February 28

Deuteronomy 17-20, Psalm 59

There are many prophecies in the Old Testament which had to be fulfilled with Jesus’ first coming or the prophecy would be false.  In Deuteronomy 18:20-22, we read, “But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other god’s, that prophet shall die.  And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the Lord has spoken?’-when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.”  God through Moses states that a prophet must be 100% accurate (not 99.9%).  If he is not then he is either killed (if he is still alive), or if not alive he is to be disregarded or nullified. 

The Jewish people in the Talmud did not know how to combine the Messianic prophecies concerning the suffering servant Messiah (Jesus’ first coming), whom they called Messiah ben Joseph, and the kingly, conquering Messiah( Jesus’ second coming), whom they called Messiah ben David.  But make no mistake they did consider the suffering servant Messianic (though almost 1000 years later, mostly by a famous Jewish commentator named Rabbi Rashi, they began to alter the interpretation of these prophecies).  So let’s look at some of the prophets who they would now have to disregard.

Daniel: In Daniel 9:24-27, the timing of Jesus’ first coming was predicted to the day of the Palm Sunday entrance.  In the 12th century A.D., Rabbi Moses Ben Maimon (Maimonides), greatly respected Jewish philosopher said: “Daniel has elucidated to us the knowledge of the end times.  However, since they are secret, the wise (rabbis) have barred the calculation of the days of the Messiah’s coming so that the untutored populace will not be led astray when they see that the End Times have already come but there is no sign of the Messiah”.  They chose to keep the Jewish people in the dark.

Jacob: Genesis 49:10, The Messiah had to come before the nation of Judah lost the right to exercise capital punishment, this occurred under Roman rule between 6-12, A.D.  According to the historian Josephus, this verse caused the Jewish rabbis to run through the streets in anguish in the year AD 12. Because they realized that the time of fulfilling of this prophesy had come and gone and they thought that their Messiah had not come.  They didn’t recognize Jesus (then, well before Jesus’ public ministry).

Isaiah: Isaiah 52:13-53:12.  The Talmud referred to this strong presentation of the Suffering Servant as the Messiah

David: Psalm 22 which identified the Messiah as the Suffering Servant, and even described His death by crucifixion over 800 years before the Romans began using it widely as a form of capital punishment.  Many other Psalms stated that the Messiah would be a direct descendant of David (this would be impossible for any future Messiah since all of the genealogies were destroyed when the Temple was destroyed in 70 AD).  We have the genealogy of Jesus well marked out in Matthew and Luke.

Haggai: 2:6-9
Micah: 5:2
Zechariah: 12:10-12
Jeremiah: 23:5-6

The list goes on and on.  But by using the instructions by God through Moses, you can see by the above list that most of the Old Testament would have to be disregarded by the Jewish people, if indeed these prophecies had not come true. But we know that they have all been fulfilled in Jesus.  This should give us all tremendous confidence that God’s Word is indeed God’s Word.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

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