Yeshua in the Old (First) Testament

People may wonder if Yeshua (Jesus) is really in the Old Testament.  Well we know He is there for sure and we know that all the things in the Old Testament had but one purpose, to point to Him!

Luke 24:25

25 And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.

44 Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”

So now we have a clue of where to look to find Yeshua (Jesus).  One first step of our journey is recognizing Yeshua’s (Jesus’s) true name.  From here on I will refer to him only as Yeshua.  A name is more than a label in the bible it is who or what the person is.  Yeshua means salvation, thus Yeshua (or Jesus) is literally salvation.  The root word Yeshua IS IN the Old Testament, and now that we use this word for His name, He will be easier to spot.  Some other common areas signs to look for when seeking out Yeshua:

  • King David being put on the throne “again” … later is Yeshua
  • King David having a reign … that lasts forever is Yeshua
  • The Son of David “can” refer to Yeshua
  • Right Arm is Yeshua
  • Son of Man is Yeshua
  • Annointed can mean Yeshua
  • Things that refer to light may point to the Messiah

Now that we have our guidebook started, let’s start out journey.

Psalm Chapter 2

1 Why are the nations in an uproar
And the peoples devising a vain thing?

2 The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
The Word Anointed means Messiah (literally Yeshua) here in the original Hebrew

3 “Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.

5 Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,

6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King
G-d has installed His King (Yeshua)
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”
Yeshua is made King of Jerusalem

7 “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD:
He said to Me, `You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
Clear relationship shown here between G-d and Yeshua, also translated as “I have become your Father”.

8 `Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.

9 `You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’ “

10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.

11 Worship the LORD with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.

12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
If you reject Yeshua you will perish
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!
Blessed are those that are in Christ

Psalm Chapter 8

1 O LORD, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth,
Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!

2 From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength
Because of Your adversaries,
To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.

3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;

4 What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
Son of Man so we are now talking about Yeshua (Yeshua called Himself the Son of Man)

5 Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You crown him with glory and majesty!

6 You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
All things were put under Yeshua’s feet only He is ruler of all

7 All sheep and oxen,
And also the beasts of the field,

8 The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea,
Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.

9 O LORD, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth!

Psalm 14

1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds;
There is no one who does good.

2 The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men
To see if there are any who understand,
Who seek after God.

3 They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt;
There is no one who does good, not even one.
All men have turned aside.  This is a testament to G-d’s grace.  We are only on the side of righteousness because of Him.  Choosing us as he chose Abraham, awakening us out of our slumber.  Left to our ways not one of us would do good.

4 Do all the workers of wickedness not know,
Who eat up my people as they eat bread,
And do not call upon the Lord?

5 There they are in great dread,
For God is with the righteous generation.

6 You would put to shame the counsel of the afflicted,
But the LORD is his refuge.

7 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
When the LORD restores His captive people,
People don’t restore themselves through “choice” out of captivity.  They are restored by the Lord.
Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.
The word salvation here means “Yeshua”!

Psalm 16 (Prayer in the Garden prior to Yeshua’s Crucifixion)

(This was the Prayer Yeshua prayed will in the garden…  All the NT tells you is He prayed.  The OT tells you what he said!)

1 Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You.

2 I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
I have no good besides You.”

3 As for the saints who are in the earth,
They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.
“My” delight gives perspective on who is really talking here

4 The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied;
I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood,
Nor will I take their names upon my lips.
Shows that there are those that Yeshua’s blood is NOT poured out for.  When you brought a sacrifice at Passover for Atonement you had to speak their names to tie them to the sacrifice.  Here is pointing out that some will not be named.

5 The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
(Yeshua prayed about taking “this cup from me”)
You support my lot.

6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.

7 I will bless the LORD who has counseled me;
Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.
(He’s having this conversation at night)

8 I have set the LORD continually before me;
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Means He (Yeshua) is on the Left side of G-d (side of judgment)

9 Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will dwell securely.

10 For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol;
Yeshua will not be abandoned to the grave.
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
Yeshua will die but will not decay.

11 You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
Now He is talking about being on the Right side of G-d (side of Mercy and Grace)

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