Day 39: Cut Off
“And after the sixty-two sevens, the Anointed One shall be cut off and shall have nothing”
“For he was cut off from the land of the living, for the transgression of my people he was punished” (Isaiah 53:8).
“I had been like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter; I did not realize that they had plotted against me, saying, ‘Let us destroy the tree and its fruit; let us cut Him off from the land of the living, that His name be remembered no more” (Jeremiah 11:19).
The phrase cut off comes from the Hebrew word meaning done to death. J. Alec Motyer says, “It is a verb with an almost unbroken record of violence.” So when it is used in these verses, it is not just implying that He lost His place, but that He was (or would be) killed. What is also striking about the Isaiah prophecy is that it is plain that the reason the Messiah was cut off was because of the sin of the people. It was not His own transgressions, but for ours that He was “cut off” and “punished.” One commentator said, “Here in Isaiah 53:8 it refers to the servant’s violent, premeditated death as a result of bearing God’s righteous judgment on the sin of fallen mankind.”
The verse from Daniel is in the same passage we looked at when we examined the “Triumphal Entry”. The sixty-two weeks is the date that corresponds to that Palm Sunday event, and only a few days later the “Anointed One” was, indeed, cut off. Most of Daniel’s prophecies have to do with the Second Coming, but this intriguing bit of information, with that corresponding date, point directly to Jesus as the One who would be cut off. The good news of the rest of Daniel is that He will be vindicated and return to gain His rightful place.
As is often the case in prophecy there was a then and yet to come element in the verse from Jeremiah. His statement was originally about himself, but was also prophecy, and is much in keeping with the demeanor of Jesus during that day. Although Jesus did know that they were plotting against Him, wanting to destroy Him from the land of the living and wipe out His name, He was a gentle lamb being led to slaughter. It was not so much the will of man that He was submitting to, as the will of the Father, going humbly and gently to that end.
• Jesus came to be cut off. It was part of His mission, yet He bore it for the joy on the other side of the cross. How does His mindset help you to bear loss and disappointment?
• As you have gone through these many days, how many of these prophecies were familiar to you? What do you think of the amount of prophecies God had pre-positioned to point us to Christ?
Lord, it grieves me that You were cut off, especially because I bear some responsibility. But I rejoice that You will receive all glory and honor due You.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries
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