I can’t find it now…but last week, I watched as much as I could of a video of orthodox Jews killing a lamb for their sacrifice. The video shows their care as they inspect the lamb, tie it up, lay it on its back, and carefully shear the wool off of a small area of his neck.
As I watched, Isaiah 53:7 suddenly made sense to me:
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth.
I knew that Jesus was oppressed and afflicted, and in the face of His impending death was silent. What I didn’t realize before was that the shearing- the careful use of a razor blade to remove the wool from the sheep’s neck- is the precursor to death.
Previously, I had wondered why the routine removal of wool made it into this prophetic chapter. Now, I know…it was far from routine. Although the shearing was physically painless, the anticipation of what was to come must have been miserable.
…but He did not open His mouth…