Isaiah 53:9

He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.

What does it mean to be “assigned a grave with the wicked, and the rich”??

One side could be that the wicked and the rich alike are “assigned a grave”, or death, or hell, eternal separation from God.

Why would wicked be lumped with rich in this case though?  The only thing I can think of is the rich mentioned are those that put their love of money in front of their love of God.  Jesus even says we cannot love both God and money.  We will love one and hate the other.  And if we choose anything other than the Lord – he will give us over to that desire, no matter how much it may break his heart…..

One important thing to note, however, it’s not a sin to have money.  Solomon was blessed with riches and splendor beyond our imagination.  It is however a sin to love money, covet money, make money an idol.  That sin can apply to rich and poor alike.

Notice in these verses, there is a comma between the wicked and the rich.  This was prophetic of Jesus’ death and burial.  Jesus was condemned as a criminal.  He was hung on a cross, as that was the norm in Jesus’ day for criminals – we see two others were crucified next to him.  But while criminals were typically thrown in an unmarked “grave” afterwards, Jesus was buried in a wealthy man’s tomb.

As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.  Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him.  Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,  and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. (Matthew 27:57-60)

The key here, for me anyway, is the second half of Isaiah 53:9.

though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Jesus, who knew no sin, BECAME sin for the sake of our righteousness through him.  We are sinners.  We deserve death.  Through the death and ressurection of Christ, our sins are bought and paid for.  Praise the Lord!


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