“Despite Rejection, God’s Chosen One Will Ultimately Receive Adoration儘管遭受拒絶，神所揀選的人必至終得到崇拜敬仰“（Isaiah 以賽亞書49:5-7）
And now the Lord says – he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honoured in the eyes of the Lord and my God has been my strength – he says: ‘It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.’ … to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers …
現在，耶和華說：（他自我還在母胎的時候，就造了我作他的僕人，好使雅各迴轉歸向他，使以色列可以聚集到他那裡；我在耶和華眼中被看為尊貴，我的神是我的力量。）“你作我的僕人，使雅各眾支派復興，使以色列中得保全的歸回，只是小事，我還要使你作列國的光，使我的救恩傳到地極。”… 對那被人藐視的、被本國憎惡的、被統治者奴役的，這樣說 …
An important aspect of the Messiah’s mission was to bring Israel (who has an enduring place in God’s plan) back to God. That plan will be fulfilled when all Israel will be saved. Though part of the Messiah’s mission is directed to Israel, He also has a mission to the Gentiles. The Messiah would not simply bring salvation; He would bring salvation to the ends of the earth. Israel has light but needs restoration whereas the Gentiles need both light and salvation. However, the Messiah will be despised or abhorred by mankind in general and by Israel specifically but in the end will receive the worship and honour He deserves because He is God’s Chosen One.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, very often we lightly note this important prophecy of you that we might have looked lightly/neglected/ignored the fact that being chosen and commissioned by you as Father God had chosen and sent you, we have shared your mission in bringing your gospel of salvation to the ends of the earth. Despite rejection, may your love and the Holy Spirit empower us to persevere to the end enabling us to share the honour and glory you deserve. Amen.