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5″Go back and say to Hezekiah, the ruler of My people: Thus said the Lord, the God of your father David: I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears. I am going to heal you; on the third day you shall go up to the House of the Lord. 6And I will add fifteen years to your life…”       2 Kings 20/5-6 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

 

Commentary:

The long life of the righteous servant of G-d is based on G-d’s purpose prospering for through him the purpose is accomplished.

The purpose is never spoken in Isaiah 53.

There has to be a redemption of the Jewish people to the world that has so cruelly treated them according to the essential purpose of G-d in all the stories whether it is symbolized as a Temple coming from the heavens, a King on a throne, peace on earth, unusually long lives, universal belief in Torah, or leopards laying with lambs, etc.

The King Messiah, which means G-d’s anointed from the true line of King David cannot be known without a description.

Like so much of Jewish interpretation of the scripture in the Oral tradition and the stories and ideas of the sages and Rabbi’s today there is disagreement.

There is a reason G-d said 1Be careful to observe only that which I enjoin upon you: neither add to it nor take away from it.

2If there appears among you a prophet or a dream-diviner and he gives you a sign or a portent, 3saying, “Let us follow and worship another god”—whom you have not experienced—even if the sign or portent that he named to you comes true,

4do not heed the words of that prophet or that dream-diviner. For the Lord your God is testing you to see whether you really love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.

5Follow none but the Lord your God, and revere none but Him; observe His commandments alone, and heed only His orders; worship none but Him, and hold fast to Him.

6As for that prophet or dream-diviner, he shall be put to death;………..    Deuteronomy 13/1-6 Tanakh JPS 1985

Jewish teaching today is that the man described in Isaiah 53 is the Jewish people embodied as a man “Israel”. But it no more fits Israel than it does Jesus who was put to death.

This cannot be Israel or Jesus: “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, ….”     Isaiah 53/10 Tanakh JPS 1985

G-d has not crushed or bruised the Jewish people by any means so that they would make themselves an offering for guilt. The Jewish people have never offered themselves for guilt.

And I know what it means only for the reason that I am the man who was crushed by the Lord and I made myself an offering for guilt to Him by covenant.

A covenant sealed and binding by my suffering untold physical and emotional pain in the real and in the spirit by the very hand of G-d as “guilt” to be punished until I was suitable for his purpose.

And a life orchestrated by Him for a testimony of suffering by wounds, bloodshed and scars. A life of emotional and physical pain. The life of the Jewish people.

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