Christians praise and worship Yeshua our Messiah. He is loved, honored and revered more than any other, but Isaiah saw something else. Among some today, we see what Isaiah spoke. Let’s begin with the first part of Isaiah 53:3.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.
Grab your tools. It’s time to start digging.
He is DESPISED: Despised is Strong’s #959 and it looks like this: bâzâh, baw-zaw’. It is a primitive root and is defined as to disesteem:—despise, disdain, contemn(-ptible), think to scorn, vile person, worthless.
But, let’s look a little deeper and uncover the meaning of the letters from right to left.
Bet 2 = Divide or Division Means: House/Family; God’s word, God’s dwelling place (Temple)
Zayin 7 = completeness, Perfection, Fullness. Means: Sword of the Spirit, Dagger, Weapon or Seed
Hey 5 = Grace. Means: Revelation – 5 is the number of Torah, Behold, Give Attention – (at the end of a word: comes from letter before)
He is DESPISED — In the hearts of the people, He was not part of God’s Family (Bet). They used the Word of God like a Weapon (Zayin) against Him failing to see the Revelation (Hey) that He was the Living Word (Hey) and the Grace (Hey) they needed to fulfill God’s word (Bet).
Isaiah went on – (He is) REJECTED of men. Rejected is Strong’s #2310 and its primitive root is #2308. It looks like this: . It is defined as châdal, khaw-dal’; a primitive root; properly, to be flabby, i.e. (by implication) desist; (figuratively) be lacking or idle:—cease, end, fall, forbear, forsake, leave (off), let alone, rest, be unoccupied, want.
The letters tell us more. Reading from right to left.
Chet 8 = New Beginnings. Means: Fence, Gate, Tent wall to Separate, Protect, Cut off. Torah
Dallet 4 = Earth or creation. Means: Door, Gate, Impoverished man, to come from indicates a pathway, a place of decision, or an entrance to life or death.
Lamed 30 = Blood of Messiah, Dedication to a task. Means: Staff, Goad or Stick, to Teach or Instruct, Authority, to Control, Urge Forward, a Tongue
This word REJECTED tells a story:
He is Rejected: Men grew emotionally cold toward Him Cutting Him off and Separating (Chet) themselves from Him. They didn’t recognize Him as The Door (Dallet) of Salvation or know He would shed His Blood to give them an Entrance to Life (Dallet). They didn’t realize the Instructions He gave them were Urging them Forward in His Kingdom (Lamed).
Is it not true that we too often don’t recognize the treasure in others He sends to urge us forward in Kingdom living? Instead, we often cut them off from our circle of friends and surround ourselves with people who will agree with us and not question our motives or behavior. While we are divided by centuries and culture from the people of Yeshua’s day, we still deal with the same weaknesses.
“Search us O God and see if there be any wicked way in us, and lead us in the way everlasting.” (wicked ways are those that honor human reasoning more than they honor obedience to God’s Word)
He is DESPISED — In the hearts of the people, He was not part of God’s Family. They used the Word of God like a Weapon against Him failing to see the Revelation that He was the Living Word and the Grace they needed to fulfill God’s instructions.
He is Rejected: Men grew emotionally cold toward Him Cutting Him off and Separating themselves from Him. They didn’t recognize Him as The Door of Salvation or know He would shed His Blood to give them an Entrance to Life. They didn’t realize the Instructions He gave them were Urging them Forward in His Kingdom.
What is your response to the Truth? Spend some time with Holy Spirit and make adjustments where needed. He is faithful to give us the grace.