Understanding The Bible
"Good Friday reading of ISAIAH 53:1-12; Matthew 27:45 - 54; and Psalm 22:1-31"



ISAIAH 53:1-12 "Who Does The Father say Jesus is?"

Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the Son of God, "the arm of the Lord," revealed?
For the Son of God shall grow up before the Father as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground:
He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.
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.

Surely He hath borne our grief, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon Him;
and with His stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned every one to his own way;
and the Lord hath laid on the Son the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not his mouth.

He was taken from prison and from judgment:
Who shall declare His generation?
For He was cut off out of the land of the living:
For the transgression of the Lord's people was He stricken.

And He made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death;

because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.

Yet it pleased the Lord God to bruise Him;
and the Lord hath put Him to grief:
You Lord, made His soul an offering for sin,
You Lord, shall see His seed,
You Lord, shall prolong His days, and Your pleasure shall prosper in His hand.

You Lord, shall see of the travail of His soul, and You shall be satisfied:
The Lord God says, "by My knowledge shall My Righteous Servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore I, the Lord God, will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He hath poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.



Matthew 27:45 - 64 "At The Cross"

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabach thani?

that is to say...



Psalm 22:1-26 "On The Cross"

"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

O, my God, I cry in the day time, but You hear not; and in the night season, and am not silent.

But thou art holy, O thou that inhabits the praises of Israel.

Our fathers trusted in thee:
(they trusted, and thou didst deliver them).
(They cried unto thee, and were delivered):
(they trusted in thee, and were not confounded).

But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying...

"He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him": "let Him deliver him, seeing He delighted in him."

But thou art He that took me out of the womb: Thou didst make Me hope when I was upon My mother's breasts.

I was cast upon Thee from the womb:
Thou art My God from My mother's belly.

Be not far from Me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
Many bulls have compassed Me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset Me round.
They gape upon Me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.

I am poured out like water and all My bones are out of joint: My heart is like wax; it is melted within Me.
My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and My tongue cleaves to My jaws; and Thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

For dogs have compassed Me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed Me:
they pierced My hands and My feet.

I may count all My bones:
They look and stare upon Me. They part My garments among them, and cast lots upon My vesture.

But, be not thou far from Me, O Lord: O My strength, haste Thee to help Me.

Deliver My soul from the sword; My very self from the power of the dog.
Save Me from the lion's mouth: for Thou hast heard Me from the horns of the wild oxen.
I will declare Thy name unto My brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise Thee.

"Ye that fear the Lord, praise The Son; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify The Son; and fear The Son, all ye the seed of Israel. For The Lord hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted one; neither hath The Lord hid His face from The Son; but when The Son cried unto The Lord God, He heard."

My praise shall be of The Son of God in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear Him.
The meek shall eat and be satisfied: Those who seek the Son of God shall praise Him:
and Your heart shall live for ever.



MATTHEW 27:47-54 "At the Last"

Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, "This man calls for Elijah."

And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
The rest said, "Let be, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him."

Then Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the Spirit.

And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom;
and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, "Truly this was the Son of God."



PSALM 22:27-31 "They Shall Come"

All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord Jesus Christ: and ALL the kindreds of the nations shall worship before Him.

For the kingdom is the Lord's: and He is the governor among the nations.

All they that are fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before Him: and none can keep alive his own soul.

A seed shall serve Him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.

They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born,

that He hath done this."