“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

      • Thank You Dr First i want to meet you, and secondly i wish study but on campus; i am i davis CA have you any oppertnity me near me?

      • In the Garden of Eden, was it a sexual encounter that happened between Adam and Eve or a real fruit they ate? Secondly, was it a homosexual act Noah’s son committed against him when he was drunk and asleep? I need answers according the original Hebrew Bible translation.

        • The Hebrew says that Eve and then Adam ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It doesn’t explicate any sexual encounter.
          The event with Noah is ambiguous, perhaps even intentionally. A few speculative theories abound: sodomy, speaking disrespectfully, and mistreating Noah’s wife while he was drunk. But we can’t know for sure.

          • It is thought by many that the “Sin” was Casteration.
            It ensured no more Male competition from the loins of such Pure specimen.

  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.

  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!

    • Israel Bible Center equips you with the tools you need to enter into the Jewish world of Scripture. We provide first-rate teaching, and the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s top scholars. As a student, you will be able to interact personally with our teaching faculty, and gain access to hundreds of hours of Bible courses, including Leviticus and The New Testament and The Jewish Apostle Paul I: His World. Become a part of the community of teachers and students at Israel Bible Center today!

    • He said no such thing. It is a stretch too far to link Jesus words to the Exodus account. Indeed, many modern translations do not even say I am but something more appropriate.

  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.

  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!

  10. Shallom Dr, Eli. This is on a very different topic from the above but please oblige me. It is about the Sabbath Law/keeping the Sabbath, and the Sunday worship. Some Christians believe that the Sabbath law is not binding because Yeshua resurrected on Sunday, and that salvation is by grace through faith, so one does not need to keep the Sabbath. I believe that salvation by grace through faith notwithstanding, the Sabbath law was not canceled, and Christians should keep the Sabbath. What is your take on this?

      • Keeping the Sabbath according to God, and keeping Sabbath according to man made laws are completely different things. What Jesus did on the Sabbath only broke man made laws at the time. Spending time in fellowship with God and fellow believers, on a regular day, is a blessing.

  11. Very good answer you have given to the question. Each one of us must believe the scriptures and not seek to know Him by human intelligence and insight. Believe the 66 books that are Theopneustos,that is inspired by G-D.

  12. Informative as ever. The religious leaders looked down their noses at the young preacher. It is similar today. The “educated” classes think people who believe the Bible to be true are simpletons.

  13. The Jewish authorities were saying for Jesus to tell “US” so WE can approve the claim and thus remain in control and authority.

  14. Jesus is a 100% Jew and if our faith is born of his apostles and especially of Paul, Jesus says he will follow my commandments and follow me. This is not salvation by grace, but by following the Torah not only written, but highly oral. ???

    • The Bible is clear that salvation is by grace through faith (Rom.5:2,Eph.2:8). Salvation is by grace, but a saved person will be faithfully loyal to his Savior and strive to do what pleases Him out of love for Him. Following God’s commandments doesn’t lead to salvation, rather it is the natural response to salvation. (John-14:15,1John-5:3)

    • Israel Bible Center equips you with the tools you need to enter into the Jewish world of Scripture. We provide first-rate teaching, and the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s top scholars. As a student, you will be able to interact personally with our teaching faculty, and gain access to hundreds of hours of Bible courses, including Leviticus and The New Testament and Jewish Insights Into Scriptures I. Become a part of the community of teachers and students at Israel Bible Center today!

  15. halio,please allow me to move a little bit from your discussion.Why was the garden so important in the bible?I am specifically referring to the garden of Eden and Gethesman.What do they symbolise Spiritually.Are they both or the word garden itself related to the culture of Jews or Israel?

    • The Garden of Eden is important because it is a prototype of paradise to come. Gethsemane (“Gath Shemanim”=Oil-press) is only by John called a “garden”. It was probably an orchard. It is representative of trials since olives must be pressed to release their oil.

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