as a sheep before His shearers

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…

for us.

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