Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when you shall make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed…
I. HUMAN REDEMPTION IS A PLEASURE TO THE ALMIGHTY, It is not a mere work of intellect, it is a. work of the heart. It is "His good pleasure." It is the highest qualification of His benevolence. It is benevolence restoring the rebellious to order, the sinful to holiness, the miserable to blessedness. What is most pleasing to a being always —
1. Engages most of his thoughts.
2. Enlists most of his energies.
II. HUMAN REDEMPTION IS ENTRUSTED TO CHRIST. It shall "prosper in His hands." He has undertaken the work. Four things are necessary to qualify a being to succeed in any undertaking.
1. He should enter on it from a deep sympathy with it. We persevere most in the work we most love.
2. He should foresee all me difficulties that are destined to occur. When difficulties arise which we never anticipated, we often get baffled and disheartened.
3. He should have power equal to all the emergencies of the case.
4. He should have sufficient time for its accomplishment. Death often prevents us from finishing our work. Christ has all these qualifications.
III. HUMAN REDEMPTION IS DESTINED TO SUCCEED. It "shall prosper." An argument for the certainty of its accomplishment.
1. Therefore do not be perplexed by the dispensations of Providence. The result of all the outcome of the chaos will be glorious.
2. Therefore do not be discouraged in your Christian labours.
Parallel VersesKJV: Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
WEB: Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise him. He has caused him to suffer. When you make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed. He shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of Yahweh shall prosper in his hand.