he verb in Hebrew “nisa” – נישא – means “lifted up.” There is a beautiful string of verses in Isaiah with this word. In Isaiah 3:11-17
, everything that is lifted up which does not glorify the Lord will be brought low. In Isaiah 6:1-3
, there is a glorified King lifted up and sitting on the throne of God, worshiped by angels, crying “holy, holy, holy.” In Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12
, the servant of the Lord is high and lifted up in the midst of suffering and pain.
Is the Lord lifted up and glorious or is He lifted up and suffering? The answer of course is both. In Isaiah 57:15, the two images are resolved as the Lord is both lifted up, yet also dwells with the lowly.
The idea of the servant-king being “lifted up” is expanded in the New Covenant. John refers to Yeshua on the cross as “lifted up” to save all men (John 3:14; 8:28: 12:32-34). Yeshua is described as lifted up to heaven in the ascension in Acts 2:23, and sitting above all authorities in Ephesians 1:22 and 4:10. In Hebrews 7:26, the Messiah as our spiritual high priest is lifted up to heaven, holy and separated from sin.
Yeshua is the Nasi