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).


“He was oppressed, and He was Afflicted”
Part 1
By Al Stoner
“He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth.” (Isa. 53:7).
Other Translations

=>    “Hard pressed is He and being humbled (CLV)
=>     “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted (abased)”
=>     “He was abused and punished” (GW)
=>   “Men were cruel to Him” (BBE)
=>    “He was painfully abused” (CEV)
=>     “He was treated harshly” (GNB)
=>   “He was oppressed, that was already afflicted” (Noyes)
=>     “He suffered violence, and was evil intreated” (Bishops’ Bible)
=>     “He was oppressed, [yet when] He was afflicted, He was submissive and opened not His mouth” (AMP)
He was oppressed. To oppress: “To impose excessive burdens upon; to overload; hence, to treat with unjust rigor or with cruelty.” “To injure, crush by hardship, subdue.” “To load or burden with unreasonable impositions; to treat with unjust severity, rigor or hardship.”  For the godly oppression is more keenly felt when it seems that God is not as near as He was at other times. This was especially the case with the Lord Jesus Christ when He was “delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God” to be “crucified and slain” “by wicked hands” (Acts 2:23). “I will say unto God my rock, Why hast Thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” (Ps. 42:9).
He was afflicted. To afflict: “To give to the body or mind pain which is continued or of some permanence; to grieve, or distress; as, one is afflicted with the gout, or with melancholy, or with losses and misfortunes”. “To trouble; to harass; to distress.”  “To give pain, trouble, vex, affect”.   “To flagellate, to whip” but here with an added inward significance, a flagellation, not only of the body, but also of the mind and heart. “To inflict some great injury or hurt upon, causing continued pain or mental distress; to trouble grievously; to torment”.   Some synonyms are: “To trouble; grieve; pain; distress; harass; torment; wound; hurt.” “Wherefore hidest Thou Thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?” (Ps. 44:24; cf. Ps. 22:1-24). The first part of Psalm 22 is one of many places in Scripture that give a very graphic portrayal of the inward sufferings of Christ, both of the oppression and the affliction endured by Him.


Oppression and Affliction. Oppression and affliction are only possible because of the earthen vessel in which men are presently housed, and preeminently the Man Christ Jesus, “in the days of His flesh” (Heb. 4:15). It is elsewhere called “the body of our humiliation” (Phil. 3:21, AMP), and “the earthly house of our tabernacle” (II Cor. 5:1). 
The fact the Lord Jesus Christ was oppressed and afflicted in the days of His flesh speaks volumes about the nature and extent to which He humbled Himself (cf. Phil. 2:5-8).  He was being oppressed and afflicted by creatures that He Himself created! Great, indeed, is the mystery of godliness! The words “He was oppressed, and He was afflicted”, recorded by the Prophet Isaiah, are one of many Divine commentaries on the extent and degree to which the Lord Jesus humbled Himself.
The oppression and affliction that Jesus tasted of was far greater than that of any of the sons of men, far greater than that of those who are presently being readied for eternal glory. Those who have believed on the Son of God are given to partake of many of the same kinds of sufferings that He did, but not to any degree approaching the incomprehensible intensity or severity endured by the Savior. 
We know from the Scripture that God does nothing without cause (Ezek. 14:23; Rom. 1:26; I Cor. 11:30; II Th. 2:11; I Tim. 1:16; Heb. 9:15, etc.), and we must conclude that Christ being oppressed and afflicted, and especially to the degree that He was, was absolutely necessary for the putting away of sin and for the satisfaction of God the Father that sin had been adequately punished in His beloved Son. We must also see in this grievous nature of sin and the price of putting it away forever.
His willingness to submit to being oppressed and afflicted in this manner speaks volumes about His love and devotion to His Father, and of His love for us.  Yea, it is a Divine commentary of Christ’s love.
Eternal Significance. Oppression and affliction only have eternal significance because of the heavenly treasure that is presently housed in the earthen vessel (cf. II Cor. 4:6-11).  The earthen vessel derives the heavenly significance that it has from fact that it is presently housing the heavenly treasure. 
Oppression and affliction, for those who are living by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, are now made to be a source of purpose, yea of eternal purpose, from the fact that the Savior once was tabernacled in a body like ours, but now He is glorified and exalted at the right hand of God, as our Forerunner (Heb. 6:20), our great High Priest (Heb. 8:1), and the Captain of our salvation (Heb. 2:10).

(Continued Tomorrow)


"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).