We use adjectives and adverbs to set boundaries and to state degrees of other words in our sentences. For example, ‘red’ may describe the car I drive and ‘really’ fast my speed. One of my favorite adverbs is ‘indeed’, which means you can count on the subject that prompted my exclamation being true.
Others have used ‘surely’ in the same way, including Jacob and Joseph and Paul. Confidence was expressed by Jacob’s use of ‘surely’ in Genesis 28.16. Further, he says ‘you can count on it’ in Genesis 28.22. Joseph stated, in Genesis 50.24, his faith and confidence in God’s willingness and ability to lead his Hebrew descendants from Egypt and into the land He promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Apostle Paul used ‘sure’ to declare two strong promises to believers in Romans 8.38 and Philippians 1.6. All of these were without doubt.
‘Surely’ seems to be one of God’s favorite adverbs, which expresses the confidence and lack of doubt of my ‘indeed’. For example, we look back upon the reality of God’s prophetic ‘surely’ in Genesis 18.10 and 18.
With this established, what do you think it means that God used ‘surely’ in Isaiah 53.4?
Why did He not use it in Isaiah 53.5?
Was God saying ‘surely’ when He gave Moses the instruction about the bronze serpent?
Since God expressed His confidence that Jesus ‘surely’ took pains and sickness upon Himself, why do Jesus-followers still not believe this and describe satan’s attack as ‘my cancer, rash, etc’?
Indeed, Jesus took sickness and disease upon Himself at Calvary, and we are healed by His stripes, as Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2.24!