Isaiah 53: A Key Messianic Prophecy

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Dr. Brown unfolds the prophecy in Isaiah 53 that points to Jesus as the Jewish Messiah.

Hour 1:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: Isaiah 53 is glorious, powerful, wonderful, scriptural truth. Jesus the Messiah would be highly exalted, but only after first suffering and dying, and we, His own people, wouldn’t recognize He was dying for us; then the light will come on and we’ll recognize Him and embrace Him!

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Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: We are guilty in God’s sight because of our sin; we deserve death and punishment. Jesus the Righteous, Perfect One, Yeshua the Messiah came into the world and took our sin, guilt, and punishment to make us righteous. Dive in and take advantage of the riches of God’s grace!


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  1. I highly recommend others to get volume 3, anyone is interested in this topic and interested in planting seeds in Jewish souls!

    Wonderful show today, so much information in 2 hours.

    Dr. Brown, your lecture titled ‘the power of the atoning death of the righteous in traditional Judaism’ (I think it was something along those lines), the one you did at Hebrew University in Jerusalem a few months ago, Is that available online anywhere?


    Blessings in Yeshua!

  2. I enjoyed your show today, Dr Brown, and we opening upon some very marvelous times ahead for the Jewish and the Israelite people. I just want to state briefly, without involving detailed biblical proof for the Holy Spirit is my teacher and through the principle of the Urim and the thummim I can ask questions of God, something about this verse…

    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

    The word ‘kings’ does not refer to current leaders of today’s nations; it is referring to the past kings of Israel. They are to be a part of that mass migration of Israelites that will come back to the promised land from the land of the ——– DEAD!!!

    THAT TIME IS COMING UPON US! We need to begin to prepare our hearts and minds to endure such an amazing event! This event has been foretold many times in the Bible through the celebration of the bread of the firstfruits!

    Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals; they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD. Leviticus 23:17

    And the priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits for a wave offering before the LORD, with the two lambs: they shall be holy to the LORD for the priest. Leviticus 23:20

  3. Dear Dr. Brown
    With all due respect – you did not begin to respond to the objections I raise against your intepretation in Contra Brown and in my critique of your Volume 3 that has been published on my blog (
    Furthermore – you seem to be under the impression that the counter-missionary reluctance to engage in verbal debate is because we are trying to “hide something” – if this is indeed your understanding – let me correct it. We refuse to engage in verbal debates because verbal debates tend to obfuscate the real issues with wordgames and entertainment. You had all the time to put forth your best arguments in the 1500 pages of Answering Jewish Objections. As I point out in The Elephant and the Suit – your arguments leave much to be desired. I encourage all seekers of truth – to read these articles. I eagerly await your response to my articles.
    With wishes for a holy and blessed Shabbos
    I remain your Pharisee friend
    Yisroel Blumenthal

  4. If any man says that Isaiah 53 isn’t talking about Jesus, shouldn’t we understand that it’s certainly not talking about them?

    The Bible is like a mirror isn’t it?

  5. I believe every man will get to see Jesus one day, even great men of today, even men
    of great power and wealth. When they do, won’t they be astonished at his excellency? Won’t they be humbled at that time?

  6. Dear Rabbi Blumenthal, thanks for posting here. Welcome! Actually, I was not responding to your paper during my radio show. Instead, I was responding to the main objections I address in vol. 3 as well as some of Rabbi Skobac’s objections from an article that Rabbi Eli Cohen posted.

    As for the reasons that some counter-missionaries won’t get involved in verbal debates, that varies from person to person, as I’m sure you would agree. And I’m sure you would also agree that lots of Talmudic debates were conducted orally, as well as Jewish debates about other subjects through the centuries. Why not engage in them now? My experience is that verbal debates can be much more effective than written debates because it is possible to stay on an issue and press back and forth until clarity comes, whereas trying to do the same thing in writing can take years without getting the same results.

    So, I welcome verbal debates and, as time permits, written debates, but to put things in perspective, I began to publish my Answering Jewish Objections series in 2000, it took years before you began to publish responses to them (actually, beginning with a response to my chapter in the Lee Strobel book), and, now, several years later, my schedule has still not allowed me to finish my rebuttals to your articles which, I feel confident, will answer any questions you raise and demonstrate the truthfulness of the biblical basis of our faith in Yeshua as Messiah. Had we engaged in a multi-hour verbal debate, we would have wrestled through the key issues long ago, yet here we are in 2011 with hundreds of issues still to resolve between us.

    Please do reconsider your refusal to engage in a verbal debate. With your knowledge base and experience, you should have nothing to fear except truth itself, and I believe both you and I are committed to following God’s truth wherever that leads.

    Wishing you a blessed Passover season,

    Your Messianic friend,

    Dr. Brown

  7. Dear Dr. Brown
    Thanks for welcoming my comments.
    To clarify about my refusal to debate verbally. It is not that I fear that the truth be publicized – I fear that in a verbal debate there is much more of a chance that falsehood will be publicized as truth. Talmudic debates that are conducted orally take place between two parties that first acknowledge that neither side is working on behalf of falsehood – both sides acknowledge the basis for the other person’s opinion. In our debate – we each believe that the other is unknowingly working on behalf of falsehood. That is a different arena.
    As you know, it is not only in public that I prefer to avoid verbal debate – In private -between the two of us I also prefer to focus on the issues that separate us in writing – as our 300 page correspondence attests to.
    As for the time it took me to get my writings published – let me set one deatil of the record straight – it did not take me time to respond in writing to your books – you have the evidence to that. What did take time was the consideration that is given to words that will be publicized and perhaps stay around for many years to come. I think that this consideration is an advantage in bringing out the truth.
    One more comment – you witnessed the debate in writing that I had with SP – do you think it would have been as articulate in a verbal debate? – I don’t.
    My we merit to eat of the Passover offering – together in Jerusalem this very season
    Your Pharisee friend

  8. Dear Rabbi Blumenthal,

    Thanks for your further clarification, but isn’t it true that we discuss issues verbally as well as in writing? And sometimes don’t we need the verbal communication to clarify and further work through what we discussed in writing? And the very fact that it took some time for you to write down words that could be publicized and perhaps stay around for years further underscores how tediously long it can take to work through a detailed written debate. So, I on my part remain committed to both, for the sake of the truth and for the sake of the glory of God and for the sake of our people. (As for your debate with SP, I can’t say either way, but we can discuss that privately.)

    Amen to your Passover sentiments! And may 1 Cor 5:7 become reality for you as well.

    Your Messianic friend,


  9. Do you remember Yehuda in regards to Hebrews 7:12? He brought up something disturbing called Contra Brown and he claims you haven’t responded to it. He also says that Jesus is not needed, claims that you don’t need his atonement and that the NT misrepresents the TANAKH (I mentioned it uses Midrash and he laugh). He has listened to your material as you know but I am petrified that Jesus is not who he claimed.

  10. Hi Jake,

    I’m sure Dr. Brown will try to answer your querry, although I don’t see how an anwer to Contra Brown will help you, but in the mean time you could check on these resources:

    Ask yourself “What is the peshat?” before anything else. What is it saying outright?

    “What do I understand the text to say?” “What does Isaiah 53 mean to me?” Maybe nothing, maybe everything.

    What of typology? A case for antitypes in the NT or not? If you know all the prophets and prophesies well enough you will hear them echoed in the New Testament Scriptures whether they’re written out or not–many are not. I believe there’s a voice in all of the Bible that isn’t the voice of an ordinary man. I’ve found the voice to be the same in both Testaments. By the time I turned the page from Malachi I already knew that voice.

    I pray you don’t become enamored of seemingly clever arguments that will only confuse the plain truth. I believe you may already know the truth it’s a matter of what to do with it.

    Peace, and best wishes to you!

  11. Jake,

    No need to be concerned in the least! I have written more than 1,500 pages of material responding to all the major Jewish objections to Jesus (along with a 22-hour DVD series), and while I hope to find time to respond to criticisms of my work (like Contra Brown, which you mentioned), virtually the only people asking me to respond to these criticisms are the critics themselves!

    Have you read any of my volumes that deal with your questions? You’ll see that we provide solid, scriptural answers along with fair and extensive treatment of rabbinic literature. That being said, if someone as young and new to apologetics and biblical study like our friend Yehuda can challenge your beliefs, you really need to get some good foundations laid before reaching out to other Jewish people. Then, you can help win them to faith in Yeshua our Messiah and King!

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