Here is the introduction to Tom Cantor’s useful little book “Frequently Asked Questions By Jewish People.” It is available free online at Israel Restoration Ministries
This section will demonstrate how the Hebrew Scriptures prove that a Jewish Messiah would be both God and man and come to redeem His people. In order to understand what the Scriptures teach, prejudices against the person of the Lord Jesus Christ must be set aside and the scriptures approached with an open mind and a teachable spirit, allowing God to illuminate and teach through His Word.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
The goal of Bible study is to identify the Jewish Messiah and to understand how to attain salvation from the judgment of sin and to become reconciled to God through the Messiah. The Apostle Paul assured Timothy:
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:15-17)
Paul stated that the Scriptures were at that time able to make Timothy wise unto salvation. The Greek Scriptures, however, were at that time not yet complete, so the only means Timothy had available to learn of salvation were the Hebrew Scriptures. The Old Testament is also called the Hebrew Scriptures or Old Covenant and the New Testament is also called the Greek Scriptures or New Covenant.
The men on the road to Emmaus
On the road to Emmaus, two men conversed with the Jewish Messiah after He rose from the dead. After they informed Him of the preceding days’ events, the Lord Jesus Christ expounded everything about the Messiah to them without using the Greek Scriptures, since they had not yet been written. He said to them:
“O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” (Luke 24:25-27).
Using only the Hebrew Scriptures, the Lord Jesus Christ was still able to teach the men about Himself. The men then said to each other:
“Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” (Luke 24:32)
Speaking to the Jews
“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39)
The Lord Jesus Christ must have been referring to the Hebrew Scriptures, for not a single page of the Greek Scriptures had been written.
The record of the Ethiopian Eunuch
“And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? (Acts 8:34)
The Ethiopian Eunuch bought a copy of the book of Isaiah while in Jerusalem, which he read as he returned home. After reading Isaiah 53, he was confused about the subject of the passage. God intersected the Eunuch’s journey with Philip’s, and when Philip learned of the Eunuch’s confusion, he helped the man to understand, demonstrating his knowledge of Scripture.
“Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.” (Acts 8:35)
Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who live in the Scriptures see the Lord Jesus Christ in all the Scriptures and are always ready to answer questions. Philip, not surprised or concerned by the eunuch’s question, was able to explain that Jesus was the Messiah prophesied in Isaiah. Without using the Greek Scriptures, he preached the Lord Jesus as the Savior of mankind. This section is designed for exactly that purpose. Using only the Hebrew Scriptures, the following pages will answer questions commonly asked by Jewish people who want to know who is the Lord Jesus Christ and how can one know He really is God and the Jewish Messiah…”
Continue reading the following topics at Israel Restoration Ministries
- Do the Hebrew Scriptures support the tri-unity of the Godhead?
- Is the Jewish Messiah God as a man?
- Is the Lord Jesus Christ God?
- Is it possible for a man to see God the Son?
- How can the Jewish Messiah be identified?
- Do the Hebrew Scriptures support the virgin birth?
- Do all men have a sinful nature?
- Is there a mediator between God and man?
- What is the difference between a Gentile and a Christian?
- What is the difference between Israel and the church?
- What is a Jew?
- Is it possible to be both Jewish and a Christian?
- Why did rabbis never tell Jewish people about Jesus, the Messiah?
- Why do some Jewish people doubt the existence of God?
- Do the Hebrew Scriptures teach on Heaven and Hell?
- What is God’s plan for the salvation of the Jewish people?
- Is baptism a Jewish ritual?
- Is it worth it for a Jewish person to receive the Lord Jesus Christ?
- What is God’s purpose for the Jewish people?
- What peace did Messiah bring to earth?
- Do Jewish people automatically go to Heaven?
- Where was God during the Nazi disaster?
- Can man write and say the name of God?
- Why is the name of Jesus Christ not found in the Hebrew Scriptures?
- Can someone understand the Scriptures without knowing Hebrew?
- Is God needed to understand the truths of the Scriptures?
- Was an oral law given to the rabbis separate from the written law of Moses?
- Who really killed the Lord Jesus Christ?
- Haven’t Christians been responsible for persecuting the Jewish people?
- Does a Jewish person cease to be Jewish by following the Lord Jesus Christ?
- Why do English Bibles translate some prophecy differently than the Hebrew?
- Who is the Servant?
- Does God ever use numbers to send secret messages (numerology) as the Kabbalah and other Jewish mysticism writings teach?
- What does it Mean to Have Eternal Life or to be Saved?