ISAIAH 53: JESUS IS NOT THE SUFFERING SERVANT – Part 23

Did Jesus suffer vicariously for the sins of mankind?
Jesus is often portrayed as suffering vicariously for the sins of mankind.  No support for such a doctrine is to be found in verse 10.  The verse does not say that the servant offered himself on behalf of others.  Absolutely nothing is said about offering oneself for other people’s sins.  

ISAIAH 53: JESUS IS NOT THE SUFFERING SERVANT – Part 22

Making the unsuitable suitable New Testament style
It is alleged that Jesus was spiritually pure and sinless and that his supposed sacrificial death was prefigured in the Jewish Scriptures by images and types (e.g. Isaiah 53, Psalm 22).   But who says he was spiritually pure and sinless?  Who says his death was prefigured in the Jewish Scriptures?  Only the tendentiously self-serving authors of the New Testament and their adherents!

ISAIAH 53: JESUS IS NOT THE SUFFERING SERVANT – Part 21

ISAIAH 53:10

53:10:  “If he would offer himself as a guilt-offering”

The suffering servant as a guilt-offering
Following the initial declaration that it was God’s will for the servant to suffer, the verse is written as a conditional statement.  If condition A is satisfied, then the outcome B will occur.  That is, the rewards of verse 10 are contingent on the servant’s willingness to offer himself as anasham, “guilt-offering.”  

ISAIAH 53: JESUS IS NOT THE SUFFERING SERVANT – Part 20

A medley of secrets, lies and deception
Knowing that Elijah must precede the Messiah (Malachi 3:1, 23), Jesus claimed that John the Baptist was Elijah (Matthew 11:10-14, 17:10-13) even though John himself denied any connection with that prophet (John 1:21).  Jesus’ avowal that the Law will exist “until heaven and earth pass away” (Matthew 5:18) is meant to be misleading. 

ISAIAH 53: JESUS IS NOT THE SUFFERING SERVANT – Part 19

Salvation was reserved for the select few
 Jesus claimed that he revealed the meaning of his esoteric declarations (the parables) only to his disciples (Matthew 13:10-11; Mark 4:10-12, 34; Luke 8:9-10).  Yet even that was untrue. Jesus knew very well that the disciples did not understand everything he told them (Mark 9:32; Luke 9:45, 18:34) and Jesus said and did things secretively so that the multitudes should not understand him.  Why the secrecy?  Why not a public proclamation instead? 

ISAIAH 53: JESUS IS NOT THE SUFFERING SERVANT – Part 14

ISAIAH 53:7

Isaiah 53:7:  “as a sheep that before her shearers is dumb; and opened not his mouth”
The silence that was a bit too loud
Was Jesus humble and silent when he stood before the Jewish officials and then Pilate?  In these encounters, Jesus did not show the humility and silence with which Isaiah describes the servant in verse 7.