PLEASED to BRUISE HIM
BY: RAY PRINZING
“BECAUSE He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth, yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him…” (Isaiah 53:9-10)
Another translation gives, “Yet it was the will of the Lord to bruise Him.” Ah, there is much in the unfolding of the “deeper experience” that is not understood by those with only a casual acquaintance of the Lord. They might know Him as Jesus, their Saviour. They might even know Him as Christ, the Anointed, and the anointer, so that they receive of His Spirit and are anointed with the same Spirit. But far too often they would limit all of this to just walking within the realms of God’s blessings, yielding to Him in proportion to the gifts which are bestowed upon them. But when we have left all to follow Him, and find it brings us into the death of the cross, to be made of no reputation, and in our humiliation our judgment is taken away, and then one has to seek God for deeper understanding.
Our Lord Jesus Christ became for us an example of this depth of consecration to the will of God. “Who never in a single instance committed a sin, and in whose mouth, after careful scrutiny, there was found not even craftiness; who when His heart was being wounded with an accursed sting, and when He was being made the object of harsh rebuke and biting, never retaliated, and who while suffering never threatened, but rather kept on delivering all into the keeping of the One who judges righteously.” (I Peter 2:22-23, Wuest)
To the natural mind it all seems so unjust and unreasonable, when you desire only to walk in the will of the Lord, the more the chastenings and testings come your way. But God has a plan, and in the “making of a son”, it pleases the Lord to bruise, diminish, and then make whole again – into a new creation species, in His own image and likeness, with His nature within, so that He is glorified. There is a loving purpose wrought out through all the bruising, and after “He hath put to grief; - He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.” (Isaiah 53:10)