Jesus and the Gentiles


In Isaiah 42:1–6, there is a prophecy about Jesus. It is known to be a prophecy of Jesus because Matthew, in his Gospel, quotes it, “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,” … (Matthew 12:17).

There are plenty of prophecies in the Old Testament which were pointing to Christ’s first coming. “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.” (Luke 24:44). And, “Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures” (verse 45).

But the writings in the Old Testament, including prophecies, were not just about Jesus’ first coming. This is indicated in Romans 15:4, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Many other verses likewise agree, that the Scripture is for us, and relates to things regarding us.

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