To Christian missionaries, there is no Scripture more sacred than Isaiah 53. When a missionary says, “Isaiah 53” they actually are referring to the passage found in Isaiah 52:13 – Isaiah 53:12. Christians believe that this passage is so convincing that if a person would only read it, they immediately will become a believer in Jesus. They believe it is a direct parallel to Jesus’ life and it details his mission to redeem mankind.
This is how the King James Bible presents it.
Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider. Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him 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 griefs, 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 him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my 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 to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I 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 bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)
When I was a Christian, I had read this passage many times. At first glance, it looks like it describes Jesus’ life perfectly. When this passage is disassembled the similarities all but evaporate. Christians believe because the servant is referred to as a singular entity, it cannot be referring to any group of people. They disagree with the Jews, who believe that these verses are about Israel. Jews contend that Israel is referred to in a singular fashion here as well as in other passages, and some of the same language is used to describe the servant in parallel passages in the Hebrew Bible, yet Christians never use these other passages to point to Jesus.
The Servant: An Overview
The first thing you must realize is that this is not the first or only place the word servant is used in Isaiah or in the Hebrew Bible. Sure, Christians know exactly what Isaiah 53 says but do they know about the many other places where Isaiah mentions the servant in singular form or as one person? Let’s look at some of these verses.
But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. (Isaiah 41:8,9)
Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD’S servant? (Isaiah 42:19)
Is Jesus blind or deaf?
Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. (Isaiah 43:10)
Note that Isaiah actually refers to Israel as God’s witnesses (plural) and then God’s servant (singular) in the same verse.
Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen: (Isaiah 44:1)
Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun 1 , whom I have chosen. (Isaiah 44:2)
Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. (Isaiah 44:21)
For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me. (Isaiah 45:4)
Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say ye, The LORD hath redeemed his servant Jacob. (Isaiah 48:20)
And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. (Isaiah 49:3)
These verses are all describing Israel, not Jesus. Don’t think that Isaiah is the only one that uses this method for referring to Israel. The following verses are from Jeremiah where he speaks of Israel in the Singular form.
Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled? The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant. (Jeremiah 2:14,15)
Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid. (Jeremiah 30:10)
But fear not thou, O my servant Jacob, and be not dismayed, O Israel: for, behold, I will save thee from afar off, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and be in rest and at ease, and none shall make him afraid. (Jeremiah 46:27)
Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith the LORD: for I am with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee: but I will not make a full end of thee, but correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished. (Jeremiah 46:28)
I am not finished yet. Here are still more verses from the prophet Ezekiel.
Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob. (Ezekiel 28:25)
And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever. (Ezekiel 37:25)
In this last verse, Ezekiel switches from a singular servant to using plural personal pronouns in reference to the servant. Remember, this is The King James Version and not a Jewish translation that I am quoting these verses from. Now that we have established conclusively that the major prophets were inspired to refer to Israel in the singular form, let’s get back to the text of Isaiah 53.
Picking Isaiah 53 Apart
The best way for me to show you that Isaiah 53 has nothing to do with Jesus is to go through the entire passage section by section. I will discuss the translation problems, which are many, and then compare and contrast Israel and Jesus. I will also show other passages that speak of the same subject. Before I start, I want to step backwards a little bit and get a little more context. We will go back to verse 1 of Chapter 52.
Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion. For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money. For thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause. Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed. Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I. How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion. Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem. The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD. For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward. (Isaiah 52:1-12)
First, we can see here that these verses present a future time when Jacob will be delivered from the nations. This is speaking of a physical salvation not a spiritual one. First we must ask, “Who is speaking here?”
This is God speaking. He is saying that he will come and deliver them and immediately flowing out of these verses we see the rest of the passage that follows.
Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: (Isaiah 52:13,14)
God is referring to the same servant that He had earlier in Isaiah. What God is saying here is because Israel has been delivered they will prosper. They will be lifted up and be the topic of every conversation. The phrase, “my servant shall deal prudently” is easier to understand if you consider how the Hebrew behind this phrase is used in other verses in the Hebrew Bible. The Hebrew word behind this is yashkil which means to act intelligently or to prosper or to succeed. It is also translated understand or instruct. Its meaning is somewhat ambiguous, but it doesn’t scream, “This is about Jesus!” God also says that many were amazed at Israel and that he was considered ugly by men more than any other people. In other words, he, Israel was despised. We can see this in our modern times. God uses the plural sons of men, not simply man in this verse.
Christians say that this is speaking of Jesus during his trial, when he was whipped. Surely Jesus wasn’t whipped to the point so that he was “marred” more than any other man, was he? Is this truly fulfilled in the gospels? Jesus was beaten 2 , but it does not say that he was beaten more than any other man.
One thing to understand about prophecy is that we can never know for sure what some prophecies mean with 100% accuracy until it has come to pass. We will not know with surety what some of this passage means. We will look, however, for an overall view from the parts that are easily understood. From those parts, we can form the picture of what this passage portrays. One should never think that an artist could paint a picture with one brushstroke on a blank canvas. With that in mind, let me say that it will be obvious to you, after we have gone through this passage, there will be no doubt that it does not point to Jesus when basing one’s conclusions on the text and context instead of what one believes the text should say.
So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider. (Isaiah 52:15)
God is still speaking here. Israel will shake up many nations because what will happen will be totally unexpected. Their delivery from their enemies will shake up the whole world. The world leaders will all be dumbfounded and aghast. Their unbelief in the fact that God has favored Israel will cause them to put their hands over their mouths. They will realize that they have to consider that all they have believed about Israel is wrong. They will be forced to rethink their world view concerning Israel.
Christians say that this is speaking about Jesus somehow. Perhaps they think that this is when Jesus returns and the rulers of the nations are shocked to see him. The thing to consider here, is that people that are non-Christians even talk about Jesus returning. Muslims expect Jesus to return to help their Maudi kill the Christians and the Jews. They believe that Jesus will be praying to Allah for him to give strength to the Maudi, so he can complete the mission to destroy his enemies.
What a surprise it will be when God raises Israel to prominence in the world scene, when no one actually is expecting Him to do it. If everyone previously had considered what they were going to experience, there would be no shock in what they were observing.
Now, we are going to listen to a different speaker and their thoughts about the subject of this passage.
Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed. (Isaiah 53:1)
Now, God is no longer speaking. These are the Kings (Rulers) speaking from the previous verse. One must realize that these chapter divisions are not part of the original text. The Kings are doubting if others would believe what they are seeing. What are they seeing? If we look back to the last chapter, we see the event that is transpiring is that God has delivered Israel. This is what they mean by the phrase, “the arm of the LORD.” It is the physical salvation of Israel being accomplished by their God.
The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. (Isaiah 52:10)
This is language similar to that used in the Torah (The Books of Moses). When Israel was in slavery in Egypt, they were delivered when God bared his stretched out arm.
And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day. (Deuteronomy 5:15)
Let’s continue to the next part of the passage.
For he shall grow up before him 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. (Isaiah 53:2)
The Prophet is saying that the servant sprouted up from nothing and looked as if he would not survive. This describes Israel perfectly. At times, it seemed that Israel would vanish from the face of the Earth. They were attacked, captured, and many times carted off to other lands. Despite these things, God preserved them. There was nothing remarkable about their appearance to attract anyone to them. There have been many people that have expressed their disgust at the appearance of the Jews even to the point where they compared them to pigs and dogs. Some others have compared them to apes. The speaker is saying that they are not attracted to them any more than any other people. Still, there is nothing that speaks of any messiah or Jesus up to this point in the passage.
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. (Isaiah 53:3)
This is how the nations see Israel. They hated Israel. They rejected them. Israel was seen as a man that had nothing but troubles. Now, this is where Christian translations have hidden what the Hebrew actually says. The phrase, “acquainted with grief” is translated poorly to hide something that Christians would say can’t be speaking about Jesus. This phrase should be translated has known sickness or has experienced illness. In other words, he is sickly. Remember, whether correct or incorrect these are the views of the nations, not necessarily the view of truth through the eyes of God Himself.
You must realize, Christians believe that Jesus could never have been sick or ill. His body was not subject to frailties and disease, because he was not sinful. He was perfect. Why would the translators try to hide this obvious meaning of the word and instead render it with an ambiguous word like grief?
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. (Isaiah 53:4)
What we see here is, the nations admit that they had poured out their griefs and sorrows on the servant, but they used the excuse that it was God’s will that Israel was stricken and afflicted. Perhaps they were thinking that it was God’s method of punishing them for killing the Son of God. They were only helping God punish the Jews for wrong doing. Christians, of course, believe that this is Jesus bearing their sins for forgiveness. Now you may agree but after reading the dissection of the next verse you might want to re-examine your thinking.
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. (Isaiah 53:5)
This verse is translated improperly. Rabbi Singer calls this a “theological crime scene.” 3 If the Word of God is so important to Christians then why do they feel compelled to change it?
In Hebrew, as well as in English, prepositions play a particularly pivotal role in the meaning of the passage. A single preposition can steer the whole passage in the wrong direction. Say for instance that the translators rendered a verse as, “he was killed for the sword” instead of “he was killed by the sword.” The two phrases have the same subject, object, and verb, but the proposition is different. This changes the meaning of the verse. If you translate a preposition incorrectly, you can cause a verse to convey an altogether different thought than the author intended.
This is exactly what has happened here. Hebrew is different from English in that prepositions are not separate words but are prefixes that are attached to the Hebrew object. In this verse, the translator has rendered the preposition incorrectly. This was done purposefully. If the preposition had been translated properly, this passage would be of no consequence to Christians. This is the verse translated properly.
But he is being wounded because of our transgressions, he is being bruised because of our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we were healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
This translation paints a wholly different picture, doesn’t it? Suddenly, the idea of Jesus being sacrificed for your sins has no foundation in this verse. Notice the phrase “was wounded” in the KJV should be translated as a continuing action and not as a completed action. The same mistake was made with the phrase “was bruised.” Also, notice that the source of the common refrain “we are healed” reads “we were healed” and is in the past tense. As Rabbi Tovia Singer would ask, “How do you play with my Bible?”
Many Christians believe that you can translate Hebrew in any manner you would like to as long as you do it their way. Christians will disagree and argue with the rabbis about the Hebrew, but they will not argue with the Chinese restaurant owner about what their Chinese menu actually says. I wonder why Christians impose their beliefs on the text and will not rely on the Jewish translation. Is it that they believe the rabbis actually realize it is speaking about Jesus in these text passages, but the rabbis want only to deny that Jesus is the Messiah? Or, is it that Christians start with their belief in Jesus and they are willing to “reverse engineer” the entire Hebrew Bible to make him fit into it?
Dying for Another Person’s Sins
Let’s step back for a moment from this text and examine the idea of someone dying for another person’s sins. Can someone else die for your sins? Can you die for another person’s sins? These questions were addressed more than once in the Hebrew Bible. Let’s look at these Scriptures briefly.
And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book. (Exodus 32:31-33)
Moses has realized that Israel has displeased God and offers himself as a sacrifice for them. God rejects his offer and informs him that whoever sins against him is responsible for their own sins and adds no qualifiers. This is not the only scripture that answers the question of someone giving their life for another in order to “save someone from their sins.” Even though Israel had the Torah and specifically this scripture, they forgot this truth. The prophet Ezekiel was used to remind Israel that no man can die for another person’s sin. He also taught them that sin is not passed down from one generation to the next.
The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying, What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel. Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right, And hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour’s wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman, And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment; He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man, Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD. If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these things, And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled his neighbour’s wife, Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination, Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him. Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father’s sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such like, That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour’s wife, Neither hath oppressed any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment, That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live. As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which is not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity. Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live. The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die. Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal? When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die. Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal? Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. (Ezekiel 18:1-32)
Many people reading this will question if this actually has anything to do with Jesus dying for mankind’s sins. This passage starts with God asking a question concerning a false doctrine, presented as a proverb, being circulated amongst the people of Israel. This false doctrine is based on two premises. The first premise is that a man can inherit guilt from someone else, and the second is that someone can die for another person’s sins.
Using impeccable logic, God lays out every possibility of someone either inheriting sin from someone else or someone sacrificing themselves for another. God’s unwavering decision is that neither wickedness or righteousness cannot be imputed to another person. Each person dies or lives because of their own actions not someone else’s. These are God’s words being given to Israel through a holy prophet, not the words of a theologian sitting in a seminary.
The hallmark of Christianity is that Jesus bore our iniquity and died for us all. This idea is foreign to the Hebrew Bible. Christians are under the false impression that the New Covenant presents this new truth and replaces God’s own words concerning this false doctrine. If you are a Christian that has not thoroughly studied the Hebrew Bible, you may have been deceived by this teaching, as I was.
In the book of Jeremiah, we are given a description of what things will be like when the New Covenant is finally given by God to Israel. Of course, if you are a Christian you have probably read in the New Testament that Jesus has already instituted the New Covenant. Although we will discover that Jesus did not initiate the New Covenant, the point I want to make will surprise you as much as it did me. We will now examine the passage in Jeremiah that describes what happens when the New Covenant is given by God.
In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge. But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge. Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:29-33)
In this passage, the first thing we notice is that the formerly mentioned false doctrine, identified as a proverb, is associated with the phrase, “But every one shall die for his own iniquity.” This means that the idea of someone dying for someone else’s sin is incorrect. At first glance, this seems out of place. If I were a Christian, I would be asking, “Why is this statement here?” Doesn’t this disagree with the entire basis of the reason of Jesus dying on the cross? Shouldn’t there be a statement here indicating that once and for all mankind will understand that the messiah came and died for mankind’s sins, dispelling the Old Testament idea that each man needs to die for his own sins? Instead, what we have here in the same passage describing the New Covenant is a statement saying someone can’t die for someone else’s sins.
Additionally, the Jeremiah passage here also shows us some more information about something pertaining to the New Covenant that will surprise you. Most people stop reading when they get to the end of verse 33 of Jeremiah Chapter 31. God makes a statement in the next verse that shocks most Christians when they think about it for a few minutes after reading it. We are going to look at verse 34 in a few seconds but consider this thought first.
How much money do you think Christian churches as a whole spent last year teaching the world about God? Well, the actual amount doesn’t matter but the fact that they spent any money is the problem. The reason why this is a problem will become evident when you read verse 34.
And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. (Jeremiah 31:34)
This verse indicates that after God renews his covenant that all will know him. After Jesus gave the New Covenant to his disciples, did all men come to know God? How many times have you observed people worshiping other gods or realized that they didn’t know anything about the God of Israel? Obviously, there is a real problem with the current situation of all men not knowing the God of Israel. The fact is that the New Covenant or what should actually be referred to as the Renewed Covenant has not been instituted yet. Most Christians will try to argue with me when I point this out, but the fact remains that God’s Word is clear here. There is no mention anywhere that this covenant will be given earlier or more than once. Can you believe that Jesus had the power to establish the covenant even though it didn’t result in fulfilling Jeremiah’s prophecy? I can’t.
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