Read 2. Is the Jewish Messiah God as a man? in Tom Cantor’s short evangelistic book “Frequently Asked Questions By Jewish People.”
In the previous section, Tom discussed the Trinity and the Old Testament. Here he discusses the Lord Jesus Christ as both God and man. He appeals to the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Micah and the apostle John.
Again, understanding this is not only important in Jewish evangelism, but also in reaching Muslims, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormon, or anyone else who would have this type of question.
Also, this is a good way for us to better understanding the Bible and our own beliefs. Christian apologetics (reasons to believe) is a way of thinking carefully of the truths about God at a basic level to reach unbelievers with the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ.
2. Is the Jewish Messiah God as a man?
The common Jewish mind set is that the Messiah could never be God, because no man could ever become God. However, the Bible does not teach that man became God; on the contrary, it teaches that God became a man.
“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” (Micah 5:2). The Jewish prophet, Micah prophesied that the Jewish Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. However, Messiah’s existence would not start at birth because He has no beginning; He is “from everlasting.” Eternality is an attribute that belongs only to God, and for Messiah to possess eternality would unquestionably show His deity. This prophecy was fulfilled when the eternal, divine Lord Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) The Jewish prophet, Isaiah also told of the Messiah. In this passage, a promise was given to Israel of a amazing child whose description was unparalleled by any other child ever born. He would be called Wonderful Counselor, The Prince of Peace, The Mighty God, and the Everlasting Father.
God the Son could be referred to as Mighty or Almighty or Everlasting, but why was He called the Father? Each person in the Godhead is so one (echad) with the others the Messiah said concerning Himself, “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” (John 14:9). Though Elohim is three, He is still one. For example, every person is made up of three parts: body, soul and spirit. No one ever asks a person if it is his body, spirit, or soul speaking; they are all one!
“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” (Jeremiah 23:5-6) A third Jewish prophet who foretold of the Messiah was Jeremiah. This future descendant of David was described as the “Righteous Branch.” His name would be called “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” Psalms 53:3 says that “there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Who, then, is this righteous Israelite, descendant of David, and One called Lord and God? Who is this One who is a King, a Judge, and the Savior of the Jews? It can be none other than the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.
All of these Scriptures teach us clearly that the Messiah is the Son of God or God the Son. As the second person in the Godhead, the Messiah is worthy of our worship.
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- 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?