Messiah – Promised, Despised, Rejected

FRIDAY

There are so many verses related to the first coming of Messiah – we could spend the remainder of the year commenting on God’s preparation for the entrance of His Chosen One into the world. However, as we end the week, we will close with our first mention of the Messiah’s rejection by those He came to redeem in fulfillment of Genesis 3:15.

NAU Isaiah 49:7 Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and its Holy One, To the despised One, To the One abhorred by the nation, To the Servant of rulers, “Kings will see and arise, Princes will also bow down, Because of the LORD who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel who has chosen You.”

NIV Isaiah 49:7 This is what the LORD says– the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel– to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: “Kings will see you and rise up, princes will see and bow down, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

KJV Isaiah 49:7 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee. {whom man…: or, that is despised in soul}

There is both despair and hope in this verse. The first part of the verse describes despair, that the Messiah will be despised and rejected by the nation He is coming to redeem. However, the second part of the verse offers hope because the rejection, although for a time, will be reversed. Messiah will go from despised Redeemer to exalted Redeemer and accepted not only by the nation rejecting Him but by all the nations of the world.

Next week we will take a look at Messiah through the eyes of Isaiah 52 and 53.

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