We’re busy camping and living the joy of the feast of Sukkot right now with other families from our congregation. But in the interest of serving my regular readers, I like to try to keep the posts coming even when I am too busy to write new stuff.
What I have below is simply a list of three kinds of Messianic texts in the Hebrew Bible. This list is from my book A New Look at the Old Testament (see it here).
Those who know me know that I resist seeing a Messianic prophecy behind very bush in the Sinai and Canaanite deserts. If you will take a minute to look at this list, read the texts that stand out to you, and think about it, I believe you may get a different perspective on Messianic prophecy than the usual stuff you hear.
Indirect Messianic Prophecies
Genesis 22:18 (Abraham’s seed).
Genesis 49:10 (Judah’s scepter).
Numbers 24:17-19 (The Star of Jacob).
2 Samuel 7:12-18 (The Son of God).
Psalm 2 (The Anointed Son).
Psalm 89 (The Davidic King).
Psalm 110 (The Priest like Melchizedek).
Amos 9:11 (The Fallen Booth of David).
Micah 2:12-13 (The King who Breaks).
Prophecies of King Messiah
Hosea 3:5 (David, their King).
Micah 5:1-4 (A Ruler from of Old).
Isaiah 9:1-7 (Light of Galilee, Prince of Peace).
Isaiah 11:1-16 (Root of Jesse, Righteous Judge).
Isaiah 61:1-3 (Healer of the Broken-Hearted).
Jeremiah 23:5-6 (Branch of David).
Jeremiah 30:21 (The Leader in the Last Days).
Jeremiah 33:14-26 (Branch of David).
Ezekiel 21:25-27 (The One to whom it Belongs).
Ezekiel 34:23-21 (The One Shepherd).
Ezekiel 37:24-28 (David, my Servant).
Daniel 7:13-14 (Son of Man).
Zechariah 9:9-10 (The King on a Donkey).
Prophecies of a Suffering Messiah
Isaiah 42:1-4 (The Gentle Servant).
Isaiah 49:1-7 (The Servant’s Despair).
Isaiah 52:13—53:12 (The Suffering Servant).
Daniel 9:25-26 (The Anointed One Cut Off).
Zechariah 12:10 (The Pierced One).