Why the Jews Reject Jesus as Their Messiah

Daniel 9:25

25Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

   In Daniel 9:25, the prophet tells us that the Messiah would come before the destruction of Herod’s temple. That happened in 70AD, almost 2000 years ago! So why do they reject Jesus? Let’s look first at a story that occurs in Genesis. Jacob was told that his sons would become the 12 tribes of Israel. The 12 sons had another brother named Joseph, whom they all came to hate. They rejected and despised him:

Genesis 37:23

23And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;

   We then see that they sold Joseph to the Egyptians to rid themselves of him. Joseph became a big leader in Egypt, as you can read in Genesis 42, and actually ends up saving the lives of his brothers. Many have been left wondering why God allowed this to happen, and there have been many feel good explanations…the simple fact is, that this is the story of rejection and salvation that Christ would fulfill later. It shows how Israel as a nation, would reject their own Messiah, then the benefit of Messiah would be given to the Gentiles (as Joseph did much for Egypt), and finally, in the end, Jesus will save the nation. The prophet Zechariah nails this on the head…..

Zechariah 12:10

10And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

   God is speaking in this chapter. We see two very amazing things here. First, we see that Israel is finally going to realize they were wrong and be quite sad, and mourn after their Messiah. But what is huge here, is the proof that Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is divine, and God in the flesh. Notice the words “and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced”. Remember, this is YHWH, the One True God speaking. He plainly says it was Him who they pierced. It is not figurative, nor any hidden meaning, because that would cause confusion, and God is not the author of confusion. God plainly tells us that Jesus Christ, the Messiah, would truly be He himself, in the flesh. Now, if you are having trouble understanding how God could be Jesus in the flesh, I would direct you to my articles on Explaining the Trinity parts 1 & 2 on my web page.

   Let’s look at some more scripture, still from the Jewish scriptures that Jews still use today, yet don’t understand.

Isaiah 7:4

14Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

   Immanuel means “God with us”. It did not mean, “God to send a helper” or “God to have someone stand in for Him”, it plainly means, God (YHWH) would be with us.

Isaiah 8:14

14And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

   Here we see the prophet plainly showing us again, that even though the prophecies showed the Messiah coming almost 2000 years ago, as pointed out in the first verse we looked at, the Jews would stumble over this and reject Him, being blinded to the truth God revealed in Scripture.

Isiaiah 9:6

6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

   Here, God’s prophet shows the deity of the Messiah. He will be called “mighty God”, and “everlasting Father”. I really don’t think this needs a lot of explanation. God would never have his prophets talk of anyone else being God, nor give them such a name as “Everlasting Father”, if it were not actually He Himself, YHWH.

Isaiah 28:16

16Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

   This directly ties back into the earlier prophecy by Isaiah we looked at in 8:14, about the rock/stone.

Psalm 118:20-22

20This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.

21I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.

22The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.

    Wow, it comes full circle in this Psalm. That stone the Jews rejected, the one prophesied the stumble over, is the gate through which they must enter righteousness. Their salvation. Yes, even David saw it as revealed in this Psalm. Jesus even re-iterated this in John 14:6 when He said He was the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He also said in John 10:9 that He was the door, the gate that David speaks of above. The stone that the Jews rejected.

Zechariah 9:9

9Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

   The prophet here, spoke of a prophecy that was also one in which Jesus had fulfilled as Jesus rode into Jerusalem.

Zechariah 13:7

7Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.

   We saw this prophecy fulfilled as well, when the Jews rejected the Messiah. Just as Daniel said at the verse we spoke of earlier in 9:25 and even looking into verse 26, the Messiah would come, be rejected, and Israel would become desolate. As said before, that happened in 70AD, and the Jews were then scattered across the Earth, until Israel was formed as a nation again in 1948 which fulfilled Ezekiel’s “valley of dry bones” prophecy.

Isaiah 52:14-15

14As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

15So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

   Here the prophet describes what happened to Jesus, the Messiah. He goes on further to show how salvation would then be available to the entire world. The suffering servant, Jesus Christ, would die and be resurrected so that salvation would be available to all. This is why the Jews rejected the Messiah! It was God’s plan that the whole world would be saved. Salvation is available to all, and that message was able to go to the ends of the Earth, yet, the Jews, even though it is recorded in their scriptures, would stumble on these prophecies, and mourn when they realized what they had done.

   There are MANY more prophecies Jesus fulfilled, I just chose to use these, but will address them at a later time.

 

In His Grace,

       Mike Harris Jr.

 

 

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