Reading Isaiah’s MInd Chapter 53 verses 1 – 12**

1. Who will believe (sustain; support; bear; care about) the authorized (officially empowered; formally-sanctioned; warranted; justified) message of this (our) generation of Israel’s people? Unto whom has the arm  (strength; might; “holpen; “help”; power) of the Lord been revealed (affirmed; manifested;  declared; acknowledged; displayed; unveiled; laid-bare; exposed)? . . . . . 2. My servant sprung-up (was released from a constraining, repressing or […]

1. Who will believe (sustain; support; bear; care about) the authorized Image result for authorized(officially empowered; formally-sanctioned; warranted; justified) message of this (our) generation of Israel’s people? Unto whom has the arm  (strength; might; “holpen; “help”; power) of the Lord been revealed (affirmed; manifested;  declared; acknowledged; displayed; unveiled; laid-bare; exposed)?

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2. My servant sprung-up (was released from a constraining, repressing or confining housing or shell, as if by resilience or the process of “spring” *) like a tender (sensitive; young; delicate;  fragile; impressionable; loving) “sucker” (sprout; twig; new-shoot or growth emerging from a felled family-tree) in order to serve (further;  promote; support; advance) the needs, purposes,  and intentions of this (our) generation of Israel’s people and as (actingImage result for sitting against the wall at a dance as; functioning as) a root (core; foundation; rootstock;  source;  origin;  genetic-base) emerging from a ground (soil; land; family) that is known for its dryness (desiccation; drought; dehydration; lack of moisture). There is no beautiful appearance (form; face or facial expression) with regard to her and no majesty (impressive stateliness, or dignity) by which we (our generation) would recognize (identify; remember) her and no appearance (air, mien; image; look; outward-aspect; attitude) that we would covet (be consumed with desire for; have our hearts set on) her. She’s always been “The-wallflower” (The girl who remains on the sidelines of social activities because of shyness or unpopularity).

*  “Soon, it will be like “spring” after a long winter”

 

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3. She is someone who has been viewed by others with disdain (contempt; scorn; disrespect) andImage result for looks of disdain gif she has been rejected by almost everyone, so she is well-acquainted with of sorrow (grief; sadness) and is familiar with suffering.  She has felt as if others turn their faces (purposes and intentions) away from her and that she isn’t valued (regarded; considered to be important; cherished).

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4. Nevertheless (despite that;  however), she has lifted (born; suffered; carried; endured; accepted) our inadequacies (weakness; deficiencies) and has taken-them-up (forgiven-Image result for depressed childthem; stopped feeling angry or resentful toward them for offenses, flaws or mistakes), on her own, while we, ourselves, thought-of (believed; considered; esteemed; imagined) her to be someone who is “stricken” (disturbed; wounded; seriously affected by an undesirable condition), i.e. ….someone who seems to be despondent (lacking courage and hope) as if she is being smitten (rebuked; scolded) by God and depressed (sad; unhappy; melancholy).

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5. But all along (all the time; from the beginning)  she has been pierced (hurt; wounded) to atone (pay the price; compensate; suffer the penalty; suffer the consequences) for ourRelated image transgressions (shortcomings; sins;  failings)….bruised (crushed; injured; beaten-down; broken; humiliated) as a means to atone for  (expiate; reconcile) our iniquities. Because of the punishment (suffering; burden) that she has endured on our account,  we have lived in peace (calmness; well-being; satisfaction). As a result of her wounds, we will be healed (made whole, sound or healthy again).

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6. Our whole generation behaves like a flock of sheep (or maybe goats)  who’ve strayed (been seduced; been deceived; erred; wandered-away). Each one has turned-away  (departed; Image result for breaking up a flock of sheep gifapostatized) from Jehovah according to (in; by) his own ways (habits; settled or regular tendencies and practices, especially ones that is hard to give up), so Jehovah has laid-upon (impacted; burdened) her with our faults   (responsibilities; culpabilities; liabilities; punishments  for iniquity).

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7. She’s been oppressed (subject to harsh and authoritarian treatment) and she continues to beImage result for never say a word afflicted (troubled),  but she doesn’t open her mouth (“say the word”) to overthrow (remove) her oppressor.  Like a lamb, she’s been led into the   “Slaughterhouse” (place where animals are butchered for food)  and,  in order to suit the purposes of the man (husband) who is currently shearing (taking full advantage of; deriving benefit from; capitalizing-on; making the most of; using; exploiting; fleecing) her, she remains silent and does not open-her-mouth  (ask God; “say the word”) to overthrow (remove; “put an end to”) this man.

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8.  As a result of continuous restraints (controls; limitations) in her lifeshe has been “taken-in” (won-over; deceived; buffaloed; hoodwinked; bamboozled; beguiled; flim-flamed; defrauded; fooled; misled) by those who’ve grossly (entirely; totally; completely) misjudged (formed a wrong conclusion about; underestimated) her, then, having her descendants   (offspring; seed) in mind, they have hope to bring-them-down (dig a pit with which to trap them) to make absolutely sure that this (our) generation of Israel’s people is totally excluded (cut-down; cut-off) from the “Land” (society) of those who enjoy Eternal-Life (“Heavenly-sustenance”), because of the rebellion of people who seek to  “lay hands on” them………..

* The “laying on of hands” is a religious practice. In Christian churches, this practice is used as both aImage result for Mormonism's laying of hands upon symbolic and formal method of invoking the Holy Spirit,  primarily during baptisms and confirmations, healing services, blessings, and ordinations of priests, ministers, elders, and other church officers, along with a variety of other church sacraments and holy ceremonies. 
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In Mormonism, those men who have received Mormonism’s Melchizedek priesthood authority may lay their hands on the head of the person receiving an ordinance or blessing. This act, they believe,  has always been used as a way to invoke the power of God.

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9. ……….and be forever assigned (designated; named; attached; appointed) a grave (burial;Image result for prophets of Israel “final resting place”) with “Wrong-doers (“trouble-makers”; those who are condemned; those who are guilty; those who are wicked) and with those who have been personally enriched thru the destruction of this (our) generation of Israel’s people, even though Israel’s people have violated (abused; assaulted; profaned; polluted) no one, nor has deceit (practice of deceiving by concealing or misrepresenting the truth) ever come-forth from the mouths (prophets) of Israel’s people.

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10. Yet, Jehovah has “seen fit” (considered appropriate and desirable) to humble (abase; demean; lower the dignity of) her and cause her to suffer, although the lord makes her life a “Guilt-Offering” *, she will see (enjoy; realize; experience; joyfully look upon) offspring (seed; children). He (Jehovah) will prolong their days (lives) and they will prosper by the hand (spirit; power)  of Jehovah, they will prosper (succeed in material terms; be financially successful).  

* Guilt Offering -Each offering in Israel’s sacrificial system has its place, but there is a special feature of the guilt offering (also known as the reparation offering) that makes it particularly relevant to the world of work. The guilt offering of Leviticus is the seed of the biblical doctrine of repentance. (Numbers 5:5-10 is directly parallel.) According to Leviticus, God required offerings whenever a person deceived another with regard to a deposit or a Pledge (e.g. a marriage covenant); committed robbery or fraud, lied about lost property that had been found, or swore falsely about a matter (Lev. 6:2-3). It was not a fine imposed by a court of law, but a reparation offered by perpetrators who got away with the offense, but who then felt guilty later when they came to “realize” their guilt (Lev. 6:4-5). Repentance by the sinner, not prosecution by the authorities, is the basis of the guilt offering.

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11. As a result of the perseverance (persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delayImage result for Greg Olson walking with God in achieving success) of her soul, she will see (receive; enjoy; realize; experience; joyfully look upon) light (“divine-revelation”; “truth”). She will be filled unto satisfaction by her knowledge   (comprehension; understanding) concerning Jehovah. She will become a  “Saddiq”  (“One whose heart is right; One who is uncontaminated in disposition, attitude, and overall demeanor; powerful warrior; “One who walks with God”). My servant is a just (open-minded; impartial; fair) judge to many for  she, herself, will bear (carry the burden of) guilt contracted by sinning (guilt of her ancestral fathers).     

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12. A portion (part; lot; heritance) of the “Strength and Power of God” originating withImage result for the lion of judah (characterizing-by;  accompanying; common to) Judah’s captains (great ones; chiefs) is given to her,  so she shares in the spoil (treasure; riches)  accumulated by Salt Lake,  with the heroes (powerful members) of Judah’s tribe (pride) of Lions because she has poured-out (expressed without restraint)  her soul to the point of death, enev though she’s been numbered (assigned; counted; categorized enumerated) among transgressors (apostates; covenant breakers; those who’veImage result for interceding on behalf of transgressors fallen away), even though she’s born (carried;  atoned for) the sins (failures; shortcomings) of many and she has interceded (intervened) on behalf of transgressors  (those who have broken the law of God).      

 

  

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