[b-hebrew] Mashiach

Harold Holmyard hholmyard at ont.com
Wed Aug 30 18:40:06 EDT 2006

Dear Shoshanna,

>No, I don't see verses 1 - 13 referring to Mashiach.  And verse 13, 
>first part, is directed to Cyrus, not all of Israel, and second half 
>refers to what Cyrus will do, not Mashiach.
>And remember, kings who were not Mashiach, were also annointed - that 
>is the reference in verse 1.

HH: Liz does not seem to realize that Isaiah continually compares the 
individual servant (not Israel the servant) with Cyrus.  There is a lot 
in common between the servant and Cyrus because both will be world 
rulers, and Isaiah is prophesying them both before they come on the 
scene. Cyrus is the near-term prophetic fulfillment, and the servant is 
the far-term fulfillment. Cyrus was a king, and this helps us to see 
that servant will be a king. Cyrus is called God's anointed, and this 
helps to make the comparison closer. Cyrus will save Israel from its 
exile and captivity, and in that way he is especially like the servant, 
who will do the same for Israel. God even calls Cyrus his servant. But 
we know that the Messiah will be an Israelite, and this helps us to see 
that the servant is not Cyrus. The servant will be the ruler of Israel 
as an Israelite:

Is. 49:3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will 
be glorified.
Is. 49:4 Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength 
for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my 
work with my God.
Is. 49:5 And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his 
servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet 
shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my 

HH: The Lord makes this comparison between Cyrus and the servant so that 
history can catch a glimpse of the servant's future greatness,

Harold Holmyard

Harold Holmyard


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