Apr 01, 2020


How the Tanach convinced a Jew that Yeshua is the Messiah

Argument Reference Comment
Where would he be born? Micah 5:2 in Bethlehem Ephrata as an 'Eternal Being'
When would he come? Genesis 49:10 in AD 70 the temple records were destroyed. It had to be before that event as Judah was scattered afterwards.
How would we know? Isaiah 7:14 (cf Genesis 24:43 Hebr. almah young woman or virgin )
Born of a virgin Isaiah 7:13-15 Hebr. 'almah' virgin (LXX 'parthenos') other Hebrew terms exist. This may be the most disputed term in the Tanach but no case can be built on it. It is equally used for Rebekah who was also a virgin.
Jews assumed that he would not be God: Isa 9:6 his loaded title reveals his divinity
What would he do in his life? Isa 35:5-6 he was in fact a miracle worker and not only a peace maker
Some Rabbis believed he would be a miracle worker. Isa 35
Yet was far more than a miracle worker: Isa 61:1-2 a Comforter and a Redeemer, a Bearer of Good News
How would one recognize him if he had come? Genesis 49:10 Hebr 'shilo' points to a Ruler, a King who had to come before AD 70 when the Temple was destroyed. Compare Gal 4:4
He had come to suffer: Daniel 9:26 He was to be King but had to suffer
His suffering was not for him but for others: Isa 53:5-6,8 he did not have to suffer for his own sins but for the transgressions of his people, as a substitute for their sins
For what reason was his death necessary? Lev 17:11 without the shedding of blood there could be no forgiveness of sin - confirmed in Hebr 9:22
His crucifixion was predicted: Psa 22:16 (NB: LXX confirms the reading 'pierced') The Dead Sea Scrolls also confirm this reading.
He would not only die but would rise to life again: Isa 53:10,11 The Qumran text says 'he will see the light and be glad.'
His resurrection was predicted: Psalm 16:10 King David's hope for the resurrection. David spoke of the Messiah who would be raised from the dead.
Why then did the Rabbis reject him? Isa 53:3 they despised him and misinterpreted his suffering
He will return and enter the city for which he wept: Matt 23:37-39 Jesus wept because he knew his people would despise and reject him and would therefore suffer terrible consequences
His people will recognize him as a result of intense suffering: Jer 30:7 The "time of Jacob's trouble" would bring his people to the point of recognizing his Messiahship
His people will be disciplined by the nations: Eze 20:35, 37, 38 The rod of discipline in the wilderness of the nations will bring his people back
When there is no hope left but to turn to Him: Zech 12:10 when the nations will march on Jerusalem his people will recognize him
What will the Jewish nation say when the suffering will reach its climax? Isaiah 53:1-2 then they will realize that his suffering was not for himself but for the sins of his own people
He did not suffer for his own sins: Isa 53:4, 5-6 his was a substitutionary suffering
We thought that his silence at the crucifixion was an admission of sin: Isa 53:7 his silence was not an admission of his guilt but an expression of his role of the sacrificial lamb
How will Yeshua respond after having been rejected so long? Zech 13:1 He will test them as silver and gold and open a fountain of cleansing from sin
He will be faithful to His promises: Zech 14:3-4 He will set his feet on the Mt of Olives and deliver his people from all their enemies
God will deliver the Jewish nation and the resurrection will follow: Daniel 12:2 the resurrection will mean everlasting life for those who believed in him; it will mean everlasting disgrace for those who don't
He will establish his throne and restore the Davidic Kingdom: Amos 9 the restoration of the house of David will be a Kingdom for Jews and Gentiles
Isaiah sees Him sitting on the throne: Isa 9:7 Isaiah speaks of the messianic Davidic King who will be God himself
The remnant of his people will return a second time: Isa 11:11 the nations will help his people to return to Israel and it will be his people's second return
Even Egypt will come and worship in Jerusalem: Zech 14 the remnant of the nations will come to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Sukkoth in Jerusalem
The proof that he was whom he claimed to be: Isa 53:5-6 Yeshua the Messiah died for my sins. His resurrection is proof for his claim that he is indeed the Messiah.
Here is what Dr. Michael Ridelnik has written about Isaiah 53.

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