Messiah – Excerpt from The Real Jewish Messiah debate, part 3

What does the Scripture teach us about the real Jewish Messiah? The most important word that the Scriptures gave us to describe the Messiah is “David.” The Scriptures called the Messiah by David’s name 6 times (Jeremiah 30:9, Ezekiel 34:23,24, 37:24,35; Hosea 3:5). The prophet describes our yearning for the Messiah as yearning for our King David (Hosea 3:5). There is no person in all of Scripture that we know as well as David. David’s heart is the most open heart in all of Scripture. His heart is bare for all of us to read in the Book of Psalms.

Everyone agrees that if you want to know what the Messiah is all about then you need to read the Book of Psalms. But I encourage you, don’t read the Psalms like Dr. Brown, searching for a word or a phrase that you could exploit to support what the Church would have you believe. Instead read the Psalms as the followers of David have been reading them for 3000 years, feeling David’s heart. Open your heart to the song and to the spirit of the Book of Psalms.

When you open your heart to the Book of Psalms you will discover the personality of the Messiah. You will see a king who leads with humility, emphasizing his own utter helplessness before God and his total dependence upon God. You will not see a king who emphasizes his supposed superiority over other people. You will see a king who recognizes that every breath of air that God grants him is an expression of God’s love and he encourages you to look at your existence the same way. You will find a king who brings every fear, every worry, every problem and every sin directly to God and to God alone and he directs you to do the same. In the Psalms you will see a king who directs all of mankind’s devotion and worship towards God and he doesn’t divert an iota of that devotion towards himself. And you will see a king who does not stand apart from other men, emphasizing the differences that separate him from others. Instead, you will find a king who stands shoulder to shoulder with mankind inviting all of humanity to sing God’s praises together with him.

The Messiah will sing David’s song. He will take that same song and bring it home to all of humanity. The Messiah will make David’s song resonate in every heart. The Messiah will take the same message of David and make it the message of all mankind.

Psalm 148 gives us a taste of the Messiah. In that Psalm David invites all of creation to sing the praises of God together with him, the heavens, the earth and all of mankind. And when the Messiah comes he will bring all of mankind to join in David’s song of praise to the God of Israel.

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6 Responses to Messiah – Excerpt from The Real Jewish Messiah debate, part 3

  1. tsvi Jacobson says:

    What a Michaya to read this. Thank you

  2. Sharon S says:

    A music video titled “Thank you Hashem.”. This song is about cultivate a sense of gratitude to Hashem at all times.

    This song is a blessing to me.

    I don’t know the meaning of the Hebrew lyrics .Appreciate if anyone can share the meaning in English.

    Toda Raba

  3. Praise the Lord for He is good, His kindness endures forever (Psalm 118:1) This time I will thank the Lord (Genesis 29:35)

    • Sharon S says:

      Shalom Rabbi Blumenthal,

      Good day.

      Thank you for sharing the Hebrew lyrics in English.I am really surprised that part of the lyrics is taken  from Psalm 118:1.

      In Psalm 118:2-4, the Psalmist/David invites everyone to praise God’s kindness/ love (as per NIV translation) :

      Let Israel say:
          “His love endures forever.”
      Let the house of Aaron say:
          “His love endures forever.”
      Let those who fear the Lord say:
          “His love endures forever.”

      I am so glad to share this video here and to learn the meaning of its lyrics. It is as you described ” a king who stands shoulder to shoulder with mankind inviting all of humanity to sing God’s praises together with him.”

  4. cpsoper says:

    I agree with much you’ve written about David and the psalms, it is a beautiful description, but it is his yearning for holiness, hatred of sin and his desire for God’s Law that stand out above all else. Of what you have written, what could not also be said of a humble, popular, religious novelist, even of a false faith?

    There is something else too, in his absolute dependence on HaShem, David too was nearly worshipped and of course later kings did become idols to the people. 1 Chr.29.20.
    Yet David himself calls the Messiah Cohen ‘Lord’ and the Gentiles do lawfully worship Him in many places. Dan.7.27 (פלח) Ps.72.9

    • cpsoper I agree that David’s yearning for holiness, hatred of sin and desire for God’s Law are prominent features in the Psalms – but I do not agree with your assertion that every humble/popular/religious novelist can sincerely attribute every breath to the Author of that breath – if they could have they would have. And for your information – Daniel 7:27 is about serving a nation not a man

      1000 Verses – a project of Judaism Resources wrote: >

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