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I hope we are reading from the same page when we are talking about Hebrew Scriptures i.e. the Old Testament. The Hebrew Scriptures do not include what we call the New Testament as they do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah. Once we have cleared this then we have a vast number of scriptures to that effect and we do not have enough room to give them all here. I shall however put in place principles that anyone can use to understand the OT scriptures as they relate to the birth, life, death and resurrection of the Messiah. Firstly the OT is about a loving God doing everything He could to save Mankind. Right from the garden of Eden God promises a "Seed" that is going to destroy sin to finality Gen 3. After that there are numerous stories about how God actually saves Mankind from sin. Of particular importance is the Lamb that is killed by God so that Adam and Eve can be clothed, that Lamb was Jesus Christ including all the lambs that were sacrificed until Christ died on the cross. The lamb without blemish that was killed by the Hebrews the night before their deliverance from Egypt represented the Messiah, whose blood was then smeared on the three door posts to signify the cross made the matter even more vivid in their minds. Moses lifted up the bronze serpent in the wilderness also as a dramatization of the death of the Messiah on the cross. Hebrews 4:2... for this same Gospel that is being preached to us today is the same Gospel that was preached to them in the wilderness, but they did not have faith in it hence they perished. Once we understand the fact that the gospel preached on our pulpits today is nothing new anything different from what was preached since Adam and Eve the whole issue becomes very clear. God did not put in place a different standard or method of salvation to the ancients or the Hebrews. It is all the same. The Messiah who came and was born just as the bible prophets had said He would (Micah 5:2), came to save them just like us. Ps 22:1 makes it clear that the Messiah would suffer. There is only one way to enter heaven through Jesus Christ. It required the Hebrews to have faith in something they were being told will happen just like it does with us today, we are required to have faith in something that took place before we were born. Imagine Adam after God had breathed the breath of life into him, and he is now trying to figure out creation. He had to take God at His word that He was the creator of all the things that were under his dominion. In other words he had to have faith in God. Lastly the Hebrew scriptures contained a vast number of scriptures about the cruel treatment and death of the Messiah. Ps 23:1 and Dan 9:24-26. I would like to leave you with a thought: Even if the New Testament had never been written, the Gospel would still be the same. Our understanding of salvation through the grace of God would still be as solid as it is today! Both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures talk about the same thing. The Messiah (Jesus's) substitutionary death for us. Salvation is given free to us, Hallelujah!
The entire Bible speaks of Jesus and his sacrifice. Jesus IS The Word. He IS the Beginning and the End. And His life, death, and resurrection is also directly in the middle of the entire Word of God. Psalm 118: “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let Israel now say, “His mercy endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron now say, “His mercy endures forever.” Let those who fear the LORD now say, “His mercy endures forever.” I called on the LORD in distress; The LORD answered me and set me in a broad place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The LORD is for me among those who help me; Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in princes. All nations surrounded me, But in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. They surrounded me, Yes, they surrounded me; But in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. They surrounded me like bees; They were quenched like a fire of thorns; For in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. You pushed me violently, that I might fall, But the LORD helped me. The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation Is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly. The right hand of the LORD is exalted; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly. I shall not die, but live, And declare the works of the LORD. The LORD has chastened me severely, But He has not given me over to death. Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them, And I will praise the LORD. This is the gate of the LORD, Through which the righteous shall enter. I will praise You, For You have answered me, And have become my salvation. The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I pray, O LORD; O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We have blessed you from the house of the LORD. God is the LORD, And He has given us light; Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, I will exalt You. Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”
This passage from Daniel identifies the time of the Messiah’s appearance, death and resurrection: Daniel 9:24: Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Daniel 9:25: Know 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. Daniel 9:26: And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
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