YHVH’s Servant

Today, I will finish Isaiah 52 and go through Isaiah 53.  In Isaiah 52:13, YHVH says His Servant will deal prudently.  The Heberew word for prudently is yaskiyl.  It also means to act with insight, wisdom, understanding, or devotion.

The Scripture says that YHVH’s Servant will be exalted, extolled, and be very high.  Who is this Servant?  YHVH’s Servant is Yeshua.  He demonstrated all of the meanings of yaskiyl during His ministry yet He was eventually falsely accused of blasphemy and convicted.  He was sentenced to death and no one protested his execution.  Instead, they yelled, “Crucify Him!”  His appearance was horribly disfigured by those who beat Him and by the crown of thorns that was forced down on His head prior to His death.  Surely, people were appalled at His appearance as was prophesied in Isaiah.

After His death, Yeshua was pierced by a Roman spear which caused His blood and water to flow out of His side.  The blood and water atoned for sin and cleansed people from unrighteousness.  Satan didn’t know it but Yeshua succeeded!  Initially, He was lifted up in shame but one day in the future, He will be lifted up, exalted, and highly honored in the midst of His people!

As Peter, Paul, Barnabas, Mark, Luke and others spread the news of Yeshua to the known world, some people understood and believed Yeshua was the promised Messiah.  Others like King Aggripa, Felix, and Festus would hear about Yeshua but only ponder the information presented.  YHVH also revealed Himself to many people who believed His words; He is still doing this today.  He did this through Yeshua, the arm of YHVH.

Originally, Yeshua grew up as any ordinary child of that time period.  He was not a man who was desired; He wasn’t particularly handsome.  His own people despised and rejected Him.  Despite this, Yeshua grieved over the people He came to save.  He showed His love for them through His teachings, miracles, and death but instead of valuing Him, they only despised Him.  Although people continue to despise Him today, the faithful love Him.

Many Jews and Gentiles do not understand that Yeshua offered Himself as each of the Levitical offerings so they could have fellowship with YHVH.  His atonement covers sin (chattat; inadvertently failing to obey the commands of YHVH) but it also covers the guilt of intentional unrighteousness or crimes. He was an asham (guilt offering) not only for us but was willing to even be an asham for the ones who beat Him.  He took on Himself numerous diseases.  These could have been ordinary diseases that were common to man but He also took on diseases that were most likely a result of the curses of the law.  He did all of this so we could experience complete healing: physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

The Scriptures say that we are like sheep that go astray, each one of us to our own way.  This is what rebellion is.  It’s doing our own thing without concern for those in authority over us or those around us.  Yeshua took the guilt that resulted from doing this away from us—even the guilt we don’t/didn’t feel guilty about.  He bore this guilt for us.

Yeshua’s offering made it possible for us to have peace with YHVH.  The beatings He endured bring healing in our lives today.

Face it, we are independent people who do not want to submit to the Shepherd who knows what’s best for us.  Even so, Yeshua knew the choices we’d make and He still offered His life for us!  This Shepherd took the place of His sheep; He went silently to His death knowing full well what was going to happen before He finally died; He knew that He didn’t deserve to die but still chose to take on Himself the crimes of His people.

Isaiah 53:11 says that Yeshua would see the labor of His soul and be satisfied.  It was horrible to endure unimaginable suffering but to understand He was satisfied with the outcome is amazing.  It lets me know that He would do it again to get the same results.

YHVH says His Servant will have a portion with the great and will divide the spoil with the strong because He:

  • poured out His soul unto death;
  • was considered to be a transgressor;
  • bore the sin of many;
  • made intercession for the transgressors; He wanted the Father to forgive them because they didn’t know what they were doing.

One day, I want to meet people that lived before my time.  I desire to talk with Adam and Eve, Noah, Shem, Abraham, Isaac, Israel, Joseph, Moses, and many others mentioned in Scripture.  I don’t know about you, but more than any of these people, I long to be with Yeshua because He is greater than all of them.  I want to divide the spoil with Him.  I desire to personally thank Him for what He did for me.  I plan to enjoy the peace that comes from knowing my sin and guilt has been atoned for forever.  I intend to delight in the fellowship of breaking bread with Yeshua in person.  I look forward to wearing my robe of righteousness that was made possible because of what He did for me.  I relish the day when I can go for a stroll with Yeshua in the New Jerusalem.  Maranatha, Yeshua!

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The Arm of YHVH

Today, we’ll be looking at Isaiah 51-52.  Chapter 51 begins with YHVH telling those who follow after righteousness to listen to Him.  These are the ones who seek YHVH.

YHVH says, “Look to the rock from which you were hewn, And to the hole of the pit from which you were dug.”  Man was originally made from the earth but he was also created in the image of God.  We are to look to God, seek Him, and be like Him.

YHVH also says, “Look to Abraham your father, And to Sarah who bore you; For I called him alone, And blessed him and increased him.”  At the time of this was written, those who were righteous were the true sons of Abraham.  The same is true today.  YHVH reminded the righteous that He had called, blessed, and increased Abraham.  If this is the case, can we possibly doubt that He’s not capable of doing the same with us today?  Not only that, YHVH was faithful to keep His promises to Abraham.  Certainly, He is faithful to fulfill written prophecy!

By the time of this writing, Zion had wasted away; it had become like a wilderness.  The land had rested during the time of the Babylonian captivity.  YHVH promised to change that; He intended to transform it and make it like the Garden of Eden.  He intended for Zion to be full of joy, gladness, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

As YHVH spoke to His people, He explained several things:

  • YHVH’s people are those who know righteousness; they will wait on YHVH and trust “on His arm.”  They know what righteousness is because the law is in their hearts.
  • YHVH’s righteousness is near; it will not be abolished; and it will be forever.
  • YHVH’s salvation has gone forth and it is forever.
  • The nations will be judged.
  • The wicked are not to be feared.  They will perish and their dead flesh will wither like grass and be eaten by worms.

YHVH stirred up the arm of YHVH to put on strength like in the ancient days.  He says this is the arm that cut Rahab apart and wounded the sea serpent.  Rahab is understood to be a reference to Egypt.  YHVH’s arm also dried up the sea so the redeemed could have a road to walk on.  This arm belongs to the one who gave power to Moses during the exodus from Egypt.

After the mixed multitude crossed the sea, Moses and all the people sang the words found in Exodus 15:1-19. Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron and all the other women began to play their timbrels, dance, and sing:  “Sing to the Lord, For He has triumphed gloriously!  The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!”  (Exodus 15:21)

In a similar manner, God’s people will come to Zion with singing with everlasting joy on their heads. They will be full of joy and gladness.  Surely, they did this when they left Babylon when Cyrus released them from their captivity.  There is no doubt in my mind that something like this will happen again.

Revelation 15:3-4 tells us that John saw those who had victory over the beast standing on a sea of glass playing harps and singing.  They sang the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb.  They sang:  “Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! 4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested.”

Before this time comes, things will not be easy.

In the past, God’s people and their enemies drank from the cup of YHVH’s fury and the cup of trembling.  They will do so again.  Two things will come to Jerusalem:  desolation and destruction.  Desolation will be caused by famine and destruction by the sword.  At the predetermined time, those cups will be given to Israel’s enemies to drink.  They will be forced to drink it.  At this point, it’s hard to imagine it.

Apples on TreeWhen YHVH’s wrath is past, God’s people will put on beautiful garments.  They will be free of their enemies!  Jerusalem and the people of Zion will be redeemed.  They will know the name of YHVH.  Salvation will be proclaimed.  God will reign and that which is desolate will become like the Garden of Eden.

YHVH will bring His people home.  They will depart from their places of exile.  Those who will be carrying the vessels of YHVH are not to touch anything unclean.  Instead, they are commanded to be clean.  They will not have to flee quickly because the God of Israel will protect them by being their rear guard as in the time of the exodus from Egypt.

Thinking about this makes be thrilled at the thought of it.

What should we do in the meantime as we wait for end-time prophecy to be fulfilled?  Times are tough.  Many don’t realize it but America is experiencing the curses of the law.  God’s people need to repent.  That means they need to return to the Torah and start living as YHVH commanded them.  Remember, YHVH’s righteousness and His law are forever.  God’s people can’t change the hearts and behaviors of the lawless but they can change their own.  Pray for selective judgment because it is coming.  Pray for the wicked to turn to YHVH while there is still time.

Do not fear what lawless men can do to you.  They will die and their bodies will wither away.  Patiently wait for the “arm of YHVH” to come.  Keep focused on Yeshua and the Holy Spirit to help you avoid or endure their wickedness.  Ask Abba to supply your every need according to His riches in glory.