rest secure.

For almost seventy years, the same time as the Babylon exile before G-d anointed Cyrus of Persia as his King to rebuild His Temple on His Holy Mount Zion the Jewish people have tried to make peace with an enemy of G-d that seeks nothing but their destruction.

The prophecy of the Jewish Bible is the prophecy of G-d. He thought creation through from beginning to end before He formed it. He knows what the tasks of His anointed King will be.

And G-d knows it is going to take the prophet like Moses, Elijah and the son of David to rebuild His House on His Holy Mount Zion. And that man is the Lord’s righteous servant of Isaiah 53. A firebrand pulled from the fire of refinement by the hand of G-d.

G-d knows that suffering makes Israel a great nation. This suffering made the Jewish people worthy of His Torah that he gave them at Sinai. That is where their suffering in slavery was rewarded and the Torah made Israel a great nation.

By receiving the Torah and being G-d’s chosen people the people Israel have endured greater suffering than slavery in and from the world for thousands of years.

And the reward for that is just beginning. The redemption has begun. Elijah is here.

And I herald the time of the new covenant of the forgiveness of all the sins of the Jewish people declared by G-d in Jeremiah 31/34. It is for the building of the third Temple so that G-d may return to it quickly as G-d declared in Malachi 3/1. The time of Elijah. A time when there is no temple and the Holy children of G-d are to rebuild it for His presence to dwell on earth.

No man alone can do this. But G-d can take a man and do this. A man with a cleansed spirit and tempered soul who no longer has self will and speaks to G-d face to face.

The man who offered his self and soul to G-d described in Isaiah 53 who is given long life for the prosperity of G-d’s purpose of redeeming the Jewish people in the end times.

Elijah, the HaMoshiach.

An E-Mail to Rabbi Tovia Singer on His Midrash of Isaiah 53

 

An E-Mail I sent to Rabbi Tovia Singer at his internet site “Lets Get Biblical” over two years ago:

“Dear Rabbi Singer.  This is from your Facebook Page:

“MY Midrash” Isaiah 53 Jesus or Israel?

April 11, 2011 at 1:33am

This is the first edition of “My Midrash” so I figured I would make it a good one. We’ll start with two stories…..I encourage any and all feedback. If you would like to debate anything that has been presented here, we can do it publicly or through private messages. If you have any ideas for future pieces, I more than welcome your input. Thank you for reading and may the G-d of Israel guide you home. And please don’t forget to share it =)

If you will read the four pieces I have written at Keithmccartymccarty.wordpress.com., you will see that I am not a Christian.  My focus is showing Christians your message.  I am a gentile (I think) and for now I am following the way of Naomi in the Book of Ruth.  Our friendly debate on the issues we have on Isaiah 52, Verse 14 and 15, and Chapter 53, and my view that the spirit of God is a person but not part of a Trinity God Head, would be fresh and invigorating to the clash between Judaism and Christianity.

Any comments would be appreciated.”

 

Tovia Singer never responded to this E-Mail and another I sent along the same lines.

 

I find this to be the most offensive of his interpretation of Isaiah 53:

The offering of guilt in this verse is actually literally translated as guilt-offering. The significance between the guilt-offering and the Holocaust is so astounding, even as grotesque of a thought as it was, I could not over look it. A guilt-offering is defined in Leviticus chapter 7 and goes something like this. The guilt-offering is a fire-offering in which all the parts are to go up in smoke and the hide belongs to the one making the offering. I mentioned before that during the Holocaust Hitler not only burned Jews in the ovens of Auschwitz but he also used their skins as lamp shades and their hair as stuffing for pillows. He sacrificed these people on the alters of ovens and kept their hides as his portion but not until he worked and starved them to death. So after the atrocities of WWII the L-RD’S purpose has prospered because the land that was sworn to us is once again being inhabited by its rightful owners and is awaiting the final ingathering.”

 

This is the entirety of “My Midrash” Isaiah 53 Jesus or Israel? by Tovia Singer:

“MY Midrash” Isaiah 53 Jesus or Israel?

April 11, 2011 at 1:33am

This is the first edition of “My Midrash” so I figured I would make it a good one. We’ll start with two stories. One is concrete historical fact and the other may or may not be true because the only account can be found in the Christian bible. We will just assume for arguments sake, that the historical account found in the Christian bible is accurate.  The first story will be about Jesus(Yeshua or actually Joshua in English not Jesus or Iesous)life and the circumstances surrounding his death and the second story will be about the Holocaust and the undeniable horrors that took place in the concentration camp era. The focus will remain on the parts of the events that pertain to how they fit into the “suffering servant” in Isaiah chapter 53. Details in both stories will obviously be omitted to keep this as clear and concise as possible but only things that have no bearing on the topic being addressed.

Yeshua was a very charismatic man that won the hearts of many poor and depressed people in his day. He preached about hope and love of both G-d and his fellow man. According to the Christian gospels, he was a fisherman and son of a carpenter who fed starving people and beloved by his followers. As Yeshua tells it, the “end of days” was right around the corner and he urged people to repent of their wickedness so they would be spared from G-d’s wrath. Although there are many accounts of him healing sick people, there is not a single account of where he himself was sick, ever. In fact, the only suffering he ever endured was on the day he died. He was tried and beaten on the eve of Pesach (according to John) and on the first day of Pesach (according to Matthew, Mark, & Luke) but we’ll just let that little contradiction slide for arguments sake. No matter what day they want to say he was actually killed, the fact remains that his actual punishment started in the morning (approximately the sixth hour on the eve of Pesach or the first day of Pesach depending on which account you go by) and he died on the cross before sundown so he could be buried before the start of Shabbat. It seems like a very busy day, a trial, a beating, and carrying a cross to where he would utter his final words before eventually giving in to death.  Then he was hung on a cross next to two thieves and then buried in a rich man’s tomb that belonged to Joseph of Arimathea. So even if we say that he suffered from sunrise to sunset, it would only give us a total of approximately 12 hours of suffering before he finally spoke his last words. Those words were “My G-d, My G-d, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew & Mark), or “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” (Luke), or “It is finished” (John) and the point of this is not necessarily what he said because we have three different accounts but that he did not remain silent.

Approximately 70 years ago the world witnessed something that it had never seen before, something so horrific that when it was happening people everywhere were saying, “Who would believe what we have heard?” and it was impossible for people to fathom an atrocity like this happening to anyone in a civilized society. Unfortunately the world was in for a big surprise and so were the 6 million Jews that would endure the worst suffering and deaths ever in history. From 1939 to 1945, Jews from all over Europe and Asia were evicted from their homes, robbed of everything they had, and crammed into disease infested concentration camps where they would be forced into slavery again until they eventually met their ultimate fate, typhus, dysentery, starvation, electrocution, bullets, beatings, the gas, and the ovens. There was no resistance, no counter strike, and even as they were being forced into the ghettos and then eventually the camps, not only could they still not believe what was happening but they went along without making a collective “peep” about it. Wives were ripped away from their husbands and children torn away from their mothers, either taken away to be brainwashed or killed, then buried in mass graves or burned in the ovens.  When they ran out of bullets from shooting the children (because children wouldn’t sit or stand still long enough for them to do it efficiently) they would beat their heads against tree trunks to fulfill the orders of their commanders. They were forced to live in huts surrounded by electrified fences, barbed wire, living like sardines and only receiving enough food to remain conscious enough to perform grueling labor, if they were lucky. The conditions were worse than any prison and it has been described as if they were “the walking dead” because they were literally worked to the bone. There were 2 kinds of deaths that occurred in the camps. The first was an emotional death as their hope and joys were stripped from them with each day that passed and the second was the physical death that the majority embraced as they lost all hope of freedom or redemption. Some even resorted to suicide by running themselves into the electric fences because they couldn’t handle the emotional and physical tortures anymore. Others hung themselves and it was forbidden to save an inmate that was hanging him or herself and yet others clung to the thought that G-d would save them and eventually liberate them as He has before whether it were a physical or spiritual liberation. Of course there were survivors but 6 million perished in the most unthinkable ways. People were shaved from head to toe and the hair was used for pillows and stuffing. Their teeth were ripped out for the gold fillings that were in them. The Nazi’s experimented on live subjects trying to dye their eyes different colors and they even used the skins of people to make lamp shades. Jews were led to believe they were going into giant shower chambers for bathing and then the rooms would be filled with Zyklon B to kill them before they skinned them and then burned them in the crematoriums. Towards the end of the war, they ran out of money to gas them and even started burning them alive. These are the accounts of the tragic suffering that took place during the Holocaust and it was for no reason except that they were Jewish. Jews were not at war with anybody and committed no crime worthy of such punishment. If you want some further reading on the subject, I suggest you read “Man’s search for meaning” written by Dr. Viktor Frankl. He lived this experience firsthand and was familiar with the inner workings of multiple concentration camps including Auschwitz.  Six years worth of immense suffering befell the Jewish people and 6 million lost their lives. That’s an average of 1 million per year but thank G-d it’s over.

I have attached a copy of the text in Hebrew and I will be using the ArtScroll and JPS translations of the chapter because the Bible is both poetic and prophetic and these translations stay true to the contextual and literal interpretation without sacrificing G-d’s poetic license.  Besides, they are the only two English translations I have. At the behest of some of my Christian friends I will be starting in the 52nd chapter, verse 14 in order to be fair to both sides.

52:14 “Just as multitudes were astonished over you, [saying,] ‘His appearance is too marred to be a man’s, and his visage to be human,’”

52:14 “Just as the many were appalled at him – so marred was his appearance, unlike that of a man, his form, beyond human semblance.” (JPS)

Even though Yeshua was whipped and beaten, had a crown of thorns smashed onto his head before he was crucified, he was still healthy. He had no broken bones nor was he starved or sick before he died. Although he was tormented and did indeed suffer prior to his passing, he was not deformed or beyond looking human. The Jews in the Holocaust however were like walking zombies. They were beaten, starved, infected with diseases, and anybody who has ever seen pictures from the Holocaust knows exactly what I’m talking about. Then when they were eventually sent to the ovens and turned into piles of ashes, not only were they “too marred to be a man” but once you are turned to dust and ash, there is no way to tell that you were once even human.

52:15 “so will the many nations exclaim about him, and kings will shut their mouths [in amazement], for they will see that which had never been told to them, and will perceive things they had never heard.”

52:15 “Just so he shall startle many nations. Kings shall be silenced because of him, for they shall see what has not been told to them, shall behold what they never have heard.” (JPS)

I guess we should start with the things that are said about Yeshua that the “nations exclaim about him”. They say that he was a man-god that suffered and died for your sins so you could have salvation. Have we never really heard this before? I’m sure the world would disagree with that because a little research on Horus (son of the virgin Isis that died and was resurrected for all mankind in Egypt) will show you that we have seen this before. Or maybe that G-d would be incarnated as a man? Ask Pharaoh or Caesar or Xerxes or any other ruler of a super power nation that thought he was G-d. You can even ask Barack Obama about how he wanted to descend into Invesco Field on wires for the Democratic National Convention as the messiah that was going to save America in 2008 but decided against it after being advised that it was not such a good idea (wink wink). Wouldn’t it make more sense that these things that would be revealed to us and the things we have never heard would be the attempted extermination of G-d’s chosen people for no other reason than prospering in science, art, literature, and economics? Or even the redemption of the state of Israel after almost 2000 years of exile and the hopelessness that comes with having no home of your own? Most people in the world had no idea what was really going on behind the lines of the Axis powers and what they were hearing, they shrugged off as absurd and unimaginable. It wasn’t even until after the war that most of the horrific atrocities were even brought to light and still people were utterly speechless at the amazement of the things being relayed to them.

53:1 “Who would believe what we have heard! For whom has the arm of HaShem been revealed!”

53:1 “Who can believe what we have heard? Upon whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?” (JPS)

Who would believe that someone would be tried, found guilty and crucified? Well, if you ask the 2 thieves that were crucified with Yeshua if they would believe this, then yes, them and anyone else who was crucified or knew someone who was found guilty and sentenced to a similar death. If the question is, “Who would believe that a man-god would die for the sins of mankind?” then the answer is simple, anyone that believed in Egyptian myths, or Roman followers of Mithra and so on. When we read throughout scripture about the “arm of the L-RD” being revealed, it references the Exodus from Egypt, the freedom from slavery and oppression, and the deliverance of His servant from bondage. This is very important because just as Pharaoh imposed harsher conditions on the Jews prior to the Exodus, he also tried to have all of the Israelite children exterminated. In other words, they suffered greatly before the “arm of the L-RD” was revealed and they were redeemed. After WWII was over and the Jews had suffered worse than any other time in history, the world was somehow compelled to establish the state of Israel and begin the process of redemption from exile back into the land that G-d had promised to our forefathers.

53:2 “Formerly he grew like a sapling or like a root from arid ground; he had neither form nor grandeur; we saw him, but without such visage that we could desire him.”

53:2 “For he has grown by His favor, like a tree crown, like a tree trunk out of arid ground. He had no form or beauty, that we should look at him: no charm, that we should find him pleasing.” (JPS)

This is where Christianity usually insists that this chapter is talking about the Messiah because of the root and sapling reference, except every other time the Messiah is described using these adjectives it is accompanied with Jesse, David’s father. This verse also implies that Yeshua had no form or grandeur if it is talking about him and it also says that people would not desire him but as I stated in the story about Yeshua that he was very charismatic and had quite a few followers. On the flip side of that coin, we can apply this to Israel in more than one way. We can take this all the way back to Abraham when he first left Ur-Kasdim, or when Israelites were slaves in Egypt, or even when scattered all over the globe after all the exiles. Jews had no home or form and had no state or grandeur and seemed to live archaically compared to modern thinking therefore nobody would “desire him”.

53:3 “He was despised and isolated from men, a man of pains and accustomed to illness. As one from whom we would hide our faces; he was despised, and we had no regard for him.”

53:3 “He was despised, shunned by men, a man of suffering, familiar with disease. As one who hid his face from us, he was despised, we held him of no account.” (JPS)

Yeshua was despised by the learned Jews of his day because he taught some things(not all) that were contradictory to Torah but he was not isolated from men. He often gave speeches to crowds and traveled with others but people did not hide their faces from him. In fact, it was the other way around. Not only did Yeshua hide from the Roman soldiers all the time, according to the Christian account, the rabbis at the time hid him also because even though they may have disagreed with him, he was still a Jew. Also, if this verse were about him he would have had to be “a man of pains and accustomed to illness” but suffering for 12 hours and never having a single illness cannot be a fulfillment of this. That would be like saying a man that had never been in a car accident before but just died in one, is “accustomed to car accidents”, and a logical response would be that it would be absurd to make that assessment of the individual who died in the only car accident he was ever involved in. On the other hand, the Jews were despised, put in concentration camps and isolated from men. They suffered many pains, among those were the hunger pains they experienced daily along with the beatings and experimental tortures. They had become accustomed to illness from working long hours in the freezing cold with rags for clothing, undernourished with weakened immune systems, and next to no access for medical care. The only real medical care they experienced was clinical death. They were the ones from whom we hid our faces and pretended that none of this was going on. There is no question the Jews were despised. How else could the world stand idly by and let 6 million of them die at the hands of the Nazi’s unless there was no regard for them.

53:4 “But in truth, it was our ills that he bore, and our pains that he carried – but we had regarded him diseased, stricken by God, and afflicted!”

53:4 “Yet it was our sickness that he was bearing, our suffering that he endured. We accounted him plagued, smitten and afflicted by God.” (JPS)

If you try and force a circle into a square hole, you might get it to fit. That is the only way you could make this seem like it is talking of Yeshua. It might have worked had it said that he bore our sins instead of ills. I could see how it might be construed as him carrying our pains as removing sin from us and that would be quite the burden but G-d tells us how to remove our iniquity in the scriptures of TaNaCh and that is through Teshuvah (return to G-d or repentance). How was Yeshua regarded as diseased? According to Christianity, he cured people of diseases but wasn’t diseased himself. I don’t think the inventors of the “New Testament” had Isaiah chapter 53 in mind when they were penning it or they would have included something about this. One more question. If this is about Yeshua, and Christians believe he is G-d, how is G-d stricken by G-d? If G-d is not only weak enough to die but crazy enough to beat himself up (heaven forbid), then I would definitely think twice about putting my trust and faith in a god like that. If we examine who it is that is actually speaking in this chapter, then this verse, along with the rest of them, would make a lot more sense. Isaiah is relating to the reader that these are the leaders of the gentile nations that stand in amazement and awe at what has transpired. The gentile rulers are realizing the truth that it was their ills and pains that were inflicted on the Jewish people. It was Hitler that said that the Jews were diseased rodents that needed to be exterminated and it was Michael Brown that said the Holocaust happened because the Jews rejected their messiah and therefore were stricken by G-d.

53:5 “He was pained because of our rebellious sins and oppressed through our iniquities; the chastisement upon him was for our benefit, and through his wounds, we were healed.”

53:5 “But he was wounded because of our sins, crushed because of our iniquities. He bore the chastisement that made us whole, and by his bruises we were healed.” (JPS)

It would be dishonest of me to say this doesn’t sound like it fits Yeshua but it only fits when you don’t have an understanding of G-d’s salvation program and only see it through the Christian interpretation of forgiveness. For it to apply to Yeshua, you must first believe that someone other than you is responsible for your sins and that someone else’s death can atone for you. This is however, very far from reality. G-d clearly tells Moshe(Moses) that he may not take the punishment for Israel’s(the nation) sin of the golden calf. They are responsible for their own actions and must repent and make it right for themselves. We see evidence for this early in Genesis(4:7)  “Surely, if you improve yourself, you will be forgiven. But if you do not improve yourself, sin rests at the door. Its desire is towards you, yet you can conquer it.” and that repentance and improving yourself through your actions are the clear cut ways to be forgiven. You may also give charity and when they took the first census, when they gave money to be counted for the people of Israel and that also made atonement for their souls. If we examine this through real world events and with the understanding that not only is human sacrifice forbidden by G-d but we are responsible for our own actions, this is not only not referring to Yeshua but is definitely speaking about Israel as a nation. The leaders of the gentile nations realized that our suffering and dying were the result of their own rebellious sins and that our pain and oppression were a result of their iniquities. They also realized that even though we suffered horrific persecution and near extermination, the chastisement that we bore actually benefitted them. Not only did they have newly acquired wealth but the world started the healing process and entered into the stage of final redemption. Through this atrocity the United Nations was formed and there was finally a worldly establishment dedicated to ensuring freedom and basic liberties to all of G-d’s creatures.

53:6 “We have all strayed like sheep, each of us turning his own way, and HaShem inflicted upon him the iniquity of us all.”

53:6 “We all went astray like sheep, each going his own way; and the LORD visited upon him, the guilt of us all.” (JPS)

It is true that we have all strayed like sheep and gone our own way but Christians will be quick to point the finger at Israel and say this is why it has to be about the need for Yeshua. That would have to mean that all of these things that happened in this portion of Isaiah had happened in the time of Yeshua and also that G-d needs a straight jacket because this would mean that G-d was inflicting G-d again. The Idea that someone can bear your iniquity for you is antithetical to the Hebrew Scriptures. But if this is speaking of Israel as a whole, not only does this make sense for the Holocaust but for other points in the history of the Jewish people also. If you’re thinking that it is impossible for it to be both the Nazi’s and G-d that is responsible for the persecution of the Holocaust then you don’t believe that G-d ultimately controls everything and should probably re-examine your faith.

53:7 “He was persecuted and afflicted, but he did not open his mouth; like a sheep being led to the slaughter or a ewe that is silent before her sharers, he did not open his mouth.”

53:7 “He was maltreated, yet he was submissive, he did not open his mouth; like a sheep being led to slaughter, like a ewe, dumb before those who shear her, he did not open his mouth.” (JPS)

You could say that Yeshua was persecuted and afflicted even if it was only for a relatively short time and he was definitely not quiet while he was dying on the cross. So if you read this verse looking for Yeshua, you will definitely find him but only if you are willing to overlook the “he did not open his mouth” part and it seems that the “he did not open his mouth” is the most important part of this verse considering it is mentioned twice. This again can be applied to Israel as a nation in multiple points of history in almost any of the many exiles. It is ever so present during the Holocaust. It may seem easier to boldly apply it to the Holocaust because it wasn’t that long ago and it’s thoroughly documented but that’s part of the era we live in. Where was the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) to fight off the Nazi’s? That’s right, there was no such thing. Only by the grace of G-d and His promise that the nation of Israel would be ETERNAL and G-d always keeps His promises. As the victims were being led from ghettos to concentration camps to work sites back to camp to their shower (a.k.a. gas chamber) and finally to the ovens or mass graves and bon fires, they said nothing for fear of a beating. They filed Jews into the gas chambers like sheep being led to the slaughter and here they thought they were finally going to get a shower for the first time in weeks, months, or years.  Little did they know the shower was Zyklon B.

53:8 “Now that he has been released from captivity and judgment, who could have imagined such a generation? For he had been removed from the land of the living, an affliction upon them that was my people’s sin.”

53:8 “By oppressive judgment he was taken away, who could describe his abode? For he was cut off from the land of the living, through the sin of my people, who deserved the punishment.” (JPS)

I’ve been told that this reference to Yeshua can foretell his death and “giving up the ghost” or his journey into Hell to rescue Abraham and others from damnation and his ascension up to heaven with his new found souls or even both. What bothers me is the second part of the verse. Here the narrative switches from the singular into the plural. Although the Christian bibles translate “them” as “he” instead of rendering it properly, they purposely mislead the reader to think that this chapter is about Yeshua. If you read it from a Hebrew/English linear Bible it will usually be translated properly or any Hebrew version or Jewish translation for that matter. Not only is there a serious mistranslation here but even if it was still in the singular, it would still be referring to Israel. Now that the Jews are free from the concentration camps and released from captivity and the judgment of their Nazi captors, the world is in amazement, pondering how such things could have happened in such a civilized world.  6 million Jews removed from the land of the living at the expense of none of their own sins. I do not for 1 second believe that they were sinless. Instead I’m saying that they were rounded up and slaughtered without due cause and that was the “my people’s sin” in reference to the leaders of the gentile nations that perpetrated this heinous act.

53:9 “He submitted himself to his grave like wicked men; and the wealthy [submitted] to his executions, for committing no crime and with no deceit in his mouth.”

53:9 “And his grave was set among the wicked, and with the rich in his deaths, though he had done no injustice and had spoken no falsehood.” (JPS)

According to Christian scripture, Yeshua was executed with thieves and buried in a rich mans tomb which is the opposite of what it says in this verse. Whether or not he committed a crime or lied has absolutely no bearing on whether or not this applies to him because the verse has been nullified by the fact that the opposite occurred in the gospel account of the crucifixion and burial. I would also like to point out that if this were talking about the Messiah then he would have to die more than once. The word “executions” can also be translated as “deaths” plural and not in the single death of Yeshua. During the Holocaust there were wicked and righteous Jews just as there are now. But there was no time in history that so many righteous buried and/or cremated with the wicked and in such a wicked way. They submitted themselves because of a faith in G-d that can only be described by the events which have haunted us for centuries. For almost 2000 years we have experienced exile after exile, pogroms, inquisitions, the Holocaust, and even constant scrutiny in this day and age. “Convert, Die, or Get out” has been shouted at us for way too long and we’ve survived because of “emuna” and because of G-d’s promise that Israel would be ETERNAL. The rich and the poor alike were murdered. Not for committing a crime or even for speaking falsely but for being disease infested rodents that needed to be exterminated.

53:10 “HaShem desired to oppress him and He afflicted him; if his soul would acknowledge guilt, he would see offspring and live long days and the desire of HaShem would succeed in his hand.”

53:10 “But the LORD chose to crush him by disease, that, if he made himself an offering for guilt, he might see offspring and have long life, and that through him the LORD’S purpose might prosper.” (JPS)

Not only are we stuck with the same G-d punish G-d situation here as we were before but this one is even more perplexing. Yeshua was supposed to be the sinless, unblemished lamb that died for your sins on the cross and yet it states right here that if he would have acknowledged his guilt, he would see offspring and live long days. The JPS rendering gives a little different twist to an already sticky situation. It says (if this were referring to Yeshua) that the L-rd chose to crush him by disease. I don’t know if you can classify a cross as a disease or not but I don’t think hanging and being crushed are the same thing either. In fact, according to John’s gospel, not a single bone of Yeshua’s body was broken. Of course this was stated so he could be equated with the Passover lamb and John is the only one that compares Yeshua to the Passover lamb. But how could this be speaking about ETERNAL Israel? Very easily. The offering of guilt in this verse is actually literally translated as guilt-offering. The significance between the guilt-offering and the Holocaust is so astounding, even as grotesque of a thought as it was, I could not over look it. A guilt-offering is defined in Leviticus chapter 7 and goes something like this. The guilt-offering is a fire-offering in which all the parts are to go up in smoke and the hide belongs to the one making the offering. I mentioned before that during the Holocaust Hitler not only burned Jews in the ovens of Auschwitz but he also used their skins as lamp shades and their hair as stuffing for pillows. He sacrificed these people on the alters of ovens and kept their hides as his portion but not until he worked and starved them to death. So after the atrocities of WWII the L-RD’S purpose has prospered because the land that was sworn to us is once again being inhabited by its rightful owners and is awaiting the final ingathering.

53:11 “He would see [the purpose] and be satisfied with his soul’s distress. With his knowledge My servant will vindicate the Righteous One to multitudes; it is their iniquities that he will carry.”

53:11 “Out of his anguish he shall see it; He shall enjoy it to the full through his devotion. My righteous servant makes the many righteous, it is their punishment that he bears.” (JPS)

Christians claim that this is Yeshua and his full atonement of sin. That finally he sees that his suffering was worth it. If he was supposed to be G-d in the flesh, how could he be so clueless? As a Jew, my soul can’t help but feel sorry for those that have died giving their last breath to say, “I would rather die than turn my back on G-d and take on idol worship”. I hate to say it but if it weren’t for the horrendous things that were done to the Jews in WWII, we might not even have the state of Israel. The suffering and death to almost half the world’s Jewish population had a meaning after all. It meant we get to start going home. It means the rebuilding of the Temple. It means the ingathering of the exiles. It means the coming of the messianic age. It means that the Moshiach is coming. Now that is vindication!

53:12 “Therefore, I will assign him a portion from the multitudes and he will divide the mighty as spoils – in return for having poured out his soul for death and being counted among the wicked, for he bore the sin of the multitudes, and prayed for the wicked.”

53:12 “Assuredly, I will give him the many as his portion, he shall receive the multitude as his spoil. For he exposed himself to death and was numbered among the sinners, whereas he bore the guilt of the many and made intercession for sinners.”

The unavoidable keeps rearing its ugly head. Why does G-d need to assign G-d a portion if they are supposed to be one single entity? G-d can take whatever portion he wants. Why would he have to assign it to his alter ego? The Christian theme has G-d not being able to be in the presence of sin and thus being the need for the blood of Yeshua to cover that sin before G-d. If G-d is not able to be in the presence of sin, then how can he bare the guilt or the sin of the many if he can’t even be in the presence of it? As for Israel, they were promised this portion and this is just reinforcing the meaning of the suffering that they endured. It is a reminder of the reward to come for staying faithful to G-d and walking in His ways. They may have died like sinners and been counted among the wicked but it was all for the betterment of the world. It was not to completely nullify His covenant with us but a tool He used to fulfill His promise. Even though the oppression was brought on by the sin of others we still pray daily for those that persecute us.

I encourage any and all feedback. If you would like to debate anything that has been presented here, we can do it publicly or through private messages. If you have any ideas for future pieces, I more than welcome your input. Thank you for reading and may the G-d of Israel guide you home. And please don’t forget to share it =)