Israel’s Unbelief – Isaiah 53:1

Who has believed our message? – Isaiah 53:1a

We begin with an exclamation of Israel’s unbelief, bringing our attention to the scarcity of true believers among the chosen people. Who has believed this report we have been hearing for 2000 years? Only a small percentage. In the Tribulation period the remnant will understand the meaning of this verse and identify it with themselves.

John picked up this concept of unbelief in the New Testament. He says in John 12:37-38

But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him; that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke, “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

Paul, in Romans 10:16 also took up this idea “However, they did not all heed the glad tidings; For Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed our report?'”

This is an example of Literal Prophecy and Literal Fulfillment, for it was prophesied that we would not believe.

And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? – Isaiah 53:1b

We will now find out who the arm of the Lord is. It is the Suffering Servant, the one who will redeem Israel without money and without price.