A Meditation: On Isaiah 53:11 // By His Knowledge //

by Matheus Yuhlung

“After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities” – Isaiah 53:11 (NIV)

Knowledge seems like the binding thread that holds the creature to the creator. Jesus was one with the father and in the same way He wants us to be one with Him; that’s why He said I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.i

… by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many

This act of revealing the knowledge of God to us is the saving grace itself that Jesus brings:

“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” – John 17:3 (NIV)

But this knowledge of God that He brings to us is not a platonic baggage unlike most other philosophical gurus would teach, it rather is both intellectual and experiential which is fueled by an inexhuastible flame of love and grace.

Alexander MacLaren puts it in this way:

“His knowledge; which is to be taken in a profound Biblical sense as including not only understanding but experience also (Philippians 3:10)”ii

… and he will bear their iniquities

And this understanding of the might (or the impending wrath) of God and by experiencing the love of Jesus Christ, men are lead to both convinction (and the gravity) of their sins and the assimilation of the fact that God’s love and grace is still mighty enough to save us from our sins.

And so, Albert Barnes commented:

“that is, by the knowledge of Him. The ideas is, by becoming fully acquainted with Him and His plan of salvation”iii

I pray that as God reveals much of Himself to us, He would give much of His grace, love, and strenght to act upon our faith, so that we could draw nearer to Him as He draws nearer to us.

iJohn 15:15 (NIV)

iiAlexander MacLaren’s Commentary (CCEL)

iiiAlbert Barnes’ Commentary (Study Light)


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