The Exalted Lamb of God

John 1-29It is said that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. The implication is that the early days of March are volatile and forceful while the later days are calm and peaceful.
Conversely, Jesus Christ came to the earth, the first time, as a calm and peaceful  Lamb.  He came to be God’s gracious and merciful covering for our sins. 1 John 2:2; 1 John 4:10.  In the days of His flesh, He was meek and humble. As such, he was depicted metaphorically as the Lamb of God.
As the resurrected Lord, He is still depicted metaphorically as the Lamb of God. Now, however, in the heavenly realms, He is the Ruler of All, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. In the book of Revelation, the book in which Jesus Christ shows what must happen very soon, the exalted Lamb of God is referred to 25 times! As you read and meditate on God’s prophetic word, my prayer for you is that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ may give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in your knowledge of Him.
Revelation 5:6, 5:8, 5:12, 5:13;
Revelation 6:1, 6:16; Rev. 7:9, 7:10, 7:14, 7:17;
Revelation 12:11; Rev. 13:8;
Revelation 14:1, 14:4, 14:10; Rev. 15:3;
Revelation 17:14; Rev. 19:7, 19:9;
Rev. 21:9, 14, 22, 23, 27 and
Revelation 22:1-3

The Righteous Servant

Isaiah 53

Who has believed our message?
    To whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed?
For he grew up before him as a tender plant,
    and as a root out of dry ground.
He has no good looks or majesty.
    When we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised,
    and rejected by men;
a man of suffering,
    and acquainted with disease.
He was despised as one from whom men hide their face;
    and we didn’t respect him.

Surely he has borne our sickness,
    and carried our suffering;
yet we considered him plagued,
    struck by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions.
    He was crushed for our iniquities.
The punishment that brought our peace was on him;
    and by his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray.
    Everyone has turned to his own way;
    and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed,
    yet when he was afflicted he didn’t open his mouth.
As a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he didn’t open his mouth.
He was taken away by oppression and judgment;
    and as for his generation,
    who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living
    and stricken for the disobedience of my people?
They made his grave with the wicked,
    and with a rich man in his death;
although he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise him.
    He has caused him to suffer.
When you make his soul an offering for sin,
    he will see his offspring.
He will prolong his days,
    and Yahweh’s pleasure will prosper in his hand.
11 After the suffering of his soul,
    he will see the light and be satisfied.
My righteous servant will justify many by the knowledge of himself;
    and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I give him a portion with the great,
    and he will divide the plunder with the strong;
because he poured out his soul to death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.

 

Narrated by Cassandra. WEB: World English Bible, Public Domain.  Composer: “Sky of Our Ancestors ”  Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Changes made.  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/. Spiritfulness: The Practice of Biblical Meditation. Copyright © 2016-2018 by Cassandra L. Wood. Date: March 2018. All rights reserved worldwide.

Christ (the Messiah) in Isaiah 53

Who has believed our message? To whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed?
For he grew up before him as a tender plant,
    and as a root out of dry ground.Jesus
He has no good looks or majesty.
    When we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised,
    and rejected by men;
a man of suffering,
    and acquainted with disease.
He was despised as one from whom men hide their face;
    and we didn’t respect him.
Surely he has borne our sickness,
    and carried our suffering;
yet we considered him plagued,
    struck by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions.
    He was crushed for our iniquities.
The punishment that brought our peace was on him;
    and by his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray.
    Everyone has turned to his own way;
    and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed,
    yet when he was afflicted he didn’t open his mouth.
As a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he didn’t open his mouth.
He was taken away by oppression and judgment;
    and as for his generation,
    who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living
    and stricken for the disobedience of my people?
They made his grave with the wicked,
    and with a rich man in his death;
although he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise him.
    He has caused him to suffer.
When you make his soul an offering for sin,
    he will see his offspring.
He will prolong his days,
    and Yahweh’s pleasure will prosper in his hand.
11 After the suffering of his soul,
    he will see the light and be satisfied.
My righteous servant will justify many by the knowledge of himself;
    and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I give him a portion with the great,
    and he will divide the plunder with the strong;
because he poured out his soul to death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.
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New Testament Fulfillment: 

Isaiah 53:1 (prophecy fulfilled in John 12:37-38; Romans 10:16)
Isaiah 53:4 (prophecy fulfilled in Matthew 8:16-17)
Isaiah 53:5-6 (prophecy fulfilled in 1 Peter 2:24-25)
Isaiah 53:7-8 (prophecy fulfilled in Acts 8:32-35)
Isaiah 53:9 (prophecy fulfilled in Matthew 27:57-60; 1 Peter 2:21-22)
Isaiah 53:12 (prophecy fulfilled in Mark 15:28; Luke 22:37)
 The Isaiah prophetic scripture verses are highlighted in bold print and italicized.

Psalms of the Christ (the Messiah)

Psalm 1181 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his loving kindness endures forever.
2 Let Israel now say
that his loving kindness endures forever.
3 Let the house of Aaron now say
that his loving kindness endures forever.
4 Now let those who fear the LORD say
that his loving kindness endures forever.
5 Out of my distress, I called on the LORD.
The LORD answered me with freedom.
6 The LORD is on my side. I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
7 The LORD is on my side among those who help me.
Therefore I will look in triumph at those who hate me.
8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD,
than to put confidence in man.
9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD,
than to put confidence in princes.
10 All the nations surrounded me,
but in the LORD’s name, I cut them off.
11 They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me.
In the LORD’s name I indeed cut them off.
12 They surrounded me like bees.
They are quenched like the burning thorns.
In the LORD’s name I cut them off.
13 You pushed me back hard, to make me fall,
but the LORD helped me.
14 The LORD is my strength and song.
He has become my salvation [yeshu`ah].
15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation [yeshu`ah] is in the tents of the righteous.
“The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.
16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted!
The right hand of the LORD does valiantly!”
17 I will not die, but live,
and declare the LORD’s works.
18 The LORD has punished me severely,
but he has not given me over to death.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness.
I will enter into them.
I will give thanks to the LORD.
20 This is the gate of the LORD;
the righteous will enter into it.
21 I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me,
and have become my salvation [yeshu`ah].
22 The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
23 This is the LORD’s doing.
It is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the LORD has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it!
25 Save us now, we beg you, LORD!
LORD, we beg you, send prosperity now.
26 Blessed is he who comes in the LORD’s name!
We have blessed you out of the LORD’s house.
Psalm 118:1-26
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New Testament Fulfillment:

Psalm 118:22-23 (prophecy fulfilled in Matthew 21:42; Mark 12:10-11; Luke 20:17;
Acts 4:10-11; Ephesians 2:19-20;  1 Peter 2:7)
Psalm 118:26 (prophecy fulfilled in Matthew 21:9, 23:39; Mark 11:9;
Luke 13:35, 19:38; John 12:13)
 
 The Psalms of Christ verses which are fulfilled in the New Testament are italicized.

Psalms of the Christ (the Messiah)

A Psalm by David.
The LORD says to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool for your feet.” Psalm 110 (2)
The LORD will send out the rod of your strength out of Zion.
Rule among your enemies.
Your people offer themselves willingly in the day of your power, in holy array.
Out of the womb of the morning, you have the dew of your youth.
The LORD has sworn, and will not change his mind:
“You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”
The Lord is at your right hand.
He will crush kings in the day of his wrath.
He will judge among the nations.
He will heap up dead bodies.
He will crush the ruler of the whole earth.
He will drink of the brook on the way;
therefore he will lift up his head.
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New Testament Fulfillment: 

Psalm 110:1 (prophecy fulfilled in Matthew 22:44; Mark 12:36; Luke 20:42-43; Acts 2:34-35; Hebrews 1:13)
Psalm 110:4 (prophecy fulfilled in Hebrews 5:6, 6:19-20)
 
 The Psalms of Christ verses which are fulfilled in the New Testament are italicized.

Psalms of the Christ (the Messiah)

A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed and pours out his complaint before the LORD.
Hear my prayer, LORD!
Let my cry come to you.
Don’t hide your face from me in the day of my distress.Psalm 102
Turn your ear to me.
Answer me quickly in the day when I call.
For my days consume away like smoke.
My bones are burned as a torch.
My heart is blighted like grass, and withered,
for I forget to eat my bread.
By reason of the voice of my groaning,
my bones stick to my skin.
I am like a pelican of the wilderness.
I have become as an owl of the waste places.
I watch, and have become like a sparrow that is alone on the housetop.
My enemies reproach me all day.
Those who are mad at me use my name as a curse.
For I have eaten ashes like bread,
and mixed my drink with tears,
10 because of your indignation and your wrath;
for you have taken me up and thrown me away.
11 My days are like a long shadow.
I have withered like grass.
12 But you, LORD, will remain forever;
your renown endures to all generations.
13 You will arise and have mercy on Zion;
for it is time to have pity on her.
Yes, the set time has come.
14 For your servants take pleasure in her stones,
and have pity on her dust.
15 So the nations will fear the LORD’s name,
all the kings of the earth your glory.
16 For the LORD has built up Zion.
He has appeared in his glory.
17 He has responded to the prayer of the destitute,
and has not despised their prayer.
18 This will be written for the generation to come.
A people which will be created will praise the LORD.
19 For he has looked down from the height of his sanctuary.
From heaven, the LORD saw the earth;
20 to hear the groans of the prisoner;
to free those who are condemned to death;
21 that men may declare the LORD’s name in Zion,
and his praise in Jerusalem;
22 when the peoples are gathered together,
the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.
23 He weakened my strength along the course.
He shortened my days.
24 I said, “My God, don’t take me away in the middle of my days.
Your years are throughout all generations.
2Of old, you laid the foundation of the earth.
The heavens are the work of your hands.
26 They will perish, but you will endure.
Yes, all of them will wear out like a garment.
You will change them like a cloak, and they will be changed.
27 But you are the same.
Your years will have no end.
28 The children of your servants will continue.
Their offspring will be established before you.”
Psalm 102
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New Testament Fulfillment:

Psalm 102:25-27  (prophecy fulfilled in Hebrews 1:10-12)
 

 

 The Psalms of Christ verses which are fulfilled in the New Testament are italicized.

Psalms of the Christ (the Messiah)

A contemplation by Asaph.
Hear my teaching, my people.
Turn your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable.
I will utter dark sayings of old, Psalm 78
Which we have heard and known,
and our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children,
telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD,
his strength, and his wondrous deeds that he has done.
For he established a covenant in Jacob,
and appointed a teaching in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers,
that they should make them known to their children;
that the generation to come might know, even the children who should be born;
who should arise and tell their children,
that they might set their hope in God,
and not forget God’s deeds,
but keep his commandments,
and might not be as their fathers,
a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation that didn’t make their hearts loyal,
whose spirit was not steadfast with God.
The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows,
turned back in the day of battle.
10 They didn’t keep God’s covenant,
and refused to walk by his Torah.
11 They forgot his doings,
his wondrous deeds that he had shown them.
12 He did marvelous things in the sight of their fathers,
in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13 He split the sea, and caused them to pass through.
He made the waters stand as a heap.
14 In the daytime he also led them with a cloud,
and all night with a light of fire.
15 He split rocks in the wilderness,
and gave them drink abundantly as out of the depths.
16 He brought streams also out of the rock,
and caused waters to run down like rivers.
17 Yet they still went on to sin against him,
to rebel against the Most High in the desert.
18 They tempted God in their heart
by asking food according to their desire.
19 Yes, they spoke against God.
They said, “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?
20 Behold, he struck the rock, so that waters gushed out,
and streams overflowed.
Can he give bread also?
Will he provide meat for his people?”
21 Therefore the LORD heard, and was angry.
A fire was kindled against Jacob,
anger also went up against Israel,
22 because they didn’t believe in God,
and didn’t trust in his salvation [yeshuat].
23 Yet he commanded the skies above,
and opened the doors of heaven.
24 He rained down manna on them to eat,
and gave them food from the sky.  
Psalm 78:1-24
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New Testament Fulfillment: 

Psalm 78:2  (prophecy fulfilled in Matthew 13:35)
Psalm 78:24 (prophecy fulfilled in John 6:31-33)
 
 The Psalms of Christ verses which are fulfilled in the New Testament are italicized.