I remember sitting in Bible studies in which the Hebrew Scriptures were studied – usually the prophets. Without fail, someone would mention where they could find Jesus in those verses, but especially in Isaiah 53. That passage in particular was just so “obvious” that Jesus’ life was planned from the beginning of creation.
This is one area that still trips me up today. Obviously, I was not taught to read those verses the same way. The infamous Isaiah 53 passage is, in Jewish tradition, about Israel – it’s not a messianic prophecy. Knowing the different requirements that Jews have regarding their messiah, training my mind to see Jesus in the Old Testament requires lots of mental gymnastics.
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