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A Rich Man's Grave

A Rich Man's Grave

28 July 2009

Scripture:

He had done no wrong, and he never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave. (Isaiah 53:9 NLT)

Isaiah’s prophecy encourages me that the Bible is really true and that it is inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it is God’s Word to us.

Isaiah 44-48 contains prophecies about a king named Cyrus, ruler of a nation that wasn’t even a world power in Isaiah’s day, who would destroy the Babylonian Empire (which was not yet the dominant world power, but soon would be) and free God’s people of Judah (who were not yet in captivity, but soon would be) from exile in Babylon and return them to Judah and Jerusalem. The really cool thing is that he wrote all this about 150 years before it began to happen.

Then in Isaiah 53, he describes the promised Messiah-Savior in a way that no one in his generation could have imagined him (suffering servant rather than powerful military leader) and even described the details of his torture and execution by the Romans and explained that all this was so our sins could be paid for and forgiven.

Then he prophesied that our Redeemer and Lord would be buried “like a criminal in a rich man’s grave!” (He was, but only for three days!) Isaiah wrote all this nearly 700 years before it happened!

God didn’t have to foretell the precise details of King Cyrus restoring the Jews from exile and the details of Christ’s suffering and death hundreds of years before they happened, but I’m thankful that he did. It is a real encouragement to my faith.

The Bible is God’s Word. I believe it is God’s Word and I will use it for the purposes God gave it. Paul wrote to Timothy, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.” (2 Timothy 3:16 NLT)

Prayer:

Thanks Father, for the Bible, your living word. It was living when you inspired its writers over a period of nearly two thousand years and it is living when I read it each morning, sitting in my recliner chair with a cup of coffee in my hand. I believe your word, I receive your word, and I commit to live by your Word.

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