125 – THE MESSIAH 2
The rod of iron mentioned in the Psalm 2:8-9 symbolizes Messiah’s violent government over the peoples of this world. The Psalm begins like this: “Why are the nations in an uproar, and the peoples devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers take counsel together against Jehovah and against His Anointed: Let us tear their fetters apart, and cast away their cords from us!” (Ps.2:1-3). The reaction of Jehovah does not reveal the love of the Father towards sinners, but an anger that is contrary to a saving grace, as we read in the New Testament: “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men” (Titus 2:11). As we have said, Jehovah’s reaction is human and vengeful, that is why he clamored, “He who sits in the heavens laughs, Jehovah scoffs at them. Then He will speak to them in His anger and terrify them in His fury” (Ps.2:4-5). God, the Father of Jesus, does not scoff, nor does he make fun of the poor men on this earth, nor throws confusion being filled with anger like Jehovah, the anthropomorphic god; the reaction of the Father in face of the vanity, pride, and blindness of the kings of this world is defined by the apostle Paul in the following words: “Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more” (Rom.5:20). How ridiculous if God came down from heaven and faced paranoiacs and schizophrenics, mad and blind in their own grounds, something that Jehovah does, and so calls himself JEHOVAH OF THE ARMIES (Is.8:13; 9:19). Jehovah, filled with anger, promises a Messiah. “I will surely tell of the decree of Jehovah: He said to Me, ‘Thou art My son, today I have begotten Thee. Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Thine inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron, Thou shalt shatter them like earthenware’” (Ps.2:7-9). The Psalm makes it very clear that the Messiah is the fruit of the fury of Jehovah to shatter the nations. Jesus Christ is the fruit of the love of God the Father. Since God does not change, and the life and ministry of Jesus were contrary to the predictions of Jehovah, since Jesus was crucified to save those that Jehovah wanted to shatter in his fury, anyone can conclude that Jehovah sent confusion into the prophecies, for one prophet would predict by the Spirit of Christ that the Messiah would be humble, meek and suffering, as we read in Isaiah 53, and another would predict by the spirit of Jehovah a despotic and destructive Messiah, such as in Mal.3:1-3; Hag.2:6-7; Jer.30:16-20. Nevertheless, the humble, meek, poor and suffering Messiah was the prediction of the Spirit of Christ, not of the spirit of Jehovah. “Obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls, as to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would com to you made careful search and inquiry, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indication as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow” (1 Pet.1:9-11).
Jehovah used Moses, who belonged to Jesus, as we read in Heb.11:23-27, as a picture of the despotic Messiah. For this reason he declared that the works of Jehovah did not come from his heart, and confronted Jehovah many times, forcing him into changing the murderous and destructive plan(Num.16:28; 14:11-20; Ex.32:9-14). It is absurd that the same God who said he was the creator of the universe, animals and men, of nature so beautiful, and the perfume of the flowers could be rebuked by a man and would repent of a heedless action. This happened many times with Jehovah. We want it to be very clear that Moses was forced to be the leader of Israel and he did it against his will(Num.11:11-15). Moses, in the works of Jehovah, was the picture of the Messiah who did not come.
- 1. Moses, in a political and material plan, was the deliverer of Israel alone; Jesus is the deliverer and savior of all men, in a heavenly and eternal plan.
- 2. Moses accomplishes the plans of Jehovah through plagues and pestilences (Ex.7 through 14).Jesus accomplishes the plan of the Father through love (John 15:13; 3:16).
- 3. Moses gave a law that kills: (Ezek.18:4) “The soul who sins will die”. Christ gave a law that saves: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you” (John 13:34). That is because whoever loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law (Rom.13:8-10).
- 4. The Law of Moses makes man responsible for sin (Ezek.18:20). Christ takes upon himself the sins of men, nullifying the power of the law (1 Pet.2:24).
- 5. Moses guided the people in the desert for 40 years until they were all dead (Num.14:26-38).Jesus gives his eternal life to his sheep, and so no one is lost (John 10:27-30).
- 6. Moses ordained the horrible curses of the law (Deut.28:15-68). Jesus delivered from the curses (Gal.3:13).
- 7. The will of Jehovah was to destroy his people by the hand of Moses (Ex.32:10; 22:24; Deut.9:13-14; Num.14:12; 16:49). The will of the Father is to save all the nations by the hand of Jesus (John 6:38-40).
- 8. Moses commanded that they kept the Sabbath of Jehovah; otherwise they would die(Num.15:32-36). Christ did not keep the Sabbath, but violated it (John 5:16-18; 9:16).
- 9. Moses commanded the circumcision of Jehovah (Acts 15:1; Josh.5:1-9). Jesus cancelled the law of the circumcision of Jehovah (Gal.5:6; 6:15).
- 10. Moses established the divorce for any reason (Deut.24:1-4). Jehovah himself divorced from his people whom he had saved (Is.50:1; Jer.3:8). Jesus Christ does not accept divorce(Matt.19:9).
- 11. Moses admitted polygamy under the direction of Jehovah (Deut.21:15). Jesus ended polygamy (1 Cor.7:2-4; 1 Tim.3:2-12; Titus 1:6).
- 12. Moses delivered the people of Jehovah through violence, that is, by the rod of iron of Jehovah(Ex.4:20; 17:9; Num.20:7-9). Jesus Christ delivers everyone without the use of violence, but through love (Rom.5:8-10).
- 13. In the baptism of Moses, the Israelites that did not go through the waters lived, and the Egyptians that were immersed, died (Ex.14:21-22). In the baptism of Christ, sinners, when they are immersed, go from death to life, and the Israelites that resist being immersed for not believing in Christ, die.
- 14. We see that Moses was a picture, but not a picture of Jesus Christ. He was a picture of a Messiah that does not exist, for he did not exist in the heart of the Father.
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira