Isaiah 53

It is a well known fact and I looked it up to confirm, that Jews do not read Isaiah 53.  It does not appear in synagogue calendar readings. They have daily assigned readings.

Each week, synagogues across the world read a section fro the Torah (the  five books of Moses).  In Hebrew, this passage is called Parashat HaShavua, which means "portion of the week".  Sometimes it is called the parsha or sidra.

The Jewish community follows a schedule of readings based on the Hebrew calendar.  Over the course of a year, the entire Torah is read publicly during the synagogue services.  Each reading has a name based on one of the important Hebrew words in the first sentence of the passage.  There are fifty-four portions in the regular cycle.

With that is mind I found it so interesting that in Acts 8:26 and angel told the deacon Phillip to go down to Gaza by the desert route.  The angel was sending him on assignment!Assignment to someone who was seeking.  

Phillip went and encountered an Ethiopian eunuch serving under the Queen of Ethiopia. He had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was on the road, going back home.  Sitting in his chariot, he was reading from you guessed it, Isaiah 53! Vs 29 the Holy Spirit told Phillip to go talk to him about what he was reading and ask him if he understood it.  And no he did not understand it!  But God sent an angel and Phillip, and the Holy Spirit gave instructions, all for the this one Ethiopian!

After gaining understanding the man wanted to be baptized, and when they came out of the water, Phillip was translated!  Poof!  He was gone!   The Lord picked him up and moved him to Azotus where he preached in those towns.  

The man got saved and baptized reading Isaiah 53!


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