Summary of passage: Who has believed Isaiah (that the Servant would suffer when the Lord is so mighty?) The Servant grew before him like a tender shoot and out of dry ground. He had no external beauty or majesty to attract us to him. He was a man of sorrows, one whom men hide from, so he was despised and not esteemed.
6a) He grew up with the people like a tender shoot (weak and insignificant–not like a tall tree) and like a root out of dry ground (as opposed to living waters). He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him and nothing in his appearance we should desire (he wasn’t People Magazine’s Sexiest Man of the Year in essence or possess JFK’s charisma). He was rejected and a man of suffering.
b) Very important to our culture. Models, actors, actresses make a lot of money and are coveted. Even in politics you have to look the part. Society’s values of beauty has led to anorexia, bulimia, plastic surgery, etc–all to look perfect.
It used to be very important to me. I fell into the trap society lays for young women. I battled overeating and anorexia. Now, as I’m older, I’m not quite as concerned. I still want to look good but it’s more emphasis on the health aspects of being fit and not for beauty reasons.
7a) He was despised and rejected by men and not esteemed. Jesus didn’t look like what people thought a Messiah should.
b) Hebrews 2:5-18 “…God…should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering…since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity…because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”
Luke 24:26 “Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?”
In order to save man from himself, Jesus had to become man. All people suffer. Thus, Jesus had to suffer. He physically took our sins, to be our path to the Father and eternal life.
c) Utter gratitude, humility, something human emotions cannot express
Conclusions: It’s unfathomable to think what God has done for us through Jesus. I cannot adequately express my feelings and thoughts. It’s beyond human comprehension. God became man and suffered (when He Created us) out of His intimate love for us and His desire to have us always by His side forever. Unfathomable.
End Note: Admittedly, I had no idea where to find Question 7b. Here’s the best of what I found for those curious: