(Quotes from the Jewish Bible, English translation, http://www.chabad.org)
• Why have the Jews endured so much persecution over the centuries?
– Because they rejected the Lord.
• When the messiah comes, and it is not Jesus, what theological question will Christians have at that moment? What will be the tremendous theological problem they will be confronted with when the messiah comes and it is not Jesus and the Jews were right all along? What will be their very serious problem?
– If the Jews were right all along about the messiah, and the one thing they did not blow it on, was Jesus, then now we are returning to our original problem. Why then has G-d persecuted them so much? For 2000 years we always thought that the reason why G-d has persecuted the Jewish people consistently was because of their own iniquity, the deicide of rejecting the Lord.
(Deicide, from medieval Latin “deicidium,” from “deus”= god, and “-cidium”= cutting/killing, that will say “killing of G-d.”)
The mashiach comes and his name is not Jesus! We have a big problem! Then why have the Jews endorsed the persecution? When Christians persecuted Jews in the name of Jesus, were they sinning? Yes, according to righteous Christians, they have. Some Christians confess that this is the fact. What will they say in the end of days, when they realise that the reason why Jews have endured the suffering and persecution, pain and unwanted death, NOT because of their iniquity of rejecting Jesus and killing G-d, but because as a result of the sins of the nations of the world?
When the gentiles sinned, they persecuted the Jews, that was the reason. Who suffered as a result of that sin?
– The Jewish people! And that will be their recognition at the end of days. The Christians will realise that the Jews have suffered as a result of the sins of the Christians. Not the sin of killing Jesus, not their sin of rejecting the son of G-g. It is obvious that the Jews have suffered as a result for the iniquities of the world. Who suffered for that persecution? The Jewish people.
Isaiah 53. We know who is speaking here, but who is it speaking about? It does not say! Not directly but we get some clues if we read the chapters before and after chapter 53.
“Behold My servant shall prosper; he shall be exalted and lifted up, and he shall be very high.” (Isaiah 52:13)
“From the toil of his soul he would see, he would be satisfied; with his knowledge My servant would vindicate the just for many, and their iniquities he would bear.” (Isaiah 53:11)
Whoever it is, it is the servant of G-d. Now, look for the “servant” in the Scriptures. Identify the servant! We must continue to read the book of Isaiah because he will identify him.
The Christians have their opinion who it is, the Jews have their opinion, but what is G-d’s opinion?
1. And now, hearken, Jacob My servant, and Israel whom I have chosen.
2. So said the Lord your Maker, and He Who formed you from the womb shall aid you. Fear not, My servant Jacob, and Jeshurun whom I have chosen. (Isaiah 44:1-2)
“For the sake of My servant Jacob, and Israel My chosen one, and I called to you by your name; I surnamed you, yet you have not known Me.” (Isaiah 45:4)
“Leave Babylon, flee from the Chaldeans; with a voice of singing declare, tell this, publicize it to the end of the earth; say, “The Lord has redeemed His servant Jacob.” (Isaiah 48:20)
“And He said to me, “You are My servant, Israel, about whom I will boast.” (Isaiah 49:3)
© 2012 Jonathan Axelsson
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