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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

What is Truth? (Isaiah 53)

Do you think most people in our nation today want to know what is true or are they content to believe what they want truth to be? In other words, are people still interested enough in the truth to search for it or is truth relative for each individual?

As I read through the last several chapters of Isaiah this morning, I was overwhelmed by the truth of his prophecies. My eyes literally welled up with tears and I just started praying what I was reading as I was so aware of God's greatness, the absolute truth in what I was reading, and my need to confess my own sins and repent.

My mind then wandered to a recent, May 2022 Gallup survey, which indicated that only 20% of all U.S. adults believe the Bible is actually the Word of God. Even scarier, only 25% of Christian U.S. adults believe the Bible is the Word of God.

And I thought to myself, how can this possibly be!?! How could anyone read Isaiah and not be overwhelmed with the truth. God tells us what He is going to do through the prophet Isaiah and then history very clearly records that it happened just as God's Word said it would happen. For example:

  • Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

Jesus was that baby, born of a virgin, and called Immanuel, "God with us" because Jesus is God, who came to us in human flesh.

  • Isaiah 45:1,4 Thus says the LORD to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held - to subdue nations before him and loose the armor of kings, .. [4] For Jacob My servant's sake, and Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me.

Cyrus, King of Persia, was so overwhelmed to see that God had called him by name and recorded the victories He gave him before Cyrus was even born, that he believed God and released the Jews from their Babylonian captivity so they could return to Israel and rebuild the temple.

Cyrus also wrote to the rulers and governors that they should contribute to the rebuilding of the temple. Why would this Persian king possibly do this?

There's only one explanation. Cyrus was so overwhelmed as he understood the undeniable truth of God's Word through the Prophet Isaiah, that he had to obey God and let the captives free.

  • Isaiah 53:5 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.

The 53rd chapter of Isaiah is so clearly a prophecy of Jesus that it is not read in synagogues to this day. There is a ministry called the "Isaiah 53 Ministry" that goes around reading Isaiah 53 to Jews and asking them "who is this written about?" When they respond, "Jesus," they are then told it was written by the great prophet Isaiah, 700 years before Jesus was born.

Many Jews today are coming to faith in Jesus when they realize Isaiah forecast Jesus' birth, his sacrificial death, and His kingdom yet to come in which those who seek the truth will reign with Him as priests.

So then why do 80% of people today not believe God's Word is true with all the prophecies throughout the whole Bible which prove it's validity through history more than any other litmus test we require to define truth?

Could it be because most people are no longer seeking truth?

Could it be that 80% of people in the US today would rather believe the Bible is false than read it and see that it is without question, truth without error?

Dear Lord, I pray that more people, even today, would just open up Your Word and test it to see if it is in fact truth. Lord, I pray for eyes to see and ears to hear, while there is still time, while there is still Day. In Jesus' name, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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