Jewish Messianic Expectations and The Reality of Messiah in Yeshua

As has been seen a Davidic Messiah to end the exile of the Jews and oppression of foreign powers came to the front of the Jewish People’s expectations of the Messiah given the daily reality of the Roman rule over Israel and the Jewish nation. When Yeshua came as a baby born in obscurity in a cave in Bethlehem He defied the expectations of most and His ministry and life of teaching and healing while spurning the title of Messiah and rejecting calls for a political movement caused many to doubt. Most notably among his doubters was his cousin John the Baptist who in Matthew 11 from Herod’s prison sent this question to Yeshua:

“Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for someone else?” (Matthew 11:3, CJB)

John knowing that his death was certain and coming soon wanted to know if his hopes in Yeshua were well placed given his shunning of the common view of the Messiah. Yeshua responded with words of assurance to John and reminded John that there is more to the Messianic hope than just the conquering of Israel’s enemies:

“Yeshua answered, “Go and tell John what you are hearing and seeing—the blind are seeing again, the lame are walking, people with leprosy are being cleansed, the deaf are hearing, the dead are being raised, the Good News is being told to the poor—and how blessed is anyone not offended by me!”” (Matthew 11:4–6, CJB).

Commenting on Yeshua’s response to John, Stern (1996) wrote:

“He (Yeshua) refers to prophecies in the book of Isaiah of six signs which the Messiah will give when he comes: he will make the blind see (Isaiah 29:18, 35:5), make the lame walk (Isaiah 35:6, 61:1), cleanse lepers (Isaiah 61:1), make the deaf hear (Isaiah 29:18, 35:5), raise the dead (implied in Isaiah 11:1–2 but not made specific), and evangelize the poor (Isaiah 61:1–2)” (Mat. 11:3).

In His response, Yeshua affirmed to John His claim to being the Messiah though a different Messiah that was expected and hoped for at the time, yet the Davidic Messiah will appear when Yeshua again returns.

Stern, D. H. (1996).  Jewish New Testament Commentary: a companion volume to the Jewish New Testament (electronic ed.). Clarksville: Jewish New Testament Publications.


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