Coming Messiah In The Old Testament

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Throughout the Old Testament, there are prophecies concerning the Identity of the coming messiah. The combination of all these conditions established how the people would recognize the King, but it also made it so only one could ever fit the role perfectly. One of the conditions the coming messiah had to fit was that he had to be from the tribe of Judah. Genesis 49 prophecies the coming messiah’s tribal relation by saying “The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his” (Genesis 49:10, New International Version). The coming messiah had to be from the tribe of Judah or He would actually be the Messiah, but Jesus was. The …show more content…
The truth that Jesus was fully God and fully Human is the premise by which humanity’s communion with God is restored. The salvation of all of humanity depends on the person and life of Jesus Christ. T.F. Torrance illustrates humanity’s dependency on the incarnation by saying “our approach to Christ can be only from the standpoint of sinners whose sins have been forgiven, and for whom Christ is the son of the living God become flesh in order to reconcile the world to God” (Torrance, 2008, pg. 11). The only way humanity can see the incarnation is that we are in need of salvation and the incarnation provides that salvation. Since God became man in His son Jesus Christ, He successfully made it so sin did not keep humanity from having a relationship with Him. Humanity’s only way to be with the Father and fulfill their purpose is through the …show more content…
Ever since creation the Father had been carefully planning to restore the communion with humanity through the incarnation. The process of redemption was the result of a plan that was carried out in the stories and covenants of the Old Testament. T.F. Torrance describes the long redemptive formation by saying “the Old Testament goes on to unfold the way which this redeeming purpose of God took in the world, in the history of Israel, in and through whom that purpose began to assume flesh and blood in history” (Torrance, 2008, pg. 40). The incarnation did not just happen overnight, it was the result of a long process that includes the entire history of a nation. Through Israel and its leader, the incarnation was made possible by

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