Messianic Prophecies In The Tanakh

This week Rabbi Glenn discussed Messianic prophecies in the Tanakh.  Below are some notes from this week’s study.

Seeing Signs of Messiah Everywhere in Scripture

How it DIDN’T go down between Herod and the Jewish scribes:

Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he (Herod)  inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him, “You’ve got to be kidding! What an obscure question! How should we know?”

How it really went down:

They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet…”

From this exchange we can infer that, by the First Century, the Jewish people really believed in the coming of the Messiah and were familiar enough with the Scriptures to know what to look for.

A reminder of Yeshua’s claim to be the Messiah:

Now He (Jesus) said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures… (Luke 24:44-45)

In the more obvious places

The Law of Moses (Torah)

Genesis 3:15 – Messiah the “seed of the woman” (See also 12:1-3 and 49:8-11.)

Exodus 3:14 (cf. John 8:58) – God describes Himself as “I AM”

Levitcus 17:11 (cf. Heb. 9:22) – Blood sacrifice as the basis of atonement

Numbers 24:17 – A “Star” will arise from Israel who will have dominion

Deuteronomy 18:15-19 – A singular, authoritative prophet like Moses

The Prophets (N’viim)

Isaiah 2:1-4, 7:14, 9:6-7, 11:1-10, 42:1-6, 49:5-7, and 52:13-53:12

Jeremiah 23:5-6 and 31:31-34

Daniel 7:13-14 and 9:24-27

Micah 5:2

Zechariah 9:9, 12:1-10, and 14:1-9

The Psalms (K’tuvim [T’hillim])

Psalm 2 – The King over Zion of God’s choosing

Psalm 16:10 – Messiah would rise from the dead

Psalm 22:6-18 – Messiah would be brutally treated, mocked, and pierced

Psalm 110 – Messiah is Lord over King David