Lord’s Day 3, 2017
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.
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
For the transgression of my people, to whom the
stroke was due?
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.
. . .
Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,
And He will divide the booty with the strong;
Because He poured out Himself to death,
And was numbered with the transgressors;
Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,
And interceded for the transgressors.
—Isaiah 53:6–9, 12
Hymn 142. (S. M.)
The humiliation and exaltation of Christ. Isaiah liii 6–9, 12.
Isaac Watts (1674–1748)
Like sheep we went astray,
And broke the fold of God,
Each wand’ring in a diff’rent way,
But all the downward road.
How dreadful was the hour
When God our wand’rings laid,
And did at once his vengeance pour,
Upon the Shepherd’s head!
How glorious was the grace
When Christ sustain’d the stroke
His life and blood the Shepherd pays
A ransom for the flock.
His honour and his breath
Were taken both away,
Join’d with the wicked in his death,
And made as vile as they.
But God shall raise his head
O’er all the sons of men,
And make him see a num’rous seed,
To recompense his pain.
“I’ll give him,” saith the Lord,
“A portion with the strong;
He shall possess a large reward,
And hold his honours long.”
—The Psalms & Hymns of Isaac Watts. Hymns and Spiritual Songs. Book I: Collected from the Holy Scriptures (Soli Deo Gloria, 1997).
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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