him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
It is often easy to take one phrase from a section of the Bible and try to make it fit our circumstances. How many times have we prayed this way as we are praying for the healing of someone's physical body.
But in reading this passage in context it is clear that the writer is speaking of the healing of our spiritual heart.
|Michelle, WHY kid since Jan 2010|