• First fruits September 26 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, … groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption … the redemption of our body. Romans 8:23 Listen to today's Devotional

    First fruits are the preview of an entire crop. For example, if you grow corn and the first ears harvested are delicious, then you know you have an outstanding crop of corn. The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is the first fruits, the foretaste, of all that we will someday become. Until then, our present existence is similar to the pains of labor before birth.

    Do parents offer to show pictures of the labor and delivery process? Of course not. But they are quick to show pictures of their beautiful new baby. So as we groan now, having these first fruits of the Spirit, we’re looking forward to seeing the picture of our resurrected life with Christ in glory. Are the first fruits of God’s Spirit evident in your life? https://mailchi.mp/4db6a167ae41/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453085?e=9cbe669f39
    First fruits September 26 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, … groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption … the redemption of our body. Romans 8:23 Listen to today's Devotional First fruits are the preview of an entire crop. For example, if you grow corn and the first ears harvested are delicious, then you know you have an outstanding crop of corn. The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is the first fruits, the foretaste, of all that we will someday become. Until then, our present existence is similar to the pains of labor before birth. Do parents offer to show pictures of the labor and delivery process? Of course not. But they are quick to show pictures of their beautiful new baby. So as we groan now, having these first fruits of the Spirit, we’re looking forward to seeing the picture of our resurrected life with Christ in glory. Are the first fruits of God’s Spirit evident in your life? https://mailchi.mp/4db6a167ae41/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453085?e=9cbe669f39
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    First fruits of the Spirit are a foretaste of what we will become in Christ.
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  • 95 Years Since The Assassination Of Dr. DeHaan By The Zionists
    On July 2, 2019, a group of Jews went to visit the gravesite of Professor Yaakov Yisroel DeHaan, the 95th anniversary of his murder at the hands of the Zionists.

    DeHaan was an important political activist who worked alongside Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld in the 1920’s to establish the Eidah Chareidis, the anti-Zionist Jewish community of the Holy Land, as an independent community not represented by the Zionists.

    His many political connections, his mastery of diplomacy and his work with Arab leaders to find a haven for Jews outside of the context of Zionism posed a threat to the Zionists, and in 1924 they assassinated him.

    The inscription on his gravestone reads: “Here lies the exceptional scholar and professor, Dr. Yaakov Yisroel ben Yitzchak Halevi DeHaan, who gave up a promising career and placed his life in danger to fight like a lion and a warrior, fearlessly advocating with all his heart and soul for the establishment of the Orthodox Jewish community here in Jerusalem.

    He was murdered by wicked men in the prime of his youth on Monday night, 29 Sivan 5684 (June 30, 1924). He came to the Holy Land in 1919 and became an ally of G-d-fearing leaders. Through his advice and wisdom he assisted them and accomplished great things. He supported numerous charitable organizations in the Holy Land.”

    Rabbi Leibel Deutsch, a heroic anti-Zionist activist from Jerusalem, led the visit and gave a short speech in honor of Dr. DeHaan:

    It is written regarding Rabbi Akiva, who was killed by the Romans for teaching Torah, Only G-d knows how great his reward in the World to Come is.

    R’ Yaakov Yisroel knew that his work would cost him his life
    and he sacrificed his life in order to break down Zionism, the movement that wanted to erase the existence of the Jewish people.

    Not only did he allow himself to be killed rather than be a Zionist, he also fought against the whole idolatry of Zionism, at the risk of his life and he fought to raise the honor of the Jewish people.

    Certainly his soul now rests in a high place, a place that no eye but G-d can see. Not even the prophets had the privilege to see the eternal reward of those who are murdered for the sanctification of G-d’s name.

    May G-d help that his merit should protect us, especially here, where we are suffering for more than 70 years under this heretical government, which is constantly trying to uproot the Torah, constantly fighting against G-d. We can’t see how we will ever be free of them.

    We need much Heavenly mercy, to remain with our faith, we and our children.

    May G-d help, in the merit of this holy martyr R’ Yaakov Yisroel ben Yitzchok Isaac Halevi, may he pray for us before G-d’s throne, that the complete redemption should come soon, the messiah should already come and we should be able to continue with the true Jewish faith and not be influenced by the nationalism of Zionism and the whole heresy associated with it.

    We should hold on tight to our faith, in the merit of this holy martyr.

    In conclusion, the participants chanted parts of the payers of the Jewish High Holidays:

    Our Father, our King, avenge before our eyes the spilled blood of Your servants!
    Our Father, our King, act for the sake of those killed because of Your holy name!
    Our Father, our King, act for the sake of those slaughtered because of Your oneness!
    Our Father, our King, act for the sake of those who walk through fire and water for the sanctification of Your name!
    #TrueJudaismNOTZionism #YaakovYisroelDeHaan #ZionismNotOfElohim
    https://youtu.be/f9YFUvSXUyo
    Neturei Karta 8/25/19
    95 Years Since The Assassination Of Dr. DeHaan By The Zionists On July 2, 2019, a group of Jews went to visit the gravesite of Professor Yaakov Yisroel DeHaan, the 95th anniversary of his murder at the hands of the Zionists. DeHaan was an important political activist who worked alongside Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld in the 1920’s to establish the Eidah Chareidis, the anti-Zionist Jewish community of the Holy Land, as an independent community not represented by the Zionists. His many political connections, his mastery of diplomacy and his work with Arab leaders to find a haven for Jews outside of the context of Zionism posed a threat to the Zionists, and in 1924 they assassinated him. The inscription on his gravestone reads: “Here lies the exceptional scholar and professor, Dr. Yaakov Yisroel ben Yitzchak Halevi DeHaan, who gave up a promising career and placed his life in danger to fight like a lion and a warrior, fearlessly advocating with all his heart and soul for the establishment of the Orthodox Jewish community here in Jerusalem. He was murdered by wicked men in the prime of his youth on Monday night, 29 Sivan 5684 (June 30, 1924). He came to the Holy Land in 1919 and became an ally of G-d-fearing leaders. Through his advice and wisdom he assisted them and accomplished great things. He supported numerous charitable organizations in the Holy Land.” Rabbi Leibel Deutsch, a heroic anti-Zionist activist from Jerusalem, led the visit and gave a short speech in honor of Dr. DeHaan: It is written regarding Rabbi Akiva, who was killed by the Romans for teaching Torah, Only G-d knows how great his reward in the World to Come is. R’ Yaakov Yisroel knew that his work would cost him his life and he sacrificed his life in order to break down Zionism, the movement that wanted to erase the existence of the Jewish people. Not only did he allow himself to be killed rather than be a Zionist, he also fought against the whole idolatry of Zionism, at the risk of his life and he fought to raise the honor of the Jewish people. Certainly his soul now rests in a high place, a place that no eye but G-d can see. Not even the prophets had the privilege to see the eternal reward of those who are murdered for the sanctification of G-d’s name. May G-d help that his merit should protect us, especially here, where we are suffering for more than 70 years under this heretical government, which is constantly trying to uproot the Torah, constantly fighting against G-d. We can’t see how we will ever be free of them. We need much Heavenly mercy, to remain with our faith, we and our children. May G-d help, in the merit of this holy martyr R’ Yaakov Yisroel ben Yitzchok Isaac Halevi, may he pray for us before G-d’s throne, that the complete redemption should come soon, the messiah should already come and we should be able to continue with the true Jewish faith and not be influenced by the nationalism of Zionism and the whole heresy associated with it. We should hold on tight to our faith, in the merit of this holy martyr. In conclusion, the participants chanted parts of the payers of the Jewish High Holidays: Our Father, our King, avenge before our eyes the spilled blood of Your servants! Our Father, our King, act for the sake of those killed because of Your holy name! Our Father, our King, act for the sake of those slaughtered because of Your oneness! Our Father, our King, act for the sake of those who walk through fire and water for the sanctification of Your name! #TrueJudaismNOTZionism #YaakovYisroelDeHaan #ZionismNotOfElohim https://youtu.be/f9YFUvSXUyo Neturei Karta 8/25/19
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  • Perhaps it’s because Jesus’ message was love and redemption, Mohammad’s message was conquest. Mohammad’s message Not so good for the sake of humanity
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  • White Wellbeing is a Movement of Redemption | Going Free | No White Guilt

    White Wellbeing is a Movement of Redemption | Going Free | No White Guilt

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  • THE GOLDFINCH (02:25)
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    Theodore “Theo” Decker was 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love. In Theaters September 13

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    THE GOLDFINCH (02:25) Warner Bros. Pictures 4.93K Theodore “Theo” Decker was 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love. In Theaters September 13 https://watch.permission.io/s/ExqTbHgJ?referralCode=X3AE54
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    Theodore “Theo” Decker was 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love. In Theaters September 13
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  • MAY ENERGY UPDATES


    Wesak May 19, 2019

    Wesak is one of my favorite times of year, I just love the blending of the Buddha and the Christ with Quan Yin being a chickie buffer in-between them, these are 3 of my favorite spiritual energies. When they come together is it very soft and powerful and every cell of the body can feel the holy dispensations.

    Wesak is the celebration of Buddha's birth/ enlightenment /& death. According to ancient beliefs, the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and left Earthly incarnation under the Full Moon of Taurus. The Buddha returns at this time each year to bring a new Light to the world. Spiritual leaders from all dimensions and times gather in Wesak Valley, high in the Himalayas.

    Wesak is the time in which the Christ gathers the entire Spiritual Hierarchy together in meditation to invoke the healing forces of Shamballa, and The Buddha. The Buddha is the expression of the Wisdom of God, the embodiment of Light and the indicator of Divine purpose. The Christ represents Gods promise and unending Love for humanity. The Wesak is like a holy pitcher pouring out a blessed healing elixir.

    Humanity is in a place of learning to truly see, to create, to make real by looking through the quantum portal, deep into the proverbial rabbit hole. It is time to change the description of what once defined thought. A call to duty is announced to all that are willing to expand. Without playing favoritism with any particular side of creation, exchange the cross for the crown. Encircling what you want with clear intention, dotting your "I AM's" and uncrossing your "t's". Any and all limitations are the source of your power. Any darkness you battle can be a source of power if transformed from lead into gold. What stretches you comes from all sources. You have changed forever never to return to who you once were. You sit perched on a new branch of heart and light awaiting a signal of when it is safe to fly, neither sign, nor signal comes, You must rely only upon your own intuition to move forward.

    As a singularity you sit in a place of great power and sacredness; all that you do or do not do is created by you and you alone. By seeing the existing blessings in your transformative lives you will create a connection for this wave of blessedness to adhere to. The more thoughts you have of blessing what is in your life right now the more energy is generated, and the easier the new connection will be made. Thoughts of thankfulness and gratitude beckon this wave of blessedness; thoughts of negativity repel it. The fruits of all past labors of life and love can be now tasted and supped upon. What was once thought to be lost is found within ones very life. Energy spent in helping others was placed into a universal account that has accrued to mighty proportions. Nothing was ever lost or wasted or tossed away in thoughts intentions, actions of goodness and kindness.

    All actions of inherent good have been counted and accounted for by the universal abacus. All time spent in prayer and kind thoughts for others has been exponentially expanded and multiplied beyond earth's ability to count. A great amount of heavenly rewards finds itself on the road to the masses. Fractals restructure themselves into different patterns of thought as the light within the unexpected and unexplained is turned up so high that even the 3 blind mice can see. You are leaving the energy of what has so distracted you and moving into a place of sharp focus. Chose to see all or nothing, do not turn a blind 3rd eye to any possibility


    I am the Light of Quan Yin

    Quan Yin is such a beautiful expression of the Divine Mother. She is known as the Great goddess and Mother of Compassion and Mercy, and is loved and revered throughout the world no matter religious beliefs . Mercy means there is more assistance given through love than through earned Merit. Kwan Yin is associated with the earth, fertility, birth, and healing. She has brought forth the energies of Magnified Healing. Quan Yin the Goddess of Compassion is often depicted riding on a dragon. She is the eastern counterpart of Mother Mary, she works to balance the feminine energies. She is one of the Lords of Karma representing the sixth ray. Isis carried the same 'mother energy' in Egypt.

    One of the several stories surrounding Quan Yin is that she was a Buddhist who through great love and sacrifice during her life on earth, earned the right to enter Nirvana after death. While standing before the gates of Paradise she heard a cry of anguish from the earth below. Turning back to earth, she renounced her reward of eternal bliss, and dedicated herself to the hearts of the suffering. Following her ascension Kwan Yin made this pledge, "Never will I seek, nor receive, private individual salvation, never will I enter into final peace alone, but forever and everywhere will I live and strive for the redemption of every creature throughout the world from the bonds of conditioned existence

    Quan Yin means ‘One Who Sees and Hears the Cry from the Human World’. Her Chinese title signifies, "She who always observes or pays attention to sounds. she who hears prayers. Worshipped especially by women, this goddess comforts the troubled, the sick, the lost, the senile and the unfortunate. she is now also regarded as the protector of seafarers, farmers and travelers. Quan Yin is depicted as a barefoot, gracious woman dressed in beautiful, white flowing robes, with a white hood gracefully draped over the top of the head and carrying a small upturned vase of holy dew. She stands tall and slender, a figure of infinite grace, her gently composed features conveying selflessness and compassion that have made her the favorite of all deities.

    I am the light of Quan Yin. I come on this day to escort you into mercy and blessings for you are truly a blessing to me. You stretch and dedicate yourself to walk upon the path of enlightenment, which is so often strewn with earthly dangers and physical pains. You are such blessings to me because you try so hard to fly above the earthly pain and suffering into a place you can see with the eyes of your soul.

    You are blessings to me because you continue to pray against all odds. You are my blessings and I come to help you remember the sacred contract that you have made with your body, with your mind, and with your spirit. For the trinity of you is so very Holy. You house the very universe in your physical body. In the time of Wesak when the Buddha and the Christ came together they will not separate their dispensations and heavenly gifts but will become as One, merging transfiguring and shifting, together.

    The Buddha will hold the vibrations of the Christ and the Christ will hold the vibrations of the Buddha. As you merge with them vibrationally you will become like sea water that has been in a jar too long and seeks the ocean. You are becoming, in the fluidness of your future. Allow yourself to be poured into new light assemblies stretching yourself beyond any prior limitations. This is a time for all of humanity to dispense with the contractions, to dispense with the fear, to dispense with anger. Both the Buddha and the Christ come and ask you to disband all that is toxic or negative, release it, and let it go. These Wesak dispensations come to you as cleansing bubbles that clear what has been hardened. Delete what keeps you less than. Dissolve with what keeps you from loving each another. Diffuse what keeps another from loving you. Stop using the excuses of your past to keep yourself powerless in the present. I am Quan Yin and you are my blessings.


    Fluid Creativity

    This power-filled summer will allow all of us the opportunity to align with all that was before known creation. This energy unveils itself in the form of pure undiluted universal possibility. The alpha and the omega and every atom in-between invite you to partake of their distinct truths. You are finally able to enter the ‘free flowing’ experience of all possibility. Learning to truly see, to create, to make real by looking through the quantum portal deep into space and time, takes its toll on your imagination, pushing you past any possible thoughts into the land of ‘fluid creativity.’ It is time to change the description of what once was thought to be possible and redefine that word. Like Dolly Parton said ”honey get off that cross someone needs the wood”, exchange the cross for the crown! Encircle what you want with clear intention, dotting your "I AM's" and uncrossing your karma.

    You have finally come to the realization that your thoughts are the ‘source of your power.’ Any and all limitations are the ‘source of your power’. Any darkness you battle within can be the source of power, if transformed from lead into gold. This year issues a decree that you must become the Heroes. One who rises from battle over and over again and continues to move forward thru sheer will to do good. You have changed forever never to return to who you once were. You sit perched on a new branch of heart and light awaiting a signal of when it is safe to fly, neither sign, nor signal comes, you must rely only upon your own instinct to move forward. As this singularity you sit in a place of great power and sacredness; all that you do or do not do is created by you and you alone.
    MAY ENERGY UPDATES Wesak May 19, 2019 Wesak is one of my favorite times of year, I just love the blending of the Buddha and the Christ with Quan Yin being a chickie buffer in-between them, these are 3 of my favorite spiritual energies. When they come together is it very soft and powerful and every cell of the body can feel the holy dispensations. Wesak is the celebration of Buddha's birth/ enlightenment /& death. According to ancient beliefs, the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and left Earthly incarnation under the Full Moon of Taurus. The Buddha returns at this time each year to bring a new Light to the world. Spiritual leaders from all dimensions and times gather in Wesak Valley, high in the Himalayas. Wesak is the time in which the Christ gathers the entire Spiritual Hierarchy together in meditation to invoke the healing forces of Shamballa, and The Buddha. The Buddha is the expression of the Wisdom of God, the embodiment of Light and the indicator of Divine purpose. The Christ represents Gods promise and unending Love for humanity. The Wesak is like a holy pitcher pouring out a blessed healing elixir. Humanity is in a place of learning to truly see, to create, to make real by looking through the quantum portal, deep into the proverbial rabbit hole. It is time to change the description of what once defined thought. A call to duty is announced to all that are willing to expand. Without playing favoritism with any particular side of creation, exchange the cross for the crown. Encircling what you want with clear intention, dotting your "I AM's" and uncrossing your "t's". Any and all limitations are the source of your power. Any darkness you battle can be a source of power if transformed from lead into gold. What stretches you comes from all sources. You have changed forever never to return to who you once were. You sit perched on a new branch of heart and light awaiting a signal of when it is safe to fly, neither sign, nor signal comes, You must rely only upon your own intuition to move forward. As a singularity you sit in a place of great power and sacredness; all that you do or do not do is created by you and you alone. By seeing the existing blessings in your transformative lives you will create a connection for this wave of blessedness to adhere to. The more thoughts you have of blessing what is in your life right now the more energy is generated, and the easier the new connection will be made. Thoughts of thankfulness and gratitude beckon this wave of blessedness; thoughts of negativity repel it. The fruits of all past labors of life and love can be now tasted and supped upon. What was once thought to be lost is found within ones very life. Energy spent in helping others was placed into a universal account that has accrued to mighty proportions. Nothing was ever lost or wasted or tossed away in thoughts intentions, actions of goodness and kindness. All actions of inherent good have been counted and accounted for by the universal abacus. All time spent in prayer and kind thoughts for others has been exponentially expanded and multiplied beyond earth's ability to count. A great amount of heavenly rewards finds itself on the road to the masses. Fractals restructure themselves into different patterns of thought as the light within the unexpected and unexplained is turned up so high that even the 3 blind mice can see. You are leaving the energy of what has so distracted you and moving into a place of sharp focus. Chose to see all or nothing, do not turn a blind 3rd eye to any possibility I am the Light of Quan Yin Quan Yin is such a beautiful expression of the Divine Mother. She is known as the Great goddess and Mother of Compassion and Mercy, and is loved and revered throughout the world no matter religious beliefs . Mercy means there is more assistance given through love than through earned Merit. Kwan Yin is associated with the earth, fertility, birth, and healing. She has brought forth the energies of Magnified Healing. Quan Yin the Goddess of Compassion is often depicted riding on a dragon. She is the eastern counterpart of Mother Mary, she works to balance the feminine energies. She is one of the Lords of Karma representing the sixth ray. Isis carried the same 'mother energy' in Egypt. One of the several stories surrounding Quan Yin is that she was a Buddhist who through great love and sacrifice during her life on earth, earned the right to enter Nirvana after death. While standing before the gates of Paradise she heard a cry of anguish from the earth below. Turning back to earth, she renounced her reward of eternal bliss, and dedicated herself to the hearts of the suffering. Following her ascension Kwan Yin made this pledge, "Never will I seek, nor receive, private individual salvation, never will I enter into final peace alone, but forever and everywhere will I live and strive for the redemption of every creature throughout the world from the bonds of conditioned existence Quan Yin means ‘One Who Sees and Hears the Cry from the Human World’. Her Chinese title signifies, "She who always observes or pays attention to sounds. she who hears prayers. Worshipped especially by women, this goddess comforts the troubled, the sick, the lost, the senile and the unfortunate. she is now also regarded as the protector of seafarers, farmers and travelers. Quan Yin is depicted as a barefoot, gracious woman dressed in beautiful, white flowing robes, with a white hood gracefully draped over the top of the head and carrying a small upturned vase of holy dew. She stands tall and slender, a figure of infinite grace, her gently composed features conveying selflessness and compassion that have made her the favorite of all deities. I am the light of Quan Yin. I come on this day to escort you into mercy and blessings for you are truly a blessing to me. You stretch and dedicate yourself to walk upon the path of enlightenment, which is so often strewn with earthly dangers and physical pains. You are such blessings to me because you try so hard to fly above the earthly pain and suffering into a place you can see with the eyes of your soul. You are blessings to me because you continue to pray against all odds. You are my blessings and I come to help you remember the sacred contract that you have made with your body, with your mind, and with your spirit. For the trinity of you is so very Holy. You house the very universe in your physical body. In the time of Wesak when the Buddha and the Christ came together they will not separate their dispensations and heavenly gifts but will become as One, merging transfiguring and shifting, together. The Buddha will hold the vibrations of the Christ and the Christ will hold the vibrations of the Buddha. As you merge with them vibrationally you will become like sea water that has been in a jar too long and seeks the ocean. You are becoming, in the fluidness of your future. Allow yourself to be poured into new light assemblies stretching yourself beyond any prior limitations. This is a time for all of humanity to dispense with the contractions, to dispense with the fear, to dispense with anger. Both the Buddha and the Christ come and ask you to disband all that is toxic or negative, release it, and let it go. These Wesak dispensations come to you as cleansing bubbles that clear what has been hardened. Delete what keeps you less than. Dissolve with what keeps you from loving each another. Diffuse what keeps another from loving you. Stop using the excuses of your past to keep yourself powerless in the present. I am Quan Yin and you are my blessings. Fluid Creativity This power-filled summer will allow all of us the opportunity to align with all that was before known creation. This energy unveils itself in the form of pure undiluted universal possibility. The alpha and the omega and every atom in-between invite you to partake of their distinct truths. You are finally able to enter the ‘free flowing’ experience of all possibility. Learning to truly see, to create, to make real by looking through the quantum portal deep into space and time, takes its toll on your imagination, pushing you past any possible thoughts into the land of ‘fluid creativity.’ It is time to change the description of what once was thought to be possible and redefine that word. Like Dolly Parton said ”honey get off that cross someone needs the wood”, exchange the cross for the crown! Encircle what you want with clear intention, dotting your "I AM's" and uncrossing your karma. You have finally come to the realization that your thoughts are the ‘source of your power.’ Any and all limitations are the ‘source of your power’. Any darkness you battle within can be the source of power, if transformed from lead into gold. This year issues a decree that you must become the Heroes. One who rises from battle over and over again and continues to move forward thru sheer will to do good. You have changed forever never to return to who you once were. You sit perched on a new branch of heart and light awaiting a signal of when it is safe to fly, neither sign, nor signal comes, you must rely only upon your own instinct to move forward. As this singularity you sit in a place of great power and sacredness; all that you do or do not do is created by you and you alone.
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  • My take on Isaiah 53

    According to Jewish tradition, Isaiah was writing about the People of Israel personified as The Suffering Servant of the Lord. There are no less than 8 quotations that show this to be the case. Please note that in the following four quotations, all from the Book of Isaiah, it is the People of Israel who are called the Servant of God:

    Notice that the servant is, Jacob, who was named Israel and regarded as a Patriarch of the Israelites.

    Yeshayahu- Isaiah - Chapter 41:8 But you, Israel My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham, who loved Me,

    Yeshayahu- Isaiah - Chapter 44: 21 Remember these, O Jacob; and Israel, for you are My servant; I formed you that you be a servant to Me, Israel, do not forget Me.

    Yeshayahu- Isaiah - Chapter 45:4 For the sake of My servant Jacob, and Israel My chosen one, and I called to you by your name; I surnamed you, yet you have not known Me.

    Yeshayahu- Isaiah - Chapter 49: 3 And He said to me, "You are My servant, Israel, about whom I will boast."

    Isaiah 43:10 is a very interesting verse.

    Yeshayahu- Isaiah - Chapter 43: 10 "You are My witnesses," says the Lord, "and My servant whom I chose," in order that you know and believe Me, and understand that I am He; before Me no god was formed and after Me none shall be.

    The above verse tells us that the Jewish People are plural when G-d uses the term 'witnesses,' but the People of Israel are also referred to in this same verse in the singular in the word, 'servant,' the very same word that we find in Isaiah 53.

    Early in the Book of Isaiah, God predicts the long and difficult exile of the Jewish people. Chapter 53 occurs in the midst of Isaiah's "Messages of Consolation," which tell of the restoration of Israel to prominence as God's chosen people.

    The key to understanding this chapter lies in correctly identifying who is speaking. Though the book was written by Isaiah, verses 53:1-10 are told from the perspective of world leaders. Following in the footsteps of the previous chapter (Isaiah 52:15 – “the kings will shut their mouths in amazement”), these verses describe how world leaders will be shocked with disbelief when God’s Servant Israel – despite all contrary expectations – is vindicated and blossoms in the Messianic age.

    Yeshayahu - Isaiah - Chapter 53

    1 Who would have believed our report, and to whom was the arm of the Lord revealed?

    Rashi’s commentary

    Who would have believed our report: So will the nations say to one another, Were we to hear from others what we see, it would be unbelievable.

    the arm of the Lord: like this, with greatness and glory, to whom was it revealed until now?

    In this opening verse, world leaders are shocked at the incredible news of Israel’s salvation: “Who would believe what we have heard!”

    This verse refers to “the arm of God.” Throughout the Tanakh, God's "arm" (זרוע) always denotes a redemption of the Jewish people from physical persecution. For example, God took the Jews out of Egypt “with a strong hand and an outstretched arm” (Deut. 26:8). (See also Exodus 3:20, 6:6, 14:31, 15:6; Deut. 4:34, 7:19; Isaiah 51:9, 52:10, 62:8, 63:12; Jeremiah 21:5, 27:5; Ezekiel 20:33; Psalms 44:3, 89:11, 98:1, 136:12).

    2 And he came up like a sapling before it, and like a root from dry ground, he had neither form nor comeliness; and we saw him that he had no appearance. Now shall we desire him?

    Rashi’s commentary

    And he came up like a sapling before it: This people, before this greatness came to it, was a very humble people, and it came up by itself 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.

    and we saw him that he had no appearance. Now shall we desire him?: And when we saw him from the beginning without an appearance, how could we desire him?

    Now shall we desire him?: This is a question.

    This imagery of a tree struggling to grow in dry earth is a metaphor for the Jewish struggle in exile. A young sapling in dry ground appears that it will die. The Jews were always a small nation, at times as small as 2 million people, threatened with extinction. In this verse Isaiah describes Israel’s miraculous return from exile, like a sapling that sprouts from this dry ground. This idea appears throughout the Jewish Bible (see Isaiah 60:21, Ezekiel 19:13, Hosea 14:6-7, Amos 9:15).

    3 Despised and rejected by men, a man of pains and accustomed to illness, and as one who hides his face from us, despised and we held him of no account.

    Rashi’s commentary

    Despised and rejected by men: was he. So is the custom of this prophet: he mentions all Israel as one man, e.g., (44:2), “Fear not, My servant Jacob” ; (44:1) “And now, hearken, Jacob, My servant.” Here too (52:13), “Behold My servant shall prosper,” he said concerning the house of Jacob. יַשְׂכִּיל is an expression of prosperity. Comp. (I Sam. 18:14) “And David was successful (מַשְׂכִּיל) in all his ways.”

    and as one who hides his face from us: Because of their intense shame and humility, they were as one who hides his face from us, with their faces bound up in concealment, in order that we not see them, like a plagued man who hides his face and is afraid to look.

    This verse describes the Servant as universally despised and rejected. This has been a historical theme for the Jewish people, as a long list of oppressors have treated the Jews as sub-human (the Nazis) or as a pariah state (the United Nations). See similar imagery in Isaiah 49:7, 60:15; Psalms 44:14; Nechemia 3:36.

    While this description clearly applies to Israel, it cannot be reconciled with the New Testament account which describes Jesus as immensely popular (Matthew 4:25). “Large crowds” of people came from far and wide to hear him speak, and Jesus had to sail into the water to avoid being overrun by the crowds (Mark 3:7-9). Luke 2:52 describes him as physically strong and well respected, a man whose popularity spread and was "praised by all" (Luke 4:14-15). A far cry from Isaiah’s description of “despised and rejected.”

    Although Jesus died a criminal's death, Isaiah is describing someone for whom rejection has spanned the ages – obviously referring to a nation, not an individual who suffered rejection for only a few hours.

    4 Indeed, he bore our illnesses, and our pains-he carried them, yet we accounted him as plagued, smitten by God and oppressed.

    Rashi’s commentary

    Indeed, he bore our illnesses: Heb. אָכֵן, an expression of ‘but’ in all places. But now we see that this came to him not because of his low state, but that he was chastised with pains so that all the nations be atoned for with Israel’s suffering. The illness that should rightfully have come upon us, he bore.

    yet we accounted him: We thought that he was hated by the Omnipresent, but he was not so, but he was pained because of our transgressions and crushed because of our iniquities.

    Throughout the centuries of Israel’s exile, many nations persecuted the Jews on the pretense that it was God’s way of “punishing” the “accursed” Jews for having stubbornly rejected the new religions. In these verses, until the end of the chapter, the nations confess how they used the Jewish people as scapegoats, not for the “noble” reasons they had long claimed.

    Indeed, the nations selfishly persecuted the Jews as a distraction from their own corrupt regimes: “Surely our suffering he did bear, and our pains he carried...” (53:4)

    5 But he was pained because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; the chastisement of our welfare was upon him, and with his wound we were healed.

    Rashi’s commentary

    the chastisement of our welfare was upon him: The chastisement due to the welfare that we enjoyed, came upon him, for he was chastised so that there be peace for the entire world.

    Isaiah 53:5 is a classic example of mistranslation: The verse does not say, “He was wounded for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities,” which could convey the vicarious suffering ascribed to Jesus. Rather, the proper translation is: “But he was pained because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities;” This conveys that the Servant suffered as a result of the sinfulness of others – not the opposite as Christians contend – that the Servant suffered to atone for the sins of others.

    Indeed, 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 (Isaiah 55:6-7, Jeremiah 36:3, Ezekiel chapters 18 and 33, Hoseah 14:1-3, Jonah 3:6-10, Proverbs 16:6, Daniel 4:27, 2-Chronicles 7:14).

    My favorite verses for G-d’s mercy comes from Ezekiel chapters 18;

    Yechezkel - Ezekiel - Chapter 18

    20 The soul that sins, it shall die; a son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, and a father shall not bear the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.

    21 And if the wicked man repent of all his sins that he has committed and keeps all My laws and executes justice and righteousness, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

    22 All his transgressions that he has committed shall not be remembered regarding him: through his righteousness that he has done he shall live.

    23 Do I desire the death of the wicked? says the Lord God. Is it not rather in his repenting of his ways that he may live?

    24 And when the righteous repents of his righteousness and does wrong and does like all the abominations that the wicked man did, shall he live? All his righteous deeds that he has done shall not be remembered; in his treachery that he has perpetrated and in his sin that he has sinned, in them shall he die.

    6 We all went astray like sheep, we have turned, each one on his way, and the Lord accepted his prayers for the iniquity of all of us.

    Rashi’s commentary

    We all went astray like sheep: Now it is revealed that all the heathens (nations [mss.]) had erred.

    accepted his prayers: He accepted his prayers and was appeased concerning the iniquity of all of us, that He did not destroy His world.

    accepted… prayers: Heb. הִפְגִּיעַ, espriad in O.F., an expression of supplication.

    The nations realize that their lack of proper leadership (“shepherd”) caused them to treat the Jews with disdain. They further acknowledge how punishments that should have befallen the nations were averted through Israel’s suffering.

    7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he would not open his mouth; like a lamb to the slaughter he would be brought, and like a ewe that is mute before her shearers, and he would not open his mouth.

    Rashi’s commentary

    He was oppressed, and he was afflicted: Behold he was oppressed by taskmasters and people who exert pressure.

    and he was afflicted: with verbal taunts, sorparlec in O.F.

    yet he would not open his mouth: He would suffer and remain silent like the lamb that is brought to the slaughter, and like the ewe that is mute before her shearers.

    and he would not open his mouth: This refers to the lamb brought to the slaughter.

    In various contexts, the Bible uses the imagery of “sheep led to the slaughter” specifically in reference to the Jewish people. For example: "You give us as sheep to be eaten and have scattered us among the nations... we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered" (Psalms 44:12, 23).

    This verse prophesizes the many hardships – both physical torment and economic exploitation – that the Jews endured in exile. Ironically, this prophecy refers in part to the 11th century Crusaders who "persecuted and afflicted” the Jews in the name of Jesus. In our time, while Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe were "led to the slaughter," they still remained like a "lamb that is silent before her shearers" – without complaints against God.

    8 From imprisonment and from judgment he is taken, and his generation who shall tell? For he was cut off from the land of the living; because of the transgression of my people, a plague befell them.

    Rashi’s commentary

    From imprisonment and from judgment he is taken: The prophet reports and says that the heathens (nations [mss., K’li Paz]) will say this at the end of days, when they see that he was taken from the imprisonment that he was imprisoned in their hands and from the judgment of torments that he suffered until now.

    and his generation: The years that passed over him.

    who shall tell?: The tribulations that befell him, for from the beginning, he was cut off and exiled from the land of the living that is the land of Israel for because of the transgression of my people, this plague came to the righteous among them.

    The phrase, "land of the living” (Eretz HaChaim) refers specifically to the Land of Israel. Thus this verse, “He was removed from the land of the living,” does not mean that the servant was killed, but rather was exiled from the Land of Israel.

    This verse again describes the world’s surprise at witnessing the Jewish return to the Promised Land. "Who could have imagined” that the nation we tortured now prospers? World leaders offer a stunning confession: “Because of my people’s sin, they [the Jews] were afflicted.”

    Here the text makes absolutely clear that the oppressed Servant is a collective nation, not a single individual. This is where knowledge of biblical Hebrew is absolutely crucial. At the end of the verse, the Hebrew word for “they were” (lamoh – לָמוֹ) always refers to a group, never to an individual. (see for example, Psalms 99:7)

    9 And he gave his grave to the wicked, and to the wealthy with his kinds of death, because he committed no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

    Rashi’s commentary

    And he gave his grave to the wicked: He subjected himself to be buried according to anything the wicked of the heathens (nations [mss., K’li Paz]) would decree upon him, for they would penalize him with death and the burial of donkeys in the intestines of the dogs.

    to the wicked: According to the will of the wicked, he was willing to be buried, and he would not deny the living God.

    and to the wealthy with his kinds of death: and to the will of the ruler he subjected himself to all kinds of death that he decreed upon him, because he did not wish to agree to (denial) [of the Torah] to commit evil and to rob like all the heathens (nations [mss., K’li Paz]) among whom he lived.

    and there was no deceit in his mouth: to accept idolatry (to accept a pagan deity as God [Parshandatha]).

    Throughout history, Jews were given the choice to “convert or die.” Yet as this verse describes, there was “no deceit in his mouth” – the loyal Jews refused to accept a pagan deity as their God. Rather than profane God’s Holy Name, they “submitted to the grave” – i.e. chose to die rather than renounce their faith. As such these Jews were often denied proper burial, discarded “to the grave as evil people.”

    Further, wealthy Jews "submitted to his executions, for committing no crime" – killed so that wicked conquerors could confiscate their riches.

    10 And the Lord wished to crush him, He made him ill; if his soul makes itself restitution, he shall see children, he shall prolong his days, and God's purpose shall prosper in his hand.

    Rashi’s commentary

    And the Lord wished to crush him, He made him ill: The Holy One, blessed be He, wished to crush him and to cause him to repent; therefore, he made him ill.

    If his soul makes itself restitution, etc.: Said the Holy One, blessed be He, “I will see, if his soul will be given and delivered with My holiness to return it to Me as restitution for all that he betrayed Me, I will pay him his recompense, and he will see children, etc.” This word אָשָׁם is an expression of ransom that one gives to the one against when he sinned, amende in O.F., to free from faults, similar to the matter mentioned in the episode of the Philistines (I Sam. 6:3), “Do not send it away empty, but you shall send back with it a guilt offering (אָשָׁם).”

    "God desired to oppress” the Jewish people, in order to inspire them to return to Torah observance. If the Jews would only "acknowledge guilt," they would see their "offspring and live long days." This refers to the Messianic era when all Jews will return to Torah observance.

    This verse emphasizes that the Servant is to be rewarded with long life and many children.

    In this verse, the Hebrew word for "offspring" (zera - זֶרַע) always refers to physical descendants (see Genesis 12:7, 15:2-4, 15:13, 46:6; Exodus 28:43). A different word, banim (בנים), generally translated as "sons," is used to refer to spiritual descendants (see Deut. 14:1).

    11 From the toil of his soul he would see, he would be satisfied; with his knowledge My servant would vindicate the just for many, and their iniquities he would bear.

    Rashi’s commentary

    From the toil of his soul: he would eat and be satisfied, and he would not rob and plunder.

    with his knowledge… would vindicate the just: My servant would judge justly all those who came to litigate before him.

    and their iniquities he would bear: He would bear, in the manner of all the righteous, as it is said (Num. 18:1): “You and your sons shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary.

    One’s sins being forgiven through the suffering of another person goes against the basic biblical teaching that each individual has to atone for his own sins by repenting. (Exodus 32:32-33, Deut. 24:16, Ezekiel 18:1-4)

    This verse describes how God’s Servant “will cause the masses to be righteous” – not as some mistranslate, “he will justify the many." The Jewish mission is to serve as a "light to the nations," leading the world to righteousness through knowledge of the one true God. The Jews will accomplish this both by example (Deut. 4:5-8; Zechariah 8:23) and by instructing the nations in God's Law (Isaiah 2:3-4; Micah 4:2-3). As it says: “The world will become full of the knowledge of God, as water covers the sea” (Isaiah 11:9).

    12 Therefore, I will allot him a portion in public, and with the strong he shall share plunder, because he poured out his soul to death, and with transgressors he was counted; and he bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.

    Rashi’s commentary

    Therefore: Because he did this, I will allot him an inheritance and a lot in public with the Patriarchs.

    he poured out his soul to death: Heb. הֶעֱרָה. An expression like (Gen. 24: 20), “And she emptied (וַתְּעַר) her pitcher.”

    and with transgressors he was counted: He suffered torments as if he had sinned and transgressed, and this is because of others; he bore the sin of the many.

    and interceded for the transgressors: through his sufferings, for good came to the world through him.

    This verse speaks of how the Jews always pray for the welfare of the nations they are exiled into (see Jeremiah 29:7). The verse continues to explain that the Jewish people, who righteously bore the sins of the world and yet remained faithful to God, will be rewarded.

    Regarding the above passage, some have claimed that the "suffering servant" cannot be Israel, since Israel has sins. Yet this is a fallacy, since we know that no human being – not even Moses – is completely free of sin. Yet Moses was considered “righteous,” which takes into account not only one's good deeds, but also one's repentance after sin.

    Melachim I - I Kings - Chapter 8

    46 If they sin against You, for (there is) no man who does not sin, and You will be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, and their captors will carry them away captive to the land of the enemy, far or near.

    47 And they shall bethink themselves in the land where they were carried captive, and repent, and make supplication to You in the land of their captors, saying, 'We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness.'

    48 And they shall return to You with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies, who led them away captive, and pray to You toward their land, which You gave to their fathers, the city that You have chosen, and the house which I have built for Your Name.

    49 And you shall hear their prayer and their supplication in heaven, Your dwelling place, and maintain their cause.

    50 And forgive Your people what they have sinned against You, and all their transgressions that they have transgressed against You, and give mercy before their captors, that they may have mercy on them.

    Immediately following this promise of reward for the Jews’ suffering (53:10-12), chapter 54 clearly speaks of the redemption which awaits the Jewish people.
    My take on Isaiah 53 According to Jewish tradition, Isaiah was writing about the People of Israel personified as The Suffering Servant of the Lord. There are no less than 8 quotations that show this to be the case. Please note that in the following four quotations, all from the Book of Isaiah, it is the People of Israel who are called the Servant of God: Notice that the servant is, Jacob, who was named Israel and regarded as a Patriarch of the Israelites. Yeshayahu- Isaiah - Chapter 41:8 But you, Israel My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham, who loved Me, Yeshayahu- Isaiah - Chapter 44: 21 Remember these, O Jacob; and Israel, for you are My servant; I formed you that you be a servant to Me, Israel, do not forget Me. Yeshayahu- Isaiah - Chapter 45:4 For the sake of My servant Jacob, and Israel My chosen one, and I called to you by your name; I surnamed you, yet you have not known Me. Yeshayahu- Isaiah - Chapter 49: 3 And He said to me, "You are My servant, Israel, about whom I will boast." Isaiah 43:10 is a very interesting verse. Yeshayahu- Isaiah - Chapter 43: 10 "You are My witnesses," says the Lord, "and My servant whom I chose," in order that you know and believe Me, and understand that I am He; before Me no god was formed and after Me none shall be. The above verse tells us that the Jewish People are plural when G-d uses the term 'witnesses,' but the People of Israel are also referred to in this same verse in the singular in the word, 'servant,' the very same word that we find in Isaiah 53. Early in the Book of Isaiah, God predicts the long and difficult exile of the Jewish people. Chapter 53 occurs in the midst of Isaiah's "Messages of Consolation," which tell of the restoration of Israel to prominence as God's chosen people. The key to understanding this chapter lies in correctly identifying who is speaking. Though the book was written by Isaiah, verses 53:1-10 are told from the perspective of world leaders. Following in the footsteps of the previous chapter (Isaiah 52:15 – “the kings will shut their mouths in amazement”), these verses describe how world leaders will be shocked with disbelief when God’s Servant Israel – despite all contrary expectations – is vindicated and blossoms in the Messianic age. Yeshayahu - Isaiah - Chapter 53 1 Who would have believed our report, and to whom was the arm of the Lord revealed? Rashi’s commentary Who would have believed our report: So will the nations say to one another, Were we to hear from others what we see, it would be unbelievable. the arm of the Lord: like this, with greatness and glory, to whom was it revealed until now? In this opening verse, world leaders are shocked at the incredible news of Israel’s salvation: “Who would believe what we have heard!” This verse refers to “the arm of God.” Throughout the Tanakh, God's "arm" (זרוע) always denotes a redemption of the Jewish people from physical persecution. For example, God took the Jews out of Egypt “with a strong hand and an outstretched arm” (Deut. 26:8). (See also Exodus 3:20, 6:6, 14:31, 15:6; Deut. 4:34, 7:19; Isaiah 51:9, 52:10, 62:8, 63:12; Jeremiah 21:5, 27:5; Ezekiel 20:33; Psalms 44:3, 89:11, 98:1, 136:12). 2 And he came up like a sapling before it, and like a root from dry ground, he had neither form nor comeliness; and we saw him that he had no appearance. Now shall we desire him? Rashi’s commentary And he came up like a sapling before it: This people, before this greatness came to it, was a very humble people, and it came up by itself 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. and we saw him that he had no appearance. Now shall we desire him?: And when we saw him from the beginning without an appearance, how could we desire him? Now shall we desire him?: This is a question. This imagery of a tree struggling to grow in dry earth is a metaphor for the Jewish struggle in exile. A young sapling in dry ground appears that it will die. The Jews were always a small nation, at times as small as 2 million people, threatened with extinction. In this verse Isaiah describes Israel’s miraculous return from exile, like a sapling that sprouts from this dry ground. This idea appears throughout the Jewish Bible (see Isaiah 60:21, Ezekiel 19:13, Hosea 14:6-7, Amos 9:15). 3 Despised and rejected by men, a man of pains and accustomed to illness, and as one who hides his face from us, despised and we held him of no account. Rashi’s commentary Despised and rejected by men: was he. So is the custom of this prophet: he mentions all Israel as one man, e.g., (44:2), “Fear not, My servant Jacob” ; (44:1) “And now, hearken, Jacob, My servant.” Here too (52:13), “Behold My servant shall prosper,” he said concerning the house of Jacob. יַשְׂכִּיל is an expression of prosperity. Comp. (I Sam. 18:14) “And David was successful (מַשְׂכִּיל) in all his ways.” and as one who hides his face from us: Because of their intense shame and humility, they were as one who hides his face from us, with their faces bound up in concealment, in order that we not see them, like a plagued man who hides his face and is afraid to look. This verse describes the Servant as universally despised and rejected. This has been a historical theme for the Jewish people, as a long list of oppressors have treated the Jews as sub-human (the Nazis) or as a pariah state (the United Nations). See similar imagery in Isaiah 49:7, 60:15; Psalms 44:14; Nechemia 3:36. While this description clearly applies to Israel, it cannot be reconciled with the New Testament account which describes Jesus as immensely popular (Matthew 4:25). “Large crowds” of people came from far and wide to hear him speak, and Jesus had to sail into the water to avoid being overrun by the crowds (Mark 3:7-9). Luke 2:52 describes him as physically strong and well respected, a man whose popularity spread and was "praised by all" (Luke 4:14-15). A far cry from Isaiah’s description of “despised and rejected.” Although Jesus died a criminal's death, Isaiah is describing someone for whom rejection has spanned the ages – obviously referring to a nation, not an individual who suffered rejection for only a few hours. 4 Indeed, he bore our illnesses, and our pains-he carried them, yet we accounted him as plagued, smitten by God and oppressed. Rashi’s commentary Indeed, he bore our illnesses: Heb. אָכֵן, an expression of ‘but’ in all places. But now we see that this came to him not because of his low state, but that he was chastised with pains so that all the nations be atoned for with Israel’s suffering. The illness that should rightfully have come upon us, he bore. yet we accounted him: We thought that he was hated by the Omnipresent, but he was not so, but he was pained because of our transgressions and crushed because of our iniquities. Throughout the centuries of Israel’s exile, many nations persecuted the Jews on the pretense that it was God’s way of “punishing” the “accursed” Jews for having stubbornly rejected the new religions. In these verses, until the end of the chapter, the nations confess how they used the Jewish people as scapegoats, not for the “noble” reasons they had long claimed. Indeed, the nations selfishly persecuted the Jews as a distraction from their own corrupt regimes: “Surely our suffering he did bear, and our pains he carried...” (53:4) 5 But he was pained because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; the chastisement of our welfare was upon him, and with his wound we were healed. Rashi’s commentary the chastisement of our welfare was upon him: The chastisement due to the welfare that we enjoyed, came upon him, for he was chastised so that there be peace for the entire world. Isaiah 53:5 is a classic example of mistranslation: The verse does not say, “He was wounded for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities,” which could convey the vicarious suffering ascribed to Jesus. Rather, the proper translation is: “But he was pained because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities;” This conveys that the Servant suffered as a result of the sinfulness of others – not the opposite as Christians contend – that the Servant suffered to atone for the sins of others. Indeed, 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 (Isaiah 55:6-7, Jeremiah 36:3, Ezekiel chapters 18 and 33, Hoseah 14:1-3, Jonah 3:6-10, Proverbs 16:6, Daniel 4:27, 2-Chronicles 7:14). My favorite verses for G-d’s mercy comes from Ezekiel chapters 18; Yechezkel - Ezekiel - Chapter 18 20 The soul that sins, it shall die; a son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, and a father shall not bear the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. 21 And if the wicked man repent of all his sins that he has committed and keeps all My laws and executes justice and righteousness, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22 All his transgressions that he has committed shall not be remembered regarding him: through his righteousness that he has done he shall live. 23 Do I desire the death of the wicked? says the Lord God. Is it not rather in his repenting of his ways that he may live? 24 And when the righteous repents of his righteousness and does wrong and does like all the abominations that the wicked man did, shall he live? All his righteous deeds that he has done shall not be remembered; in his treachery that he has perpetrated and in his sin that he has sinned, in them shall he die. 6 We all went astray like sheep, we have turned, each one on his way, and the Lord accepted his prayers for the iniquity of all of us. Rashi’s commentary We all went astray like sheep: Now it is revealed that all the heathens (nations [mss.]) had erred. accepted his prayers: He accepted his prayers and was appeased concerning the iniquity of all of us, that He did not destroy His world. accepted… prayers: Heb. הִפְגִּיעַ, espriad in O.F., an expression of supplication. The nations realize that their lack of proper leadership (“shepherd”) caused them to treat the Jews with disdain. They further acknowledge how punishments that should have befallen the nations were averted through Israel’s suffering. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he would not open his mouth; like a lamb to the slaughter he would be brought, and like a ewe that is mute before her shearers, and he would not open his mouth. Rashi’s commentary He was oppressed, and he was afflicted: Behold he was oppressed by taskmasters and people who exert pressure. and he was afflicted: with verbal taunts, sorparlec in O.F. yet he would not open his mouth: He would suffer and remain silent like the lamb that is brought to the slaughter, and like the ewe that is mute before her shearers. and he would not open his mouth: This refers to the lamb brought to the slaughter. In various contexts, the Bible uses the imagery of “sheep led to the slaughter” specifically in reference to the Jewish people. For example: "You give us as sheep to be eaten and have scattered us among the nations... we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered" (Psalms 44:12, 23). This verse prophesizes the many hardships – both physical torment and economic exploitation – that the Jews endured in exile. Ironically, this prophecy refers in part to the 11th century Crusaders who "persecuted and afflicted” the Jews in the name of Jesus. In our time, while Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe were "led to the slaughter," they still remained like a "lamb that is silent before her shearers" – without complaints against God. 8 From imprisonment and from judgment he is taken, and his generation who shall tell? For he was cut off from the land of the living; because of the transgression of my people, a plague befell them. Rashi’s commentary From imprisonment and from judgment he is taken: The prophet reports and says that the heathens (nations [mss., K’li Paz]) will say this at the end of days, when they see that he was taken from the imprisonment that he was imprisoned in their hands and from the judgment of torments that he suffered until now. and his generation: The years that passed over him. who shall tell?: The tribulations that befell him, for from the beginning, he was cut off and exiled from the land of the living that is the land of Israel for because of the transgression of my people, this plague came to the righteous among them. The phrase, "land of the living” (Eretz HaChaim) refers specifically to the Land of Israel. Thus this verse, “He was removed from the land of the living,” does not mean that the servant was killed, but rather was exiled from the Land of Israel. This verse again describes the world’s surprise at witnessing the Jewish return to the Promised Land. "Who could have imagined” that the nation we tortured now prospers? World leaders offer a stunning confession: “Because of my people’s sin, they [the Jews] were afflicted.” Here the text makes absolutely clear that the oppressed Servant is a collective nation, not a single individual. This is where knowledge of biblical Hebrew is absolutely crucial. At the end of the verse, the Hebrew word for “they were” (lamoh – לָמוֹ) always refers to a group, never to an individual. (see for example, Psalms 99:7) 9 And he gave his grave to the wicked, and to the wealthy with his kinds of death, because he committed no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. Rashi’s commentary And he gave his grave to the wicked: He subjected himself to be buried according to anything the wicked of the heathens (nations [mss., K’li Paz]) would decree upon him, for they would penalize him with death and the burial of donkeys in the intestines of the dogs. to the wicked: According to the will of the wicked, he was willing to be buried, and he would not deny the living God. and to the wealthy with his kinds of death: and to the will of the ruler he subjected himself to all kinds of death that he decreed upon him, because he did not wish to agree to (denial) [of the Torah] to commit evil and to rob like all the heathens (nations [mss., K’li Paz]) among whom he lived. and there was no deceit in his mouth: to accept idolatry (to accept a pagan deity as God [Parshandatha]). Throughout history, Jews were given the choice to “convert or die.” Yet as this verse describes, there was “no deceit in his mouth” – the loyal Jews refused to accept a pagan deity as their God. Rather than profane God’s Holy Name, they “submitted to the grave” – i.e. chose to die rather than renounce their faith. As such these Jews were often denied proper burial, discarded “to the grave as evil people.” Further, wealthy Jews "submitted to his executions, for committing no crime" – killed so that wicked conquerors could confiscate their riches. 10 And the Lord wished to crush him, He made him ill; if his soul makes itself restitution, he shall see children, he shall prolong his days, and God's purpose shall prosper in his hand. Rashi’s commentary And the Lord wished to crush him, He made him ill: The Holy One, blessed be He, wished to crush him and to cause him to repent; therefore, he made him ill. If his soul makes itself restitution, etc.: Said the Holy One, blessed be He, “I will see, if his soul will be given and delivered with My holiness to return it to Me as restitution for all that he betrayed Me, I will pay him his recompense, and he will see children, etc.” This word אָשָׁם is an expression of ransom that one gives to the one against when he sinned, amende in O.F., to free from faults, similar to the matter mentioned in the episode of the Philistines (I Sam. 6:3), “Do not send it away empty, but you shall send back with it a guilt offering (אָשָׁם).” "God desired to oppress” the Jewish people, in order to inspire them to return to Torah observance. If the Jews would only "acknowledge guilt," they would see their "offspring and live long days." This refers to the Messianic era when all Jews will return to Torah observance. This verse emphasizes that the Servant is to be rewarded with long life and many children. In this verse, the Hebrew word for "offspring" (zera - זֶרַע) always refers to physical descendants (see Genesis 12:7, 15:2-4, 15:13, 46:6; Exodus 28:43). A different word, banim (בנים), generally translated as "sons," is used to refer to spiritual descendants (see Deut. 14:1). 11 From the toil of his soul he would see, he would be satisfied; with his knowledge My servant would vindicate the just for many, and their iniquities he would bear. Rashi’s commentary From the toil of his soul: he would eat and be satisfied, and he would not rob and plunder. with his knowledge… would vindicate the just: My servant would judge justly all those who came to litigate before him. and their iniquities he would bear: He would bear, in the manner of all the righteous, as it is said (Num. 18:1): “You and your sons shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary. One’s sins being forgiven through the suffering of another person goes against the basic biblical teaching that each individual has to atone for his own sins by repenting. (Exodus 32:32-33, Deut. 24:16, Ezekiel 18:1-4) This verse describes how God’s Servant “will cause the masses to be righteous” – not as some mistranslate, “he will justify the many." The Jewish mission is to serve as a "light to the nations," leading the world to righteousness through knowledge of the one true God. The Jews will accomplish this both by example (Deut. 4:5-8; Zechariah 8:23) and by instructing the nations in God's Law (Isaiah 2:3-4; Micah 4:2-3). As it says: “The world will become full of the knowledge of God, as water covers the sea” (Isaiah 11:9). 12 Therefore, I will allot him a portion in public, and with the strong he shall share plunder, because he poured out his soul to death, and with transgressors he was counted; and he bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors. Rashi’s commentary Therefore: Because he did this, I will allot him an inheritance and a lot in public with the Patriarchs. he poured out his soul to death: Heb. הֶעֱרָה. An expression like (Gen. 24: 20), “And she emptied (וַתְּעַר) her pitcher.” and with transgressors he was counted: He suffered torments as if he had sinned and transgressed, and this is because of others; he bore the sin of the many. and interceded for the transgressors: through his sufferings, for good came to the world through him. This verse speaks of how the Jews always pray for the welfare of the nations they are exiled into (see Jeremiah 29:7). The verse continues to explain that the Jewish people, who righteously bore the sins of the world and yet remained faithful to God, will be rewarded. Regarding the above passage, some have claimed that the "suffering servant" cannot be Israel, since Israel has sins. Yet this is a fallacy, since we know that no human being – not even Moses – is completely free of sin. Yet Moses was considered “righteous,” which takes into account not only one's good deeds, but also one's repentance after sin. Melachim I - I Kings - Chapter 8 46 If they sin against You, for (there is) no man who does not sin, and You will be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, and their captors will carry them away captive to the land of the enemy, far or near. 47 And they shall bethink themselves in the land where they were carried captive, and repent, and make supplication to You in the land of their captors, saying, 'We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness.' 48 And they shall return to You with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies, who led them away captive, and pray to You toward their land, which You gave to their fathers, the city that You have chosen, and the house which I have built for Your Name. 49 And you shall hear their prayer and their supplication in heaven, Your dwelling place, and maintain their cause. 50 And forgive Your people what they have sinned against You, and all their transgressions that they have transgressed against You, and give mercy before their captors, that they may have mercy on them. Immediately following this promise of reward for the Jews’ suffering (53:10-12), chapter 54 clearly speaks of the redemption which awaits the Jewish people.
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