This morning I completed reading the Book of Judges. Man, if you need a reminder (as if you would) that we are sinners at our core, the story of the Levite passing off his concubine to the mob to ravish throughout the night until she died would probably do the trick. Tomorrow I will begin reading in Ruth, a story I love (and will soon be revisiting in Liz Curtis Higgs' Mine is the Night which is in my TBR books on my Kindle).
Okay, back to the subject of this post. This past week, we in BSF studied the fourth and final "Servant Song" in the Book of Isaiah (chapter 52:13 thru chapter 53:12). By my count, there are 13 prophecies included in these verses that were fulfilled in Jesus. Probably more if you break up the verses into smaller bits, but I'm going by whole verses (which, of course, didn't exist when Isaiah was written).
What an incredibly rich study! This morning, I finished reading the notes that BSF students are given after completing the week's worth of study questions. The notes were fabulous, as always. But these seemed even more so than usual. I wrote in the margin of my Bible the statement in the notes that "Isaiah 52-13 — 53:12 can be called the most important Scripture in the Old Testament." So very true! I plan to camp in the notes for an extra week since spring break gives me the time to do so before I must move on to the next week of questions. I want to look up and meditate over the dozens of New Testament references.
I also think it may be time to put The Passion of the Christ into my DVD player. I confess that I'd never quite wrapped my mind around how horrid all that Jesus went through from the time of His arrest until His death on the cross until I saw this movie in 2004. I needed to be made aware of the complete sacrifice Jesus made on my behalf. And I should always remember that I deserved God's wrath but came to be cloaked in Christ's righteousness instead. What a miracle!
“As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:11, NAS)
Can't help but let thanksgiving well up in my heart over that!
In the grip of His grace,