Messianic Exposition

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Messianic Exposition

This video by Steven Ben Nun a Jewish-Christian who appeals to fellow Jews to see Jesus as the Messiah is refreshing as is his  criticism and reprimand of Christian pastors who are in it for the money. His reference to Malachi and John the Baptist is interesting because as noted in my commentary on the Apocalypse Herod was an adulterer and he murdered John the Baptist. Moreover, Herod married into the Hasmonean priestly family. See my comparison here:

See also my digression (below) and the chapter on Herod in my commentary PRITA.

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Steven also refers to the fact that Jesus cited  Isaiah in his response to John’s disciples.

Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,  And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?  Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:  The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.  And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.(Matthew 11:2-6)

John had already pointed out Jesus as the Lamb of God so why would he ask this question?  I believe that this was more for the benefit of John’s own disciples….getting them ready to follow Jesus, rather than because John himself doubted.  But one thing John wanted to know is whether his mission was completed. Now John was very familiar with the writings of Isaiah and would have immediately picked up that Jesus omitted part of the citation..

John was the “voice of him that crieth in the wildernes” (Isa 40:3;Lk 3:4) “that bringest good tidings”(Isaiah 40:9 ) the good news or gospel in Isaiah’s time was that the Assyrian enemy had been slaughtered by God overnight and the captives who were ready for deportation had been released.Moreover their king Hezekiah (the suffering servant of Isaiah 53) had been raised from his death bed on the third day. The “good tidings” brought by John was the immanence of the messianic age and the necessity for repentance (Luke 3:8). Note that Jesus combines Isaiah 42:7 and Isaiah 61:1 but deliberately omits the release of captives. Remember that John was in prison. This message would have been understood by John and by John’s disciples. John was therefore not going to be released.. in fact, Jesus remarked that they did whatever they wanted to John (Matt 17:12). The point was that they had rejected the Messenger of the Covenant (John) who came in the spirit and power of Elijah therefore Jesus knew that they would also reject him.

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