8. Why do the Jews refuse to accept Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah promised by God through His prophets?




The reasons are various, however the most important reason, which can always be read in the writings of the Jewish rabbis or scholars who seek to refute the messiahship of Jesus, is the following one. Jesus - according to the Jews - cannot be the Messiah because He did not come to redeem Israel politically and because with His coming He did not initiate the universal messianic age, that is, the age of universal peace and justice predicted by the prophets; from His coming onwards things have been the same, or rather things have gone from bad to worse. To support this position they always quote the following words of Isaiah, which certainly refer to the Messiah of God: “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:1-9). However, the fact is that the Jews, having been blinded and hardened by God, don’t realize first of all that these words have been already fulfilled in part because a rod has already come forth from the stem of Jesse and a Branch has already grown out of his roots; and secondly that the period of peace and justice about which the prophet Isaiah spoke will begin when Jesus, the Messiah who died and rose from the dead and was taken up into heaven, comes back from heaven with glory and power. Then, and only then, will the age of universal peace and justice begin, because the devil will be bound (he will be bound for a thousand years, and after that period he will be released for a little while, and eventually he will be thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone).

We cannot but acknowledge the truthfulness of these words of Peter concerning the Jews: “They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed” (1 Peter 2:8 – NKJV). And who appointed them to stumble? God, for it is written in the prophets: “And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken” (Isaiah 8:14-15)