The main picture of the Messiah is that of God's chosen king. The prophecies that predict this begin in the life of King David when God promises David that one of his descendants would have a kingdom without end. It says,
One thing that Christians may overlook is that many prophecies about the Messiah do not expressly say that he would be God in the flesh. The term "Son of God" can refer to divinity, but also is occasionally used about angels and even people (see Genesis 6:2, Job 1:6 or Matt 5:9). In the passage above, it could be interpreted to mean that the messianic king would be so close to God that he would be like a son to him. In the life of Jesus we often look at his miracles as proof of divinity. But Moses and Elijah and others had done miracles before him, so even that isn't conclusive.
An intriguing study is to find the passages in the Old Testament said that the messianic king who was coming would be God himself. One passage is below:
It is very clear that the passage
is talking about the messianic king from David's line, and also very clear
that it refers to him with the words "Mighty God", and "Everlasting
Father." One other important
thing to note is that there are several precedents for God walking on
earth in the Old Testament scriptures. It says that God walked in the
Garden of Eden in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8), and that he visited
Abraham and ate with him (Genesis 18:1-13). To see God walking again on earth
as a man should not be a shock if he has done it before. The idea of the
Messiah as God in the flesh is consistent with the witness of what the
rest of scripture says about God's ways.
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