Did Jesus fail to fulfill Isaiah's prophecy of silence?

Monday Musings for October 03, 2016

Good morning, Musers,

Under what circumstances would a prophecy's fulfillment be suspect? I mean, we Christians pound on their fulfillments (and often with the Jews in view). We assert that the New Testament connects to the Old to reveal that Jesus is the Christ — the Messiah. But what if there were contradictions... like when Isaiah prophesied (and we say concerning Jesus) that he would be silent during his trials "... as a sheep before its shearers is silent..."… and it turns out that he wasn’t silent… because that’s what we have.

“Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate. “You have said so,” Jesus replied."  

Oops! That's a definite lack of silence... or is it?

Does this disqualify Jesus from being the Messiah? Well... that might be a little severe. But does this mean that this beloved prophecy from Isaiah does not apply to Jesus? Now that question has some bite, so this calls for an examination.

Now interestingly, I think that the best answer is right under our noses... and you'll see that in today's piece. But there are other "answers" too that have to do with transferring the proper meaning across time, language and culture (like, how much "official" bite can a simile have?) —but the thing that we cannot do is to throw inerrancy under the bus. So, look for "the" answer last, but take note of the other issues along the way.

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