Understanding Prophecy - 1st Coming of Christ - David Yamartino - 12 Para

He Hath Borne Our Griefs (40:1)

Verse from Old Testament (40:2)

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. (isa 53:4) (40:3) see

Predictions (40:4)

This verse appears to be simply a statement, not a prophecy. This would clearly seem to refer to someone who had suffered, but gives no details as to his suffering. It also seems to refer to either rejection by the people or simply disregard or ungratefulness for one who had suffered for their sakes (40:5)

It seems to imply that the station or qualities of the person spoken of had not been recognized or appreciated. The words "yet we did esteem him.. " seem to indicate some sort of error in judgement on the part of the observer (40:6)

Fulfillment (40:7)

When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: (40:8)

That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. (mat 8:16-17) (40:9) see

Commentary (40:10)

Although it remained hidden until after the coming of Christ, Isaiah here foretells both the suffering of Christ and His healing ministry - both recognized now as signs of His glory (40:11)

Speaking in the past tense, once again, it offered no help in predicting how the Christ would come. It could not have been recognized as a prophecy pointing to the Messiah, nor could it have led one to recognize Him (40:12)

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Understanding Prophecy - 1st Coming of Christ - David Yamartino