The Messiah is for both the Jews and the Gentiles

Isaiah Bible Background

Old Testament: Isa 49.5–7

To read the Bible in a year, read Isaiah 48–49 on October 12, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

From the beginning, God had always intended to make a Savior available for the whole world and not just Israel, but He would use Israel to bring the Savior into the world. You can see God’s concern for both Israel and the world in this prophecy:

“And now the LORD says,
Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant,
To bring Jacob back to Him,
So that Israel is gathered to Him
(For I shall be glorious in the eyes of the LORD,
And My God shall be My strength),
Indeed He says,
‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob,
And to restore the preserved ones of Israel;
I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles,
That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
Thus says the LORD,
The Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One,
To Him whom man despises,
To Him whom the nation abhors,
To the Servant of rulers:
“Kings shall see and arise,
Princes also shall worship,
Because of the LORD who is faithful,
The Holy One of Israel;
And He has chosen You.”

– Isaiah 49.5–7

The Messiah would restore the people of Israel and He would serve as a light to the Gentiles, even taking the message of salvation to the ends of the earth.

Questions:

  • Have you been saved yet?
  • Was the first prophecy of a Savior made after or before Israel became a nation?

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