This chapter is about the Messiah.They talk about the suffering that Jesus will go through. It talks about some conditional promises… very interesting see v.10-12:
But the Lord was pleased
To crush Him, putting Him to grief;
If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
He will see His offspring,
He will prolong His days,
And the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.
11 As a result of the anguish of His soul,
He will see it and be satisfied;
By His knowledge the Righteous One,
My Servant, will justify the many,
As He will bear their iniquities.
12 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.
I received the sense that if Jesus had not done certain things then these conditional promises wouldn’t have happened. I read it like this:
IF He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
[THEN] He will see His offspring,
[THEN] He will prolong His days, and
[THEN] the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.
It seems to me like there was a very real risk of failure. Failing was actually a possibility in the sense that Jesus, being a human, fully adopted the capabilities and limitations we have.
This chapter also reinforces the idea that The Messiah suffered so that we could be healed:
But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well- being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.
(Also see previous devotions about getting healing from sin.)