Isaiah 1:5-6 Picture of Sin

Isaiah 1:5-6 Why will you be stricken any more? Will you continue the revolt? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart is faint. From the sole of the foot even to the head, no soundness is in it; only a wound and a strip and a fresh blow; they have not been closed, nor bound up; nor was it softened with oil.

Verse 5:God asks a rhetorical question. Why are you obsessed with sin? Why do you add to your lifestyle of sin? It is not enough to just sin a little and be content. You guys just keep adding and piling. The human condition is never satisfied and it has to have more and more. For example, the alcoholic can never just have one drink. We all have our shortcomings.

Here is the idea in the Hebrew language. The reference to the whole head and heart is to the chronic condition of the body. The result of sin is a sick body. It is a massive wound!

Verse 6: This condition is from head to toe. The sickness is complete. There is not one healthy part of the body. These are wounds that can not be healed. Welts and bruises have not been treated. The reference to oil is olive oil. Back in Isaiah’s time, olive oil was used for medicinal purposes. The injury is exposed and there are no bandages or medication. This body is just lying there and has not been sent to the emergency room for treatment. This is just a nasty, bloody mess.

That is what God thinks of sin. Who BECAME sin for us? Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

He is the Father and Him is the Son. The Son was sinless. The Son took our place on our behalf. That is communicated in the original Greek text with the preposition “huper”.

Jesus physically bore the brunt of sin on his body from head to toe. Jesus was blindfolded and beaten (Luke 22:64). He was scourged (Mark 15:15). People spit on Jesus (Mark 14:65). They hit Him in the head repeatedly with a reed (Mark 15:19). His head adorned a crown of thorns (Matthew 27:29). He had nails driven into his feet and hands (Matthew 27:35). His body was pierced with a spear (John 19:34).

The idea of a sacrificial death for sin is noted in both the Old and New Testament. Here are two of many references that communicate this point.

Isaiah 53:5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures …

So one man died for the sins of the world? When you read that, what do you do with that? Do you believe it? If you do, God says you have eternal life. If you believe that to be true, how do you respond to that in your personal life from day-to-day? What is your attitude toward Jesus?

 

 

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