We had a great day in God's house yesterday, learning about justification and adoption, then spending time at Sam and Abigale's wedding shower. For today, I want to go back to the Old Testament and look at one of the well known Messianic predictions from the book of Isaiah.
Then in that day
The nations will resort to the root of Jesse,
Who will stand as a signal for the peoples;
And His resting place will be 4glorious.
First off, let me say that I am the farthest thing from an expert on Old Testament Messianic prophesy. I know just enough to make me look stupid. That said, I do believe it's important for us to have a baseline understanding of the topic (no different than anything taught in scripture). With that out of the way, the entirety of Isaiah Ch. 11 is a Messianic prophesy, foretelling the eventual Messiah (Jesus). In particular, vs. 10 is talking about the gospel of Christ being preached publicly, and how the nations will rally and begin to follow Christ. The very Messiah that the Jews rejected will be embraced by the Gentiles.
Thankfully, Ch. 11 closes with saying that one day, a remnant of Jews will return to the fold, and follow Jesus.
After the fall of Adam, God put into place a plan-to bless a nation that would follow and serve Him. Unfortunately, that nation (Israel) rejected the one that the Father sent. Eventually, Israel will be restored, and will see the error of their ways.
In my view, Old Testament prophesy should be viewed as a faith booster. Over and over we see things come to pass that were written down long before they happened. This should serve to strengthen and bolster our faith the our Father. Yet, we must always remain humble in how we view and interpret Old Testament prophesy. Problems arise when we think we know everything-and can begin to make our own predictions, based upon a faulty understand of the original intent of the author.