Questions for Jews regarding the suffering servant in Isaiah 52 & 53...?
If he was addressing those passages to the Israelites, then how can the Israelites also be the suffering servant?
Especially in regards to these verses:
3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
I understand the whole "pierced" vs "lion" stuff...that's not what I'm interested in. I have a copy of the JPS Tanakh at home. What I'm wondering is how the servant can be Israel if the servant is to bear the sins of Israel.
Get over yourself.