This is an excerpt from a scroll found in one of the Qumran caves. It belongs to the first century BCE and was penned by one of the scribes in the Dead Sea region. Though only portions of the entire scroll survived, this passage is very legible. The remarkable part of this text is that here Messiah is a person who commands heaven and earth, heals the sick and even resurrects the dead. These were some key Messianic expectations of Jews in Qumran. Compare this text with how Yeshua was described in Luke 7:22.

1 [for the heav]ens and the earth will listen to his anointed one (Messiah),
2 [and all th]at is in them will not turn away from the precepts of the holy ones.
3 Strengthen yourselves, you who are seeking the Lord, in his service! [Blank]
4 Will you not in this encounter the Lord, all those who hope in their heart?
5 For the Lord will consider the pious, and call the righteous by name,
6 and his spirit will hover upon the poor, and he will renew the faithful with his strength.
7 For he will honor the pious upon the throne of an eternal kingdom,
8 freeing prisoners, giving sight to the blind, straightening out the twis[ted.]
9 And for[e]ver shall I cling [to those who h]ope, and in his mercy […]
10 and the fru[it of …] … not be delayed.
11 And the Lord will perform marvelous acts such as have not existed, just as he sa[id,]
12 [for] he will heal the badly wounded and will make the dead live, he will proclaim good news to the poor
13 and […] … […] he will lead the […] … and enrich the hungry. (4Q521)

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  1. I recently heard a comment in one of Dr Eli’s round table talks of a Jewish tradition to ask messiah one day: “Is this your first time, or have you been before?”!!

    It’s fascinating how many stumbling blocks there have been and continue to be today for the acceptance of Yeshua hanazarei as Messiah. I understand there were as many as 24 different “messiahs” around Jesus’ day (or more?), but none compared nor fulfilled as much in accordance with scripture. Is it really the stubbornness of the Sanhedrin, or even the quietness of believers from amongst the Jews which resulted in the vast chasm?

    Or could we all be so blinded by our own orthodoxy, doctrine and dogma that we fail to even recognise the Christ when He’s standing in front of us!? Let it never be so!

    As an aside, I’m reminded in the above writing of a rabbi’s choice to “elect” disciples he believed could go on to do greater things than he himself accomplished (or by inference, had time to). Praise the Lord for choosing us to be His disciples among the nations and I pray I can walk worthy of that calling.

    Thank you Professor Pinchas for this snippet of extra-biblical Jewish longing for Messiah. I pray more come daily in recognition of Jesus as messiah, in His timing and by the grace of the Holy Spirit of course. Shalom

  2. This is such great information. It helps us to understand some of the specific expectations they had of the coming One. Thank you for sharing this. Blessings to you.

  3. What’s the actual word for Lord here? I am asking because if it is the Divine Name that it would be the qualifier in the text that the Messiah will be the Incarnate YHWH.

    • The scroll does not use the four-letter name but rather אדני for “Lord” in this entire passage.

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