Isaiah 52 ends with the writings about a servant of God that was “beyond human semblance” and “marred was his appearance.” It goes on with the writing that the servant shall be exalted and will prosper upon the return from exile. An interesting part of the quote about the servant is that Kings and nations would hear what they did not know and be startled at the knowledge that the servant of God should give. The next chapter begins somewhat with the revealing of the arm of the LORD.
In Isaiah 53, the righteous servant was not pleasing to people and had no charm that people should like him but that the man grew like “a tree crown.” The chapter goes on to say that “he was despised” and that he was not held in account. He was afflicted and smitten but he also took on the sickness and affliction that the people should have had – he was afflicted and smitten. The people were saying that it was because he was wounded and crushed and bore chastisement and bruises…it was that that made all the people whole – because he was afflicted by being beaten, the people were made complete. He was also maltreated.
Isaiah 54 opens with writings about a woman or lady that “did not travail” but that will be blessed by God. God, it was written, would take the wife back. But then later in Isaiah 57, it has writings about how a lot of the people are adulterers and are sons of a harlot.
In my opinion, much of the verses in Isaiah 50’s is about the wronged from adultery. It is nice that the Lord of Hosts, the Holy One would redeem the woman or lady and God would take her back, but it still leaves the room for the part that the servant of God was so afflicted. If the chapters from Isaiah 52 to 54 were to go one after another in concession and go together, then it is my opinion, again, that much of the strife in those chapters had to do with adultery. Isaiah seemed mad in which there are writings that the people were adulterers and sons of harlots and sorcerer’s. In Isaiah 51, the writings are about the divorce of the woman or lady in ages past which furthermore puts emphasis on the parts of the suffering that the man and woman or lady dealt with because of adultery and the suffering also because of the sins of the people too.
At first I was assuming that the servant that was maltreated was the messiah, King Cyrus, but now I am assuming that it was a bad affair that happened and now the servant was maltreated. Again, in my opinion, Isaiah 51 to 54 and more is all about the pain of adultery amongst the sins of many people.
Here is what God says about how to fast in order to be an ally to those in need:
No, this is the fast I desire: To unlock fetters of wickedness, And untie the cords of the yoke To let the oppressed go free; To break off every yoke.
הֲל֨וֹא פָרֹ֤ס לָֽרָעֵב֙ לַחְמֶ֔ךָ וַעֲנִיִּ֥ים מְרוּדִ֖ים תָּ֣בִיא בָ֑יִת כִּֽי־תִרְאֶ֤ה עָרֹם֙ וְכִסִּית֔וֹ וּמִבְּשָׂרְךָ֖ לֹ֥א תִתְעַלָּֽם׃
It is to share your bread with the hungry, And to take the wretched poor into your home; When you see the naked, to clothe him, And not to ignore your own kin.
אָ֣ז יִבָּקַ֤ע כַּשַּׁ֙חַר֙ אוֹרֶ֔ךָ וַאֲרֻכָתְךָ֖ מְהֵרָ֣ה תִצְמָ֑ח וְהָלַ֤ךְ לְפָנֶ֙יךָ֙ צִדְקֶ֔ךָ כְּב֥וֹד יְהוָ֖ה יַאַסְפֶֽךָ׃
Then shall your light burst through like the dawn And your healing spring up quickly; Your Vindicator shall march before you, The Presence of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
אָ֤ז תִּקְרָא֙ וַיהוָ֣ה יַעֲנֶ֔ה תְּשַׁוַּ֖ע וְיֹאמַ֣ר הִנֵּ֑נִי אִם־תָּסִ֤יר מִתּֽוֹכְךָ֙ מוֹטָ֔ה שְׁלַ֥ח אֶצְבַּ֖ע וְדַבֶּר־אָֽוֶן׃
Then, when you call, the LORD will answer; When you cry, He will say: Here I am. If you banish the yoke from your midst, The menacing hand, and evil speech,
וְתָפֵ֤ק לָֽרָעֵב֙ נַפְשֶׁ֔ךָ וְנֶ֥פֶשׁ נַעֲנָ֖ה תַּשְׂבִּ֑יעַ וְזָרַ֤ח בַּחֹ֙שֶׁךְ֙ אוֹרֶ֔ךָ וַאֲפֵלָתְךָ֖ כַּֽצָּהֳרָֽיִם׃
And you offer your compassion to the hungry And satisfy the famished creature— Then shall your light shine in darkness, And your gloom shall be like noonday.
וּבָנ֤וּ מִמְּךָ֙ חָרְב֣וֹת עוֹלָ֔ם מוֹסְדֵ֥י דוֹר־וָד֖וֹר תְּקוֹמֵ֑ם וְקֹרָ֤א לְךָ֙ גֹּדֵ֣ר פֶּ֔רֶץ מְשֹׁבֵ֥ב נְתִיב֖וֹת לָשָֽׁבֶת׃
Men from your midst shall rebuild ancient ruins, You shall restore foundations laid long ago. And you shall be called “Repairer of fallen walls, Restorer of lanes for habitation.”