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    Isaiah 53 (01)

    The fifty-third chapter of the prophecy of Isaiah is a very appropriate topic for Easter time.

    †.Acts 8:29-35 . .Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran to him, and heard him read the prophet Isaiah, and said: Do you understand you're reading? And he said; How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

    . . The place of the Scripture which he read was this: He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: in his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

    . . And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaks the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

    As outrageous as it may seem to Christians, a good number of Orthodox Jews sincerely believe that the righteous servant of Isa 53 is themselves— the corporate body of Yhvh's people —rather than one solo Jew: the New Testament's Christ.

    As a public service just for Easter time, and in the spirit of Philip the evangelist, I offer a brief discussion of Isa 53 in order to put the focus on Christ rather than Yhvh's people. Although the discussion is brief, it still contains quite a bit of material so I'll be gobbling a fair amount of forum bytes getting it all down but it's for a worthy cause as this information will not only prove invaluable to believers; but also to outsiders with questions like Philip's friend in the chariot.