Israel did not Believe in the Messiah
Prophecy: Israel did not Believe in the Messiah
As it was written in the Tanakh (NIV & TLV),
Israel and the Suffering Servant
- עבד (eved) in Hebrew is translated as a slave or servant. It was used in 762 verses in the Tanakh. When the title “suffering servant” is used, all of them are pointing to a person not a nation.
- The servant is described as being totally righteous (Isaiah 53:11). But this is not the picture Scripture gives us of the nation of Israel in the Tanakh.
- The Torah promises that if Israel, as a nation, lives righteously before God, then they will be blessed and not cursed (Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28). But in the history of the nation in the Tanakh, Israel was rebellious and worshipped idols and, therefore, was cursed.
- The suffering servant’s suffering and death are said to bring mankind deliverance and redemption. But this can hardly be applied to the sufferings of Israel.
How did Messiah Jesus Fulfill this Prophecy?
Not All the Israelites Accepted Jesus
Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection are said to bring mankind the ultimate deliverance and redemption. However, not all the Israelites accepted Him.
God Himself lived with us as a servant and paid the price of the atonement for our sins with His own blood. We tend to look up to prestigious and respected people, and many chose to believe that the Messiah would come like a noble king to conquer and reign in a physical kingdom on earth. On the contrary, Jesus came humbly, without vanity and honor. We despised Him when He passed by us. This is how our prophet Isaiah (see above) foretold the reaction of the people towards Jesus.
As it was written in the New Covenant (NIV & TLV),