Isaiah 53:10 talks of a servant who will “see seed”:
“Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see seed ( zara is Hebrew for seed) and prolong his days,and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. ”
It is the only time in the entire OT that this phrase appears.Today many say it 100% means biological descent and so it can NOT be about Jesus,who never had children.
I showed in another article that Jewish interpretation of Isaiah 53 said it was about Jeremiah(in the Talmud) and Rabbi Menahem Schneerson (head of the Lubavitcher Jews,a very Orthodox Jewish group,originally from Eastern Europe).
But Jeremiah and Rabbi Schneerson had NO biological descendants.I had written about aspects of Isaiah 53 before,so the whole series is:
A) “Is Isaiah 53 about Jesus or about the Jewish PEOPLE?”
B) “More on Isaiah 53 and if it applies to Jesus”
C) “About the Muslim Argument that Isaiah 9 and Isaiah 53 are NOT about Jesus because they are in the Past Tense”
THE WORD ZARA IN THE OT IS ALSO USED IN A METAPHORICAL(not BIOLOGICAL) SENSE:
We have three cases,and guess what,they are all from Isaiah.They refer to the Jewish PEOPLE as a seed.Here I give the literal words used,from Young’s Literal Translation:
“Ah, sinning nation, a people heavy [with] iniquity, a seed of evildoers, sons — corrupters! They have forsaken Jehovah, They have despised the Holy One of Israel, They have gone away backward.”
“Thou art not united with them in burial, For thy land thou hast destroyed, Thy people thou hast slain, Not named to the age is the seed of evildoers.”
“Against whom do ye sport yourselves? Against whom enlarge ye the mouth? Prolong ye the tongue? Are not ye children of transgression? a false seed(also translated as seed of falsehood)?”
The word zara is used in a metaphorical sense so the seed in Isaiah 53 can just as well refer to a non-biological descendant,a SPIRITUAL one,a disciple,follower.
Two Interesting Debates
1)David Wood vs Bassam Zawadi
“Does the Evidence show that Islam is True?”,1st segment of the debate in youtube
2)David Wood vs Bassam
“Does the Evience show Christianity is True?”,1st segment of the debate in youtube