The Messianic songs of Isaiah have been called the "Fifth Gospel" for their rich insight and illumination of the Christ and His mission. Stuart Sacks, Jewish believer, musician, author, and broadcaster shows us how these fascinating sections of the prophecy of Isaiah point to one person as the Jewish Messiah.
“For true justice depends upon the establishment of righteousness (from the same Hebrew word as justice), which only the ‘zeal of the Lord of hosts’ can make a reality (9:6–7).” (Pages 30–31)
“ebhed denotes one whose will is swallowed up in another’s—in other words, a slave” (Page 11)
“Matthew says the recipients of that message would put their hope ‘in His Name’ (Matt. 12:21). The farthest islands are drawn to a Person who reveals the law in its fulness; He embodies the essence of the law. It is no small matter to realize that Matthew saw the relevance of Isaiah 42 in the context of Jesus’ healing the sick who followed Him (Matt. 12:15).” (Page 31)
“Undeniably, Jesus saw the blueprint for His ministry in Isaiah’s Servant (Luke 22:37).” (Page 26)
“Those in need of God’s help are pictured sitting in darkness (42:7); they dwell beneath the shadow of death (9:2). Their lives are characterized by gloom and distress (9:1) because they are walking (pursuing life’s course) devoid of spiritual enlightenment.” (Page 40)
In thirteen short, readable chapters Sacks provides insight into the nature and work of Jesus as Israel's and our Messiah and offers encouragement for those who want to know him and be like him. It would be difficult for anyone to read this book and not be helped by it.
James Montgomery Boice, late pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA
Stuart Sacks brings the prophet Isaiah and his message to our day. It is a message the church needs to hear.
R. C. Sproul, (1939 – 2017) Founder & Chairman of Ligonier Ministries, Orlando, Florida
a much needed antidote to man-centredness and truimphalism; provided in the best possible way- looking at Jesus the servant.
Every generation needs good guides to key portions of the scripture, and the Servant Songs of Isaiah, often referred to as the 'fifth gospel', are surely fundamental to our understanding of the person and work of the Messiah. Stuart Sacks, a Jewish believer, has provided a very accessible guide to the significance and application of these crucial passages. His Jewish insights are woven into the text of the book in an easy manner, I heartily recommend it.
—Walter Riggans, Church's Ministry among Jewish People
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