The MessiahBy Rev. John Cortright on 12/16/2018
Matthew 1:1 Jesus “the Messiah”, the son of David, the son of Abraham
Two Important “Everlasting Covenants” from the Hebrew Scriptures
- The Covenant to Abraham
- The Covenant to David
1 Chronicles 2:8-10 The mother of Samuel the prophet, Hannah, prayed over her son, and in her prayer she prophetically spoke of this Messiah that would judge the ends of the earth.
The anointed of the Lord
anoint = mashach
anointed = mashiyach= messiah
Hebrew mashiyach = Greek christos
Messiah = Christ = The Anointed
He found first his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means Christ).
2 Samuel 5:1-5 As the Messiah, the Lord’s anointed, David ruled the kingdom of God. It was God’s kingdom. The children of Israel were God’s people. But David sat on the throne, ruling over Israel. He was to shepherd God’s people.
1 Kings 1:34-35 Solomon now sat upon David’s throne and ruled Israel.
1 Chronicles 29:20; 22-23 As the Messiah over God’s heritage, the king was worshipped. Solomon sat on “the throne of the LORD [Yahweh]” in David’s stead. It was called David’s throne (1 Kings 1:35), but in reality it was Yahweh’s throne, with God’s anointed, His Messiah ruling on His behalf.
The Covenant to David
1 Chronicles 17:1-15 The promise to David
God not only promised this to David, but He made a covenant with David (Psalm 89:3-4). The covenant to David was a salt covenant (2 Chronicles 13:5). God bound His oath to David with a covenant. It will absolutely come to pass (Jeremiah 33:20-21).
It had been over 550 years since the last descendent of David ruled as Yahweh’s anointed over God’s people. But God would keep His promise. It was at this time in history, just before what historians call the “Common Era” when the Angel Gabriel visited the small village of Nazareth.
Luke 1:26-38 The promise to Mary. A fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant
Luke 2:1-20 The birth of Christ -- The Messiah!
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