The Banner Of Truth 2014
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4 )

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
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HE IS DESPISED AND REJECTED OF MEN
BY AL STONER

 

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” (Isa. 53:3).  

 Other Translations.  (AMP) “He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men]”, (CEV) “He was hated and rejected”,  (CLV) “Despised is He, and shunned by men”,  (EB) “Despised was he, and forsaken of men”,  (GNB) “We despised him and rejected him”,  (MSTC) “He was despised and cast out of men's company)”, (NAB) “He was spurned and avoided by men”,  (NASB) “He was despised and forsaken of men”, (RSV) “He was despised and rejected by men”.

Some Involvements of Being Despised and Rejected

To be despised: to be abhorred, to be shunned, to be loathed, to be looked down upon, to be looked upon with contempt, to be scorned, to be disdained, to be the object of a low regard, to be regarded as offscouring, to be hated, and with regard to the Savior, it was, and is, “without cause”.
To be rejected: to not be welcomed into another’s company, to not be received, to be disallowed, to not be recognized for who one really is, to be cast away, to be excluded from men’s company, unreasonably and without cause.
The Effects of this upon the Son of God: All of the despising and rejection, every part of it, had the effect of adding more to the acute inward suffering which the Man Christ Jesus had already been called upon to endure.  He was a “Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.”
As preparatory for being made a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, it was necessary that the Lord Jesus Christ be so constituted as Emmanuel, the Son of God and the Son of Man, to uniquely and tenderly experience, and be touched by, sorrow, grief, and pain, and that “His soul” (Isa. 53:10-11) not be shielded from the multifaceted miseries that would be brought upon Him "in the days of His flesh" (Heb. 4:15), including the despising and rejection of men.  

The Constitution of Man Created in the Image of God

Men were not originally constituted of God for familiarity with suffering and pain, although they, in the wisdom of God, certainly have the capacity for that experience.  Men were made to continuously have the Lord God’s approval (cf. Gen. 1:31), to dwell forever in the Presence of the Holy One (cf. Gen. 3:22-24), and to have dominion over the works of God’s hands (Gen. 1:26; Ps. 8:6).  Men were not created to be the objects of despising and rejection.  This was not the purpose for which men were created.

Men were made to dwell in an environment of unfeigned love and complete acceptance with regards to both God and men, not one of despising and rejection.  This consideration is underwritten by the great commandment in the law.  “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Mt. 22:36-40). 


These commandments are not only setting forth the Divine expectation for men, but also are witnessing to the way things shall be in truth, when once all the vestiges of the curse are removed at Christ’s appearing.  When He shall have changed “our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body” (Phil. 3:21), redeemed men and women shall think, reason, judge, and act like the Lord Jesus Christ without the opposing law of sin in their members to contend with.  Despising and rejection shall then take their place among the former things, which shall no longer be remembered, neither shall they come to mind.  But the Lord Jesus Christ was first despised and rejected of men.
Now in Christ Jesus we have been created with a capacity and desire for “joy and gladness” (Isa. 51:3) and for “the way of peace” (Lk. 1:79).  We have been created to have undistracted attentiveness, love, and devotion to the Lord and to His Christ.  We are being conformed to the image of God’s Son (Rom. 8:29), and thus have a fundamental desire for being pleasing unto God.   We were made to be free from bondage of every sort.  We were made to be free to serve the living God. "The Spirit which dwelleth in us lusteth to envy" (Jas. 4:5), crying, as it were, "Let My people go that they may serve Me."  Now in Christ Jesus, these benefits have become substantive in nature, and things which the new man continually gravitates towards; yea, they are things which are blessedly and lastingly sustainable through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The new man was not made for despising and rejection, although often in the present time it is called upon to endure these baser things.

The entrance of sin into the world did complicate matters, speaking as a man.  There is within us a dreadful tendency to greatly underestimate how far we fell in Adam and also the lingering effects of the old man that are yet with us, and which must be constantly crucified. But we, who now have the firstfruits of the Spirit, shall bid a final farewell to these oftentimes grievous handicaps in the morning of the resurrection.


Sin has now been completely put away by the Savior, and all the evil effects that were wrought by sin have been wonderfully set at naught and reversed through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. He who tasted death for every man (Heb. 2:8-9), and who was also made to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (II Cor. 5:20-21), was first despised and rejected of men. Life and immortality have now been brought to light through the preaching of the gospel. But the foundational work was first wrought by Him who was first despised and rejected of men. --Editor

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"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).