The Messiah in the Old Testament
What we know today as the Old Testament was in reality the only Scriptures that were available at the time when Jesus was teaching His disciples. The Scriptures were not referred to as the Old Testament because the New Testament did not exist. Every reference to the Scriptures that we read about in the New Testament is actually talking about the Scriptures that every Jew, rabbis, and disciples grew up studying. “When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem looking for Him. Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers” (Luke 2:45–47).
When Jesus started His ministry the atmosphere was filled with the expectation for the coming of the Messiah, and many saw in Jesus the fulfillment of the prophecies about His coming, but with His crucifixion many became disillusioned and discouraged because they did not have a full understanding about all the messianic prophecies. It was later, after His resurrection that He started to show some of His disciples from the Scriptures a deeper understanding about the coming of the Messiah. “And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures” (Luke 24:25–27).
I want to plan a bible study where we can go over the Bible and get a better understanding about the whole plan of God in sending His Son, Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
Acts 17:2-3; 10-11