7. The L-RD'S Anointed
For I am the L-rd your G-d, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I have given Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba instead of you.
Truly, You are a G-d Who hides Yourself, O G-d of Israel, the Savior.
You shall suck the milk of the nations, and you shall suck the breast of kings; and you shall know that I, the L-rd am your Savior and the Mighty One of Jacob is your Redeemer.
O Hope of Israel, its Savior in time of trouble....
These verses state that although G-d employs emissaries to come to our physical and spiritual aid, He Himself is the Ultimate Savior and Redeemer of the Jewish people:
But Israel is saved by the L-rd with everlasting salvation; you shall not be ashamed or confounded for all eternity.
However, one should not confuse the following Hebrew terms:
Goel - - Redeemer
Mashia - - Savior
We are concerned only with the title "Messiah," which Jews and missionaries agree will be applied to the Promised One. In the Hebrew Bible, "mashiach" always means anointed.
He gives His king great salvation and shows mercy to His anointed, to David and to his seed forevermore.
Thus says the L-rd to His anointed, to Cyrus....
"Messiah" and "anointed" are synonymous because the Messiah will be an anointed king. In fact, in the Biblical era anointing was used to consecrate all sacred offices:
And the priest that is highest among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil is poured, and who has been consecrated to put on the garments....
I Kings 19:15-16
And the L-rd said to Elijah, "....Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah, you shall anoint as Prophet in your place."
II Kings 9:6
And the Prophet arose and went into the house; and he poured the oil on Jehu's head and said to him: "Thus says the L-rd, the G-d of Israel: I have anointed you king over the people of the L-rd, over Israel".
Missionaries use these verses under discussion to "prove" that the Messiah is G-d Himself in the person of Jesus. But he was never anointed, as he himself admitted:
You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.
Why are the nations in an uproar and the peoples muttering in vain? The kings of the earth have stood up and rulers have taken counsel together against the L-rd and against His anointed.
Acts 4:25-26 has this verse referring to Jesus. But King David, the writer of this Psalm is this anointed king:
I have found David, My servant; with My holy oil have I anointed him. So that My hand shall ever abide with him, My arm also shall strengthen him.
The Hebrew Bible records that kings and rulers constantly took counsel against King David:
II Samuel 5:17
When the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up in search of David; but David heard of it and went down to the stronghold.
II Samuel 8:3
David also defeated Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to restore his power at the river Euphrates.
This continuation of the Psalm under discussion further illustrates that David was speaking about himself:
I will tell of the decree of the L-rd; He said to me: "You are My son; today I have begotten you."
By changing "son" to "Son," the New Testament quotes this verse as if G-d was speaking to Jesus (Acts 13:33)! Yet David is the "son" here:
Psalms 89:20, 27-28
Then You spoke in a vision to Your pious ones.... David shall call to Me: "You are my Father, my G-d, and the Rock of my salvation." I also will appoint him firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.
Ask of Me and I will give the nations for your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for your possession.
After many wars, this promise to David was indeed fulfilled:
II Samuel 7:1
Now when King David dwelt in his house, and the L-rd had given him rest from all his enemies round about....
I Chronicles 14:17
And the fame of David went out into all lands; and the L-rd brought the fear of him upon all nations.
A Psalm of David: To You, O L-rd, I call; my Rock, be not deaf to me; lest You be silent to me and I become like those who go down to the pit. Hear the voice of my supplications as I cry to You for help, as I lift up my hands toward Your holy Sanctuary. Draw me not away with the wicked, and with evildoers who speak peace with their neighbors while mischief is in their hearts. Give them according to their deeds, and according to the evil of their endeavors, give them after the work of their hands; render to them what they deserve.
As David's own words reveal immediately before this last verse, he is speaking about himself.
The anointed King David concludes:
Blessed be the L-rd, because He has heard the voice of my supplications....The L-rd is a strength to Israel, and He is the stronghold of salvation for His anointed.
Missionaries claim that Jesus is here asking for vengeance upon his enemies. However, in the New Testament he asks for forgiveness, not vengeance:
And Jesus said: "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do...."
The Spirit of the L-rd G-d is upon me because the L-rd has anointed me to bring good tidings to the humble. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty for the captives and the opening of the prison for them that are bound.
Isaiah an anointed Prophet was speaking about himself. He fulfilled the Divine mission described here, in part by foretelling the great events of the Messianic Era:
The Jewish people shall rebuild the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations, they shall repair the ruined cities, the ravages of many generations. And strangers shall stand and pasture your sheep, and foreigners shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. And you shall be called priests of the L-rd, men shall call you ministers of our G-d, you shall eat the wealth of the nations and in their riches you shall glory.
Although these Messianic prophecies remained unfulfilled throughout Jesus' life, the New Testament depicts him reading this verse under discussion in a synagogue in his hometown and concluding:
Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.
Jesus then declared the congregants unworthy of seeing him perform miracles. Angered by his Messianic pretense, his neighbors tried to kill him:
When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. And they rose up and put him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw him down headlong. But passing through the midst of them he went away.
This hostility toward Jesus resurfaces elsewhere:
The Jews took up stones again to stone him.
Again they tried to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.
These verses reveal to us the real Jesus: a man who was despised by those who knew him best! Even his closest disciples deserted him at the first sign of trouble:
then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.
The L-rd, your G-d, will raise up for you a Prophet like me [Moses] from among you, of your brethren, to him you shall hearken.
The New Testament claims that Jesus was this Prophet, fraudulently adding:
And it shall be that every soul that does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.
Yet the verse under discussion refers not to any specific individual, but to future prophets in general. In ancient Israel, a great many men and women strove to be worthy of Divine Inspiration, attending schools run by Prophets. The Hebrew Bible calls these students "prophets" and "sons of the Prophets"
I Samuel 10:10
And when they came to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met Saul; and the Spirit of G-d came mightily upon him and he prophesied among them.
II Kings 2:7
And fifty men of the sons of the Prophets went and stood at some distance from Elijah and Elisha as they both stood by the Jordan.
And I raised up some of your sons as Prophets, and some of your young men as Nazirites is it not indeed so, O children of Israel? says the L-rd.
Naturally, the competition and yearning for Divine communication were so intense that one was liable to wishfully believe oneself a prophet, or to deceitfully pass himself off as such. Consequently, the verse under discussion explains how to recognize a false prophet:
But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My Name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.
When a prophet speaks in the Name of the L-rd, if the word does not come to pass, or come true, it is a word that the L-rd has not spoken, the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, you need not be afraid of him.
Jesus was such a false prophet:
Truly, I say to you, "there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom."
That generation died 1900 years ago!
For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Jesus was "in the heart of the earth" for no more than 36 hours. He died Friday afternoon and was "resurrected" Sunday before dawn. When the women reached his tomb, he was already gone:
It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning.... On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment. But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb,... but when they went in they did not find the body.
And the L-rd, G-d, commanded the man, saying: "Of every tree in the garden, you may freely eat. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you must not eat of it, for the day you eat of it, you shall surely die."
Despite this warning, Adam did eat from the tree, but he did not die that day. Rather, he became subject to death, he became mortal.
In the Hebrew, "you shall surely die" is expressed by combining the future tense "shall" with an imperative "surely". Such emphatic double verbs are common in the Hebrew Bible. For instance:
So Abimelech warned all the people, saying: "Whoever touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death."
But you shall surely open your hand to him, and you shall surely lend him enough for his need, whatever it may be.
I Kings 2:37
For on the day you go forth and cross the brook of Kidron, you shall surely know that you shall surely die....
Nonetheless, missionaries seize on the double verb here as something unique, interpreting it to mean that Adam and all mankind went straight to hell upon death, and remained there until Jesus saved them from their torment!
I Peter 3:18-19
For Christ also died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to G-d, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit; in which he went and preached to the spirits in prison....
But the New Testament itself refutes this doctrine, depicting Abraham and Lazarus in heaven before Jesus died, and "descended to hell":
The poor man [Lazarus] died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried; and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus in his bosom....
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