atonement for Israel

"Comfort, O comfort My people," says your God. "Speak kindly to Jerusalem; And call out to her, that her warfare has ended, That her iniquity has been removed, That she has received of the LORD'S hand Double for all her sins."
(Isaiah 40:1-2)

In this passage we hear of Israel's experience described as an atonement. that atonement will be summed up in Jesus' death. Their exile and ongoing dishonor among the nations is actually the weighty hand of their God who is displeased with a people who have sinned nationally and individually against their maker. The passage quoted above has it's meaning filled up in Jesus. This perspective of fullfillment would be a good discussion topic as we open up the Gosples.

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