“The Jewish authorities gathered around him (Jesus), saying, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Anointed One, tell us plainly.’ Jesus answered, ‘I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.’” (Jn. 10:24-27) The Jerusalemite temple leadership challenged Yeshua to submit his candidacy for Messiahship to them. He refused, saying that his Father and his own deeds were enough to prove his Messiahship.

This text is most often read as an instance of Yeshua’s general lack of clarity on the topic. However, the request should not be read: “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Anointed one, tell us plainly.” But rather, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Anointed One, tell us plainly.”

The blind saw, the lame walked, lepers were cured, the deaf heard, and the dead came back to life. (Matt. 11:2-5; Is. 29:17-21) Jesus’ identity as Messiah was in fact self-evident. Jesus was the one to whom Israel’s God had entrusted authority and therefore, submitting Himself to the lower court of the Judean establishment (despised by many Judeans at the time), was out of the question. (Matt. 26:63-64)

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  1. John the Baptist asked if Jesus was the one who is to come or should they expect someone else and Jesus sends back the answer stating the miracles that only the Messiah could do. See Luke 7:18_25 thus reassuring John that He was the Messiah
  2. The miracle of the oil seems like a clue (Maccabean Revolt). The oil lit the lampstand? This seems different than the use of oil in the anointing of men to authority (like King David). Jesus didn’t call the authorities anointed but called them hired hands (drove the sheep with harshness and force). I really need more Jewish History and culture!
  3. The evidence of His messiahship is overwhelming as is His Deity. As you point out the miracles are so astounding for instance who else could still the storm or with 5 loaves and two fishes feed 5000 plus but He who created all things?. Thank you Dr ELI for reminding us of these glorious truths. I often think we have too small a view of our most gracious God. Thank you Dr Eli.
  4. I really enjoy these snippets of knowledge Fills my knowledge of Christianity and Judaism I would almost consider converting to Judaism as there is not much difference between the two religions God bless Israel
    • What became Judaism and what became Christianity is clearly VERY VERY different, but what Jesus-following movement once was - you are right there was no difference, since it lay within the borders of Judaism.
    • What are you thinking? We can and should improve our understanding of the Bible and Biblical times through understanding the Jewish texts, and learning the Jewish perspective, but only through Jesus can we be saved. It is not necessary to convert to Judaism.

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  5. I think the Jews who believe Yeshua was the Messiah are called Messianic Jews. Christianity today has come a long way from the early teachings of Yeshua. Shalom
  6. When Jesus was asked if He was the Son Of God? He replied “I Am The I Am”. Which ultimately gave the answer to the question. “I Am” actually means God, so I Am The I Am was in fact Jesus telling His inquisitors, yes He was God!
  7. That's right you should NEVER ? Christ.For example I saw him & the Virgin Mary they were both in kneeling positions & I saw my still born child being baptized I sensed Moses & Christ told me not to look at them so I listened & did as he told me.I really wanted to look at them but I felt NO I better listen to him.Since then he told me You are my daughter,I am for the divorce & I am appointing Criss Angel the one that has his eyes closed to be your future husband.I was like WOW.
  8. One bit of forgotten historical trivia is the fact that this question was asked during Hanukkah. In the story of the Maccabees, the question arose about what to do with the defiled altar; it was decided to put the stones in a little room on the north side of the Temple Mount, with the promise that the Messiah wold tell them what to do with them. Jesus was standing in Solomon's Porch directly above that little room. Hence, the question.
    • There's no question - Yeshua certainly did act in the role of a prophet by any measure. But in the story you reference of the Maccabean revolt, the text does not specifically reference Messiah, but references "a prophet".

      44 They deliberated what to do about the altar of burnt offering, which had been profaned. 45 And they thought it best to tear it down, so that it would not be a lasting shame to them that the Gentiles had defiled it. So they tore down the altar, 46 and stored the stones in a convenient place on the temple hill until a prophet should come to tell what to do with them. 1 Maccabees 4:44-46 NRSV
  9. 1st- THANK YOU! I have learned much in short time I have been receiving the daily lessons. I am very grateful for your teaching Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg!
    2nd- I love the Jewish roots of my Christian faith and the Messianic Jewish brothers and sister. And wish to learn even greater lessons as we move forward.
    Last- My heart, prayers and LOVE to the Jewish communtity in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am so very sorry for all that you have suffered. May Gods Grace be multiplied many times over in each of your lives.
    Have a very Blessed Shabbat!
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