It has been a few days since we looked at the Book Of Romans together. You might recall that we were studying verse two where Paul remarked that he was a preacher of, “the gospel he (God) promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures” Romans 1:2
If you have missed our previous conversation you can find it at THE ROAD THROUGH ROMANS PAGE.
In our conversation so far we have established that the Gospel was given in pieces-parts to men and women in the Old Testament. It was preached by increments until the birth of Jesus revealed “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”. John 1:29
We could go on for a long time about all the little portions of Messianic promise that were given through the Old Testament period, but our purpose here is not to study the Old Testament but the Book Of Romans. I don’t want to belabor the point. I really just want to show that Paul was not preaching a new message just an old Message that was being tied together and fulfilled through one man, Jesus Christ.
Before we move on though I do want to share one more passage of Old Testament Scripture which is going to be very important to us as we move through the rest of Romans. That is the passage of Scripture from Isaiah which reveals Messiah as the suffering servant.
In Isaiah 53 we read,
Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.[b]
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life[d] and be satisfied[e];
by his knowledge[f] my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[g]
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,[h]
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
This Old Testament prophecy is a picture of Jesus. Throughout Romans Paul is going to explain exactly how this prophecy played out through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Let’s move on to find out more!