218: Isaiah 49:7


COPYRIGHT WARNING

365 Prophecies: Prophecy 218

The Messiah will be despised and abhorred by the leaders in Israel.

Old Testament Prediction:

Isaiah 49:7 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.”

New Testament Fulfillment:

Acts 13:46-48 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. 47 For so the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ” 48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.

John 8:48-49 Then the Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?” Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me.

Application:

As Paul recounted to the leaders of Antioch, in Prophecy 217, Isaiah states in this 218th prediction the unwillingness of the Jews in Israel to receive the Messiah when He finally arrived in their midst. The leaders of Israel refused to accept Jesus for many different reasons: All of which were simply excuses—for God had proven by Jesus words and works that He was the promised Messiah. This stubborn refusal remains to the present day. No matter how great the evidence is for Jesus as the Messiah, the Jews will still not receive Him; and the Gentiles, as a whole, think salvation by one man is foolishness.

It was at Antioch that the believers in Jesus as the Messiah were first called Christians. There were five men here who were called prophets and teachers. Barnabas, Simeon, and Lucius were the prophets; and Paul and Manaen were teachers.

Barnabas was from the tribe of Levi and was born in Cyprus, who later lived in Jerusalem, and is a man known for his positive and encouraging words to those in the church. Luke described Barnabas as a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith.

Acts 11:24 For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.

Lucius (Luke, not the physician) and Manaen (a foster brother of Herod the Tetrarch) are little known to us, for there is not much information given about them in the New Testament. Simon is believed to be from Africa and was most likely the Simon of Cyrene described in the Gospels who was compelled to help Jesus carry His cross. His two sons Alexander and Rufus are listed among those in the church at Rome.

Mark 15:21 Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to bear His cross.

Imagine coming alongside Jesus as He had recently been beaten so severely that He has collapsed under the weight of the upper cross member He was carrying. Simon looking into the blood-covered eyes of Jesus, seeing His suffering, and the Love that shined out from His face. Simon was no doubt transformed by this experience and carried in his heart and mind, for the rest of His life, the imprint of that moment when He saw Jesus for who He truly is.

In describing prophets who are speaking forth prophecy, this includes those who are “forthtelling” as well as “foretelling” the scriptures. Forthtelling is to speak to people what God has already said. Foretelling is to predict future events, as God gives this knowledge. Teachers of the word of God are those who are relating the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah to their New Testament fulfillments—which was the task of Paul. He stood before the Jews and showed them systematically how Jesus fulfilled each of the Old Testament predictions of the coming Messiah.

This is in some regard what I have been endeavoring to accomplish in this book. As a student of Bible prophecy myself for over 39 years, I had not found a single publication which took the primary prophecies of the Old Testament and put them together in a single location with applications for how Jesus met these requirements. I first determined to only list the Old Testament prophecies with their New Testament fulfillment. Once this was accomplished, I realized that it would also be necessary to relate in practical terms how the fulfillment of each prophecy were important to our lives today. Finally, detailing the relationship each prophecy has with each other and hot linking them together for ease of use and symmetry.

Similarly with prophecy 217, in this 218th prediction, the leaders of Israel were not willing to receive Jesus as the Messiah, though Paul systematically demonstrated beyond a doubt from the Law and the Prophets that Jesus met all the requirements of the Messiah perfectly. These leaders of Israel so despised and abhorred the Lord, that they were not only unwilling to receive Him but sought to put Him to death so as to silence Him forever. In fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy, Paul and Barnabas informed these men that since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold we turn to the Gentiles.

Acts 13:46-48 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. 47 For so the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ” 48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.


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