Light to the Nations

 
 I love this passage!!  The great prophet Isaiah, prophesying about the coming Messiah.  The message he brings here is to the Gentiles, not just to his usual audience, namely the Jewish nation – Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. 
He made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow; in his quiver he hid me away.   Although we cling to His role as savior, we like to forget that Jesus has a dual purpose – both as savior and judge.  God the Father “hid” away until it was time to reveal him, he was a “polished” arrow, free from sin.  The Father kept his polished arrow protected in His quiver until it was time for Him to drawn from that quiver when God saw fit.

But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the Lord, and my recompense with my God.  Jesus, like the prophets before him, was not received by the people he came to save.  Think about this – In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120)….,” Acts‬ ‭1:15‬ ‭ESV‬‬.  After Jesus’ entire earthly ministry, including his crucifixion, his resurrection, walking on the earth for forty days, and his ultimate ascension into heaven, the total number of his disciples was a whopping 120!   After 3 years of performing miracles, feeding thousands, walking on water, raising the dead, and ultimately submitting himself to the will of the Father who sent him, he had actually converted 120 believers.  That was the Church he left.  But – He left knowing the Father would give Him the ultimate triumph, his vindication.  We need to remember this when we go about our business of sharing the Gospel to all nations…we are to plant the seeds, God will look after them, water them, and bring our work to fruition, but we have to trust Him.
And now the Lord says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him— for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord, and my God has become my strength— he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”   Until now, salvation was thought to be only for the Jews.  Here, God announces he will be taking His salvation beyond the Jews, to the ends of the earth!!  Israel as a nation was meant for this purpose, ““I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations,” Isaiah‬ ‭42:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬,  but instead of being a light to the nations they fell constantly into idol worship and turning away from their God (just as we do to this day).  This mission was reassigned to Jesus, who would fulfilled Israels obligation to God and be the light of the world, to bring those of the world to Himself.  We seem to have forgotten this today.  We think we are the only people chosen by God for salvation.  We are indeed chosen, but we are chosen for our commission, to be the light of the world and spread the Good News about Jesus Christ to all people and all nations!!   


 

“Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name. He made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow; in his quiver he hid me away. And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the Lord, and my recompense with my God.” And now the Lord says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him— for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord, and my God has become my strength— he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.””
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭49:1-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/isa.49.1-6.esv

John Lewis

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2 thoughts on “Light to the Nations

  1. Too many of the politically correct teach the satanic bible that we do not need Jesus and that we can do what ever we want because we are all going to Heaven because Jehovah is a loving God. Boy are they ever in for a shock.

    This was a great post

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