The Jewish Messiah
… and Why Jesus Does Not Qualify.
Missionaries claim that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah. Why has Judaism said “NO” to this assertion for the past 2,000 years?
The Jewish concept of the Messiah has its foundation in our Bible, which teaches that following criteria must be fulfilled before any person can be acknowledged as Messiah:
● He must be Jewish – Deuteronomy 17:15
● A member of the tribe of Judah – Genesis 49:10
● A direct male descendant of King David and King Solomon, his son – 2 Samuel 7:12 – 13
● The Jewish people will be gathered from exile and they will return toIsrael–Isaiah 11:12
● The Temple inJerusalemwill be rebuilt – Ezekiel 37:26–27
● There will be worldwide peace, no more war – Micah 4:3
● He will rule at a time when all the Jewish people will observe G-d’s Commandments – Ezekiel 37:24
● He will rule at a time when all people will come to acknowledge and serve one G-d – Isaiah 66:23
All of these criteria for the Messiah are found in numerous places in our Bible. One good example is in the book of Ezekiel, Chapter 37, verses 24 – 28:
“And My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd, and they will walk in My ordinances, and keep My statutes, and observe them, and they shall live on the land that I gave to Jacob My servant, in which your fathers have lived; and they shall live there, they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever; and My servant David will be their prince for ever. Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant, which I will give them; and I will multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forever and My tabernacle shall be with them, and I will be their God and they will be My people. And the nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifiesIsrael, when My sanctuary is in their midst forever.”
Anyone can claim to be the Messiah or a group of people can claim that someone is the Messiah. However, if that person fails to fulfill even one of these conditions, he cannot be the Messiah. Although dozens have made the claim, none have fulfilled these conditions.
Missionaries will argue that Jesus will fulfill all the Biblical criteria when he comes the second time. But the Bible doesn’t have a Messianic “installment plan” where the Messiah comes once, fails in his mission, and then comes back 2,000 years later to try it all over again.
As Jews, we prefer to wait for the “real thing,” according to G-d’s promise and guidelines.
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