Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Evidence that Demands a Verdict: Chapter 9, part 2

Now McDowell details some of the 300 OT prophecies fulfilled in Jesus. Quoting amply from Jewish documents such as the Talmud, he shows that we are not the first to have considered these verses as prophecies pertaining to the Messiah. In later parts of this chapter, we'll see why.

Pertaining to His birth
  • Seed of woman: Genesis 3:15 --> Matthew 1:20; Galatians 4:4. Literal translation of Genesis 4:1 - "I have gotten a man, even YHWH."
  • Virgin: Isaiah 7:14 --> Matthew 1:18, 24-25; Luke 1:26-35. Greek parthenos.
  • Son of God: Psalm 2:7 --> Matthew 3:17. See also Mark 3:11 and Matthew 26:63.
  • Seed of Abraham: Genesis 22:18 --> Matthew 1:1.
  • Son of Isaac: Genesis 21:12 --> Luke 3:23, 34. Refutes the Muslim assertion that Ishmael was the son of promise.
  • Son of Jacob: Numbers 24:17 --> Luke 3:23, 34. Eliminates Esau.
  • Tribe of Judah: Genesis 49:10 --> Luke 3:23, 33. Eliminates 11 of the 12 tribes.
  • Family line of Jesse: Isaiah 11:1 --> Luke 3:23, 32.
  • House of David: Jeremiah 23:5 --> Luke 3:23, 31. Eliminates Jesse's other sons (7+).
  • Born at Bethlehem: Micah 5:2 --> Matthew 2:1. Very precise.
  • Presented with gifts: Psalm 72:10 --> Matthew 2:1, 11.
  • Herod kills children: Jeremiah 31:15 --> Matthew 2:16.
Pertaining to His nature
  • Pre-existence: Micah 5:2 --> Colossians 1:17. He was always God.
  • Called "Lord": Psalm 110:1 --> Luke 2:11; Matthew 22:43-45.
  • Immanuel (God with us): Isaiah 7:14 --> Matthew 1:123.
  • Prophet: Deuteronomy 18:18 --> Matthew 21:11. Four ways in which Jesus is like Moses (p. 152): (1) He was delivered from a violent death in His infancy. (2) He was willing to become a Redeemer of His people (Exodus 3:10). (3) He worked as mediator between Yahweh and Israel (Exodus 19:16, 20:18). (4) He made intercession on behalf of sinful people (Exodus 32:7-14, 33; Numbers 14:11-20). [Also read this excellent article, "Deuteronomy Deductions".]
  • Priest: Psalm 110:4 --> Hebrews 3:1, 5:5-6.
  • Judge: Isaiah 33:22 --> John 5:30.
  • King: Psalm 2:6 --> Matthew 27:37.
  • Special anointing of the Spirit (sevenfold): Isaiah 11:2 --> Matthew 3:16-17.
  • Zeal for God: Psalm 69:9 --> John 2:15-17.
Pertaining to His ministry
  • Preceded by a messenger: Isaiah 40:3 --> Matthew 3:1-2.
  • Begun in Galilee: Isaiah 9:1 --> Matthew 4:12, 13, 17.
  • Miracles: Isaiah 35:5-6a --> Matthew 9:35.
  • Parables: Psalm 78:2 --> Matthew 13:34.
  • Entered the Temple: Malachi 3:1 --> Matthew 21:12.
  • Entered Jerusalem on a donkey: Zechariah 9:9 --> Luke 19:35-37a.
  • Stumbling block to the Jews: Psalm 118:22 --> 1 Peter 2:7.
  • "Light" to the Gentiles: Isaiah 60:3 --> Acts 13:47-48a.
More tomorrow - what do you think so far?

1 comment:

W. E. Messamore said...

I refuse to believe in a hoax so elaborate, involving so many people, and which took place over so many (like thousands of) years. The weight of so many prophecies written over such a great period of time that are all perfectly fulfilled in one person on not just a technical level, but on a beautiful, poetic, sublime level... a person whose life so clearly mirrors and inverts the life and fall of Adam... it's just... overwhelming. I believe in Christ. Thanks for sharing.