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Compensating Visions

Compensating Visions

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
By C. I. Scofield, D. D.



"When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall
see his seed . . .

He shall see of the travail of his soul and shall be sat-
isfied:" — Isaiah 53:10, 11
By C. I. Scofield, D. D.



"When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall
see his seed . . .

He shall see of the travail of his soul and shall be sat-
isfied:" — Isaiah 53:10, 11

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COMPESATIG VISIOSBy C. I. Scofield, D. D."When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shallsee his seed . . .He shall see of the travail of his soul and shall be sat-isfied:" — Isaiah 53:10, 11THE fifty-third chapter of Isaiah is one of theprophetic foreviews of the crucifixion of JesusChrist. It should be studied with the twenty-secondPsalm. The latter is descriptive."I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of  joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midstof my bowels.My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tonguecleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me intothe dust of death.For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of thewicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands andmy feet.I may tell all my bones; they look and stare upon me.They part my garments among them, and cast lots uponmy vesture." — Psalms 22:14-18A marvelous description of death by crucifixion.The profuse sweat of intense physical agony, thedislocation (of shoulders and pelvis), heart failure,thirst, the pierced hands and feet, semi-nudity and279
 
280 I MAY PULPITShurt modesty — all these accompanying agonies of that most agonizing death are set forth with literalexactness. Even the desolate cry,"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" — Psalms 22:1is given. What a proof to any candid mind of theinspiration of the Bible ! How should David foreseethese things. Crucifixion was a mode of executionwholly unknown to ancient Israel. It was a Romaninvention of later date. The answer is that Davidwas an inspired man. But if the twenty-secondPsalm is a description of the death of Jesus Christwritten a thousand years before the event, the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah is a doctrinal explanation of the crucifixion written 700 years before the event.When we have read David's wonderful vision of the cross we are moved to ask with the divine SuffererHimself, "Why?" Why was such a Being forsakento such a death? Isaiah answers the question: JesusChrist suffered vicariously. He who had neversinned was forsaken that we who have sinned mightnot be forsaken."Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried oursorrows: . . .But he was wounded for our transgressions, he wasbruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peacewas upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turnedevery one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid onhim the iniquity of us all." — Isaiah 53:4-6
 
"for the transgression of my people was he stricken." — Isaiah 53:8WITH DR. C. I. SCOFIELD 281And absolutely no other explanation consistentwith the goodness of God can be given. Whateverany other man has suffered was but "buffeting forhis faults," who deserved, in strict justice, far more.But Jesus Christ had no faults. He had always ]perfectly loved, perfectly obeyed God. Such a Being,in a morally governed universe, could only sufferfor others. And since, as Plato said, "Sin and suffer-ing are riveted together," whoever would 'bear oursins/ must of necessity take our place in suffering.But while He, as our Substitute, must suffer in ourstead, the compassion of His father could and didMght up that awful darkness with the vision of theresults of so great suffering. Christ, in other words,was given to see that His pains were birth pangs;that His agonies were not merely a doing right bythe moral order of the universe, an awful but perfectvindication of the holy law, a final demonstrationof His own horror of sin and of God's necessary hatredof it — not merely thus were His sufferings to beinterpreted; but that those very sufferings were trulymaterial, the "travail" out of which was being bornthe new creation — this He was permitted to see.Who can estimate the enormous joy of that vision?"He shall see his seed," — Isaiah 53:10"He shall see of the travail of his soul and shall be sat-isfied." — Isaiah 53:11The

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