Plea for Grace

Plea for Grace August 14, 2022

Posted on: August 14, 2022

Isaiah 52:13 Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up and shall be exalted.
14 As many were astonished at you—his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,
    and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—
15 so shall he sprinkle[b] many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths because of him, for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand.
53:1 Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?
9 And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

The NASB reads verse 9 as follows: His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth. © Info

According to Smith’s bible dictionary (see crucifixion) it was common for the crucified to be left on the cross to rot or to be eaten by animals. The cruelty and demoralization of this method of execution was why it was reserved for the lowliest classes and the worst criminals. However, someone of prominence could request the body of a prisoner to be given a proper burial.

Matthew 27:57-60 ESV – 57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.

Father, Your purpose will stand and Your will be done, down to the most minute detail. Oh Sovereign God, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!

Pray for the Persecuted Church–OpenDoorsUSA

Day 7: Ask God to strengthen Open Doors’ local
partners who are working to equip the church in
CAR—while facing many of the same risks

Daily Wisdom
Psalm 14, 44, 74, 104, 134
Proverbs 14

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