"I made myself available to those who did not ask for me; I appeared to those who did not look for me. I said, 'Here I am! Here I am!' to a nation that did not invoke my name.
And Isaiah is even bold enough to say, "I was found by those who did not seek me; I became well known to those who did not ask for me."
However, in the future the number of the people of Israel will be like the sand of the sea which can be neither measured nor numbered. Although it was said to them, "You are not my people," it will be said to them, "You are children of the living God!"
even us, whom he has called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?
In the future the mountain of the Lord's temple will endure as the most important of mountains, and will be the most prominent of hills. All the nations will stream to it,
We existed from ancient times, but you did not rule over them, they were not your subjects.
that you were at that time without the Messiah, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Let all the people of the earth acknowledge the Lord and turn to him! Let all the nations worship you!
At that time a root from Jesse will stand like a signal flag for the nations. Nations will look to him for guidance, and his residence will be majestic.
Go up on a high mountain, O herald Zion! Shout out loudly, O herald Jerusalem! Shout, don't be afraid! Say to the towns of Judah, "Here is your God!"
I first decreed to Zion, 'Look, here's what will happen!' I sent a herald to Jerusalem.
Now, this is what the Lord says, the one who created you, O Jacob, and formed you, O Israel: "Don't be afraid, for I will protect you. I call you by name, you are mine.
Turn to me so you can be delivered, all you who live in the earth's remote regions! For I am God, and I have no peer.
Look, you will summon nations you did not previously know; nations that did not previously know you will run to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he bestows honor on you.
"Many nations will join themselves to the Lord on the day of salvation, and they will also be my people. Indeed, I will settle in the midst of you all." Then you will know that the Lord who rules over all has sent me to you.
Many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the Lord who rules over all and to ask his favor.
On the next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
What shall we say then? -- that the Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness obtained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith,