274: Isaiah 55:5


365 Prophecies: Prophecy 274

The Messiah shall also call the Gentile nations to salvation.

Old Testament Prediction:

Isaiah 55:5 Surely you shall call a nation you do not know, And nations who do not know you shall run to you, Because of the LORD your God, And the Holy One of Israel; For He has glorified you.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Acts 11:1, 18 Now the apostles and brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”

Matthew 22:41-46 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “The Son of David.” 43 He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying: 44 ‘The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool” ’? 45 If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?” 46 And no one was able to answer Him a word.

Matthew 8:5-13 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 21:43-45 “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.” Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking of them.

Application:

From this verse in Isaiah 53:5, we see that it was always the plan of God to save the Gentile nations, as well as Israel. Jesus came as the Messiah for all people, for all time. This was most likely a surprise to the Jews living in Israel at the time that Jesus spoke these words. It was assumed that when the Messiah came to Jerusalem and was announced as the Messiah, that He was coming to redeem the nation of Israel.

Acts 10:45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.

Those Jews who were alive at the time that Jesus was in Israel believed that the Gentile nations existed as nothing more than fodder for the fires of hell.[1] They were certain that salvation was for the Jews alone. When the disciples began to announce that God was offering salvation to the Gentiles as well as Israel, there was great objection from the Jews to this pronouncement.

Acts 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.”

Acts 14:4 But the multitude of the city was divided: part sided with the Jews, and part with the apostles.

What was surprising is the fact that the Jews were apparently not well-studied in their own scriptures, particularly the area of prophecy. Appointed as “teachers of the law,” these men should have been aware of this verse from Isaiah 55:5 that speaks of the Messiah, bringing salvation for the Gentiles as well as the Jews. Today, there are still many Jews who have not understood the purpose of the Messiah’s first arrival on earth as a servant to die for the sins of the world. They also fail to recognize that the Messiah will be both the Son of God and the Son of David.

The Messiah will be the Son of God
The Messiah will be the son of David

The Jews did not understand that Jehovah God and Jesus, though both are God, are described as two separate and distinct members of the Godhead. Jesus asked the Pharisees how David’s son could be called “Lord” (Messiah) and “his son” at the same time.

The fact that Jesus is both David’s Son (future descendant) and his Lord is confirmed by Jesus’ question to the Pharisees. “How can the coming Christ, the Messiah, be both David’s Son and his Lord?” See Prophecy 142.

Psalms 110:1a The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”

When Jesus asks this question of the religious leadership in Israel, no one was able to answer Him.

Matthew 22:41-45 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “The Son of David.” He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying: “The LORD said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool’ ”? If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?”

In this 274th prophecy, Isaiah 55:5 makes a similar statement that the Messiah is also called LORD or Jehovah.

Notice that the Messiah and God are mentioned as two separate people, in Genesis 19:24. In Psalms 110:1, the Messiah is called Jehovah.

Genesis 19:23-24  The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered Zoar. 24 Then the LORD (Jehovah) rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord (Messiah) out of the heavens.

Psalms 110:1 The LORD (Jehovah) said to my Lord (the Messiah), “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”

This is an indication that this prophecy from Isaiah 55:5 is speaking of two distinct persons of the Trinity. This is confirmed in the New Testament, where Jesus as the Messiah calls God My Father. The Messiah, though He is the Eternal Creator and God—when He arrives, He will submit Himself to God on our behalf, to secure the salvation of all people.

Isaiah 55:5 “…the LORD (Jehovah) your God, And the Holy One of Israel (the Messiah) ; For He has glorified you.”


[1] From: Zohar in Gen. fol. 104. 3. Vid. Bechinot Olam, p. 178, “he that studies not in the law in this world, but is defiled , “with the pollutions of the world”, what is written of him? and they took him, and cast him without.”

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