2003-04-19 - The Resurrection of the Old Testament
Originally Published 1999-04-10Please note: Part 2 of this devotional will be send on Saturday night.
Among all people, regardless of who they are or where they live, there is in every heart a hope of life beyond the present one. If there were no existence beyond this life, man would have to view his Earthly journey as being only a dismal failure - for here, one must face the realities of diminishing physical power, increasing physical ailments --and finally death !! So join with me and praise God that there IS hope to be found in the Scriptures.
King David was given a preview of the resurrection of Jesus the Messiah. He expresses an assurance that he would see and hear from the Lord after death, with his heart's desire fulfilled completely. All things sought and hoped for would be realized in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalm 16:8-11- I have set Jehovah always before me: Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth. My flesh also shall dwell in safety. 10 For thou wilt not leave my soul to Sheol; neither wilt thou suffer thy holy one to see corruption. 11 Thou wilt show me the path of life. In thy presence is fulness of joy; in thy right hand, there are pleasures for evermore.
Psalm 17:15 As for me, I shall behold thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with beholding thy form.
THE PROPHET ISAIAH FORESAW THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS
Isaiah 52:13-53:12 contains the great Servant passage of his prophecy, and gives an outline of the entire redemptive career of the Lord.
Verse 13 tells of his pure holy life
Verse14 describes His crucifixion
Verse 15 speaks of His second coming, when the people and rulers will stand amazed at His honor, glory and wisdom.
Isaiah then goes into detail concerning this wonderful prophecy.
Isaiah 53:1-3 Who hath believed our message? And to whom hath the arm of Jehovah been revealed? 2 For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground:. He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He was despised, and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:. And as one from whom men hide their face, he was despised; and we esteemed him not.
Is 53:1-3 predicts the Lord Jesus, upon his appearance, would not be recognized by His own people ( the Jews). They would misunderstand Him and despise him.
Isaiah 53 :4-9 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes, we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and Jehovah hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted, he opened not his mouth. As a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment, he was taken away; and as for his generation, who among them considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due? 9 And they made his grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in his death; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Is 53:4-9 foretells the death of Messiah as well as the oral, penitential confession the nation of Israel will make when she clearly understands the given facts about the Messiah. Those of the nation who are living at that time - will repudiate their national sin. They will acknowledge Jesus and confess Him to be the Messiah, who died in their behalf.
Is 53:10 -12 foretells the death resurrection and eternal existence of Messiah.
Isaiah 53: 10-12 Yet it pleased Jehovah to bruise him; he hath put him to grief. When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of Jehovah shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied. By the knowledge of himself shall my righteous servant justify many; and he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. Yet he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
In His Service,