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The Expected One of the Prophets

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel ~which means, ‘God walks among us’.

written by Prophet Isaiah ~740years Before Jesus Christ was born.

 


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~speaking notes~
download the pdf: Who Is Jesus Sessions #8

 

Luke 7:11-19, “Are you the Expected One?
-Almost no New Testament (Ingil) in this session
-This Session will be taught almost exclusively by the writings of the Prophets

 

What is a prophecy?
Prophet Isaiah 48:3-5 [3] I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass. [4] For I knew how stubborn you were; the sinews of your neck were iron, your forehead was bronze. [5] Therefore I told you these things long ago; before they happened I announced them to you so that you could not say, `My idols did them; my wooden image and metal god ordained them.’

 

Isaiah lived in 740B.C., seven hundred years before Jesus Christ. He was a prophet in the nation of Judah and specifically the great city of Jerusalem. Judah was a nation established roughly 200 years earlier after King David’s Israel was split into a Northern Kingdom (Israel) and Southern Kingdom (Judah). Isaiah was a prophet through the reigns of four kings of Judah – King Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah.

 

See what Isaiah wrote:
Prophet Isaiah 9:6-7 [6] For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. [7] Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. …

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Isaiah 11:1-5 [1] A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. [2] The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him– the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD– [3] and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; [4] but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. [5] Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

 

From Isaiah we learn that a child is coming, a son, born of a virgin. He will be a king in the line of Jesse – the father of King David – and that his kingdom will bring peace and there will be no end. We also learn that this One to come will be called Immanuel which means ‘God is among us.’

 

Where will the child be born? Prophet Micah, who lived at the same time as Isaiah writes: But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. Micah 5:2

 

Where will the boy grow up?
Isaiah 9:1-2 [1] Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honour Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan — [2] The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.

 

Are there any other places the boy will be raised? Hosea ~750 B.C.
Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.

 

Why would his parents spend a brief time living in Egypt? Prophet Jeremiah 31:15, written ~625 B.C. This is what the LORD says: “A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more.” Because there will be a massacre of children (King Herod)

 

Isaiah 49:6 he [the Lord] says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”

This One to come – the prophets say – will be a light for all the peoples of every nationality, language

 

Isaiah 29:18 In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.

Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

 

Even King David writing 1000 years before Christ prophesied how even the brothers of this ‘expected one’ would disown him in the Zabur (Psalms) given to Daud (David), Psalms 69:8 I am a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my own mother’s sons

 

What about events surrounding Jesus’ death, is there anything about that from the Prophets?

Prophet Zechariah 11:12, 13 I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver. [13] And the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter”–the handsome price at which they priced me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD to the potter. ~500 B.C. Zechariah 13:7 “Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me!” declares the LORD Almighty. “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones.”

 

Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, of which was used to buy the Potter’s field, and the rest of the disciples were scattered when Jesus was arrested.

 

  • Micah 5:1 (Old Testament) Marshal your troops, O city of troops, for a siege is laid against us. They will strike Israel’s ruler on the cheek with a rod. 700 B.C.
  • Mark 15:19 (New Testament) Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him.

 

  • Psalm 69:21 (OT prophesy) They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst. 1000 B.C.
  • Matthew 27:34 (NT fulfillment) There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it.

 

Psalm (Zabur) 22:16 Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.
Isaiah 53:5-6 [5] But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. [6] We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

The One the Prophets write of will have his hands and feet pierced.. he will be punished for the sins of the world

 

Psalm (Zabur) 22:18 They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.

Isaiah 53:8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken.

His clothes will be divided as spoils and he will be killed.

 

Isaiah 53:9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death

He will die with criminals but be buried in a rich man’s tomb

 

Isaiah 53:11 After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.

 

The grave will not be able to hold this man.

 

Isaiah 61:1-2Jesus fulfills the expectations of the Prophets
Luke 4:16-21 [16] He (Jesus) went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. [17] The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: [18] “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, [19] to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” [20] Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, [21] and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

 

Could this all be a cleaver rouse?

 

• A baby can’t control where he is born (Bethlehem),
• or the circumstances surrounding his birth (virgin birth, child massacre),
• or where his family moves (Egypt, Nazareth)
• or of whom he will be descended from (King David)

• A man can’t decide who will betray him (Judas)
• or for how much (exactly 30 pieces of silver),
• or how he will die when it’s at the hands of another (hands pierced),
• and how his body will be treated after death (rich man’s tomb)

• NO MAN can raise men back from the dead,
• and no man can himself come back from the dead!!

 

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

 

BIG FIVE QUESTION #2 – if God is good, why is there Evil/Suffering?

 

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
God meant to demonstrate His love by sending his Son Jesus into the world

 

How would his love be demonstrated?
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
..by giving Jesus over to death for us – a sacrificial lamb –

 

Death and Suffering existed in God’s plan of salvation
Jesus earthly mission was not an afterthought, and evil was not a mistake that God had to fix

 

Jesus was God’s love plan before the beginning of time.. before Adam & Eve ever walked the earth or turned from God.. and Jesus’ suffering brought about our salvation as a demonstration of God’s love to His Creation.. a demonstration of love to all beings to ever be Created: those on earth, below the earth, and in the Heavens

 

Why? for His Glory,
God directed the Prophets to write to this end, and that’s the truth

 

Next Session…
Jesus: the Death & Resurrection (Easter)

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