Read, read and re-read 53. One of the most glorious chapters in Scripture. I don’t think I could single out a verse. This is the gospel.
“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. Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.” (53:11-12)
What comes from all this? The curse reversed, the problem of sin dealt with, our weaknesses removed. Suddenly there is hope, life, beauty and abundance in the places once marked as tragic:
“’Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed; For the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous Than the sons of the married woman,’ says the LORD.” (54:1)
As a single gal, I am enchanted by the LORD’s heart for the childless. There is an inheritance beyond blood, a legacy beyond family, and even she, who has no children can be a victor in this race. Her tent can be larger, her impact wider, her humiliation removed.
“For your husband is your Maker, Whose name is the LORD of hosts; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the God of all the earth.” (54:5)
I’m sure this is a love song to the collective people of God, to Fruitless Israel as indicated in verses 7-9, but I deeply resonate with the imagery and my own experience with the LORD as a husband and the chance to be a Spiritual Mother.
The removal of sting from death, the tearing of the veil between God and Man, it carries ripples of live into our most desperate places. Where we may never had the creativity to hope beyond our circumstances, the LORD paints a new picture and it’s glorious.
“This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.” (54:17b)
Soak up these truths today. Read and re-read. There is life for our death, there is hope for our fear, there is vindication for our shame. His loving kindness will not be removed from you.