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Tuesday: Two Views of the Messiah — 9 Comments

  1. We are fortunate to be living in the time when Jesus will be coming back, not as a suffering servant, but as King of kings and Lord of lords, and thus fulfill all the prophecies.

  2. Jews were having 'torah', but why did they not understand the plan of salvation as Messiah was surposed to die and then come as a king?

  3. It is natural for us to believe those things that suit us and reject those that do not. The Jews wanted a Messiah who would set up an earthly kingdom and give them status not a Messiah who would be ridiculed, scorned, mocked, beaten and killed in the most inhumane manner.

    • There is no comparison.

      The pastor is supposed to be a follower of Jesus, just like you and I. He just functions in a different role in the church. To him has been given the role of the oversight of the local flock of Christ.

  4. One wonders since the Jews easily got it wrong regarding the suffering aspects of the Messianic prophecies although most of them were very versed in the scriptures at the time, could it be that we may also be wrong somewhere in some of the prophecies concerning signs of the coming of the Messiah? If this could be a possibility then which one could we be wrong in? Is it about the mark of the beast? Is it in our concept of the law vs Grace? May the Holy Spirit assist us in our study of the Scriptures not to fall into the same dilemma of the Jews.

  5. Can we make similar mistakes today?

    How about expecting God to bless us for obedience and then being disappointed when the expected blessings don't come?

    After all, the Bible promises blessings. Yet it also tells us that the righteous will suffer persecution, and in the very call to follow Him Jesus talks about cross-bearing -- which doesn't sound much like the kind of blessing we're looking for. A cross is an instrument of death. (See Luke 9:23 "Then He said to them all, 'If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.'")

    The Kingdom of God has very different values than the values of the world, and it seems to me that we are just as likely to misunderstand the Kingdom of Heaven as the Jews of Christ's time were.

    What do you think?

  6. There is a scripture that I believe we should be very mindful of.

    Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. (1 Cor 10:11-12 NKJV)

    Yes, I believe that we may very well be misinterpreting some prophesies and might even misunderstand some aspects of the character of God. It has happened all through history. Why should we feel as though we are the exception to the rule? Perhaps we need some humility when it comes to things like this. Maybe what Job said to his friends in a rather sarcastic way could well apply to us, "No doubt you are the people, And wisdom will die with you!" (Job 12:2 NKJV).


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