All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
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. Isaiah 53:6-7
I heard the Holy Spirit begin to quote this passage to me. It’s one I have had memorized for many years and always recite it with a beat the way I memorized it. As He began to quote this with the beat He immediately grabbed my attention.
I thought, I have not thought of this scripture in a while, why is Holy Spirit bringing it to me now? The Silent Lamb, He opened not His mouth.
As I paused to lean into verse 6, I had a flash vision of how humanity each go about their way day to day. Each one caring for themselves and theirs. Each going our own way. We pass one another and connect with those we know and occasionally another is added.
At times we migrate and join others if the conditions are right per our wants or needs. Creating flocks within the world.
The Lamb who was slain had all of our iniquities laid upon Him. Do we still try to lay our iniquities on others I thought? Do we still lay iniquities charge on one another? The Lord has already carried these iniquities away, paying every charge.
He opened not His mouth, this Silent Lamb. Such a heavy load, such an expense to pay and yet He was silent. He opened not His mouth.
He did not grumble, He did not manipulate to say I’m doing this, now you should repay. He did not speak in arrogance as if to say look at me and the price I am paying. He opened not His mouth, this Silent Lamb.
When a sheep is led to slaughter they well may know per routine some of what lies ahead. Animals are very intelligent in learning patterns of human behaviour.
Jesus, the Lamb knew well where He was being led and yet He opened not His mouth. He did not fight it, He did not use it to manipulate as a bargaining tool, He did not grumble…
He simply went knowing it was time and was neccessary.
How often do we grumble and complain dreading the sacrificial things we know are required. How often do we lay another charge for one’s iniquities? How often do we go our own way only willing to connect if it fits our wants.
To be like the Sacrifical Holy Lamb that was slain! To be as dumb and open not my mouth. To be as one willing to make sacrifices, to be as one dead and allow The Lamb to Live. These our my hearts cries.
“I love you, I already carried it all” – this is the cry of the Silent Lamb.