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.

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