Posts Tagged "Israel"

Monday Morning Prophecy #40 – The Messiah Would Bring Israel back to God

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Introduction

The Old Testament is clear that the coming Messiah would fill a number of roles. One of those roles was that the Messiah would bring Israel back to God.

Old Testament Prophecy

And now the LORD says-
he who formed me in the womb to be his servant
to bring Jacob back to him
and gather Israel to himself,
for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD
and my God has been my strength- [Isaiah 49:5 NIV]

he says:
“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
to restore the tribes of Jacob
and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.” [Isaiah 49:6 NIV]

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Why I Believe the Bible #07 (Reliability of Transmission of Old Testament)

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Many people who try to discredit the reliability of the Bible like to throw out the argument that goes something like this:

“The Bible we have today isn’t even close to the original version!  How can you rely on it?”

The fact of the matter is, there is plenty of evidence to indicate that the Old Testament and New Testament that we have today does not differ significantly from the original manuscripts.  This week we will look at the reliability of the transmission of the Old Testament which provides evidence that the version we read today is not significantly different than the original.  Next week we will look at the bibliographic evidence for the reliability of the New Testament.

The Problem

As we discussed in the last entry in this series on the supernatural survival of the text, the Bible was recorded on a number of materials which do not have a long life span.  Those included:

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Monday Morning Prophecy #20 – The Messiah Would Come From the Lineage of Judah

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In the last three weeks, we have looked at Old Testament prophecies that the Messiah would come from the line of Abraham through Isaac through Jacob.  Unlike his father Isaac and grandfather Abraham, Jacob had many more sons – 12 to be exact.  You might know them as the twelve tribes of Israel (Jacob was renamed Israel by God).  They were (in order of birth):

  1. Reuben
  2. Simeon
  3. Levi
  4. Judah
  5. Dan
  6. Naphtali
  7. Gad
  8. Asher
  9. Issachar
  10. Zebulun
  11. Joseph
  12. Benjamin

Indeed, roughly the last half of the book of Genesis deals primarily with the story of Joseph (think coat of many colors!).  However, the Old Testament is clear that the promises of a blessing to the world and a coming Messiah would be fulfilled through the line of Judah.  In blessing his sons at the end of his life, Israel offers the following blessing to Judah:

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Monday Morning Prophecy #19 – The Messiah Would Come From the Lineage of Jacob

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Thus far, we have looked at the Old Testament prophecies detailing that the Messiah would come from the lineage of Abraham, and more specifically through his son Isaac.  Like Abraham, Isaac had two sons, and the Bible does not leave us guessing which son would be the ancestor of the Messiah.

Rebekah bore twins to Isaac – Esau (the older twin) and Jacob (the younger twin).  After Jacob conspired with his mother to trick Isaac into giving him the blessing meant for Esau, Jacob fled from his home and the anger of his brother.  On his way, he had a dream which is recounted for us in Genesis 28:

Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! And behold, the LORD stood above it and said, “I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.  [Genesis 28:10-14]

Like he had for Jacob’s grandfather Abraham and his father Isaac, God appeared to Jacob to make it clear that it was through him that his promises to Abraham and Isaac to bless the world through their offspring would be fulfilled.

In the book of Numbers, another prophecy makes it clear that the Messiah would come from the line of Jacob:

I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near: a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the forehead of Moab and break down all the sons of Sheth. [Numbers 24:17]

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Esther and Freddie Mercury (aka Purim Will Rock You!)

A couple of months ago an old friend who now lives in Israel announced that she needed to adapt the story of Esther to the queen tune “We Will Rock You.” The following popped into my head and I sent it to her, but I thought I would share it here as well:

Haman you’re a sham.  You’re a bad bad man.
Build a stockade gonna try to hang Mordecai some day
You’ve got no sign of grace
You’re a big disgrace
Tryin’ to wipe the Jews all out this place.

God will. God will smite you!
God will. God will smite you!

Now, Esther is a Jew and gonna get you.
Gonna’ tell the king everything that you’re plannin’ to do.
They are chosen race
You’re a big disgrace
Tryin’ to wipe the Jews all out this place.

God will. God will smite you!
God will. God will smite you!

Hamman you’re a bad man doomed man
Gonna’ lead Mordecai through this town all day
Then you’ll make your case
Gonna fall on your face
They’re gonna wipe your memory all out this place.

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