[b-hebrew] Mashiach

Lisbeth S. Fried lizfried at umich.edu
Wed Aug 30 19:13:09 EDT 2006


Cyrus is not just called God's anointed, Cyrus is God's anointed.
That which Cyrus does becomes the job description of any future anointed, 
namely to rebuild the temple, rebuild Jerusalem, and to bring home the
exiles.
Cyrus's actions become the prototype.
Best,
Liz Fried

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> HH: Liz does not seem to realize that Isaiah continually compares the
> individual servant (not Israel the servant) with Cyrus.  There is a lot
> in common between the servant and Cyrus because both will be world
> rulers, and Isaiah is prophesying them both before they come on the
> scene. Cyrus is the near-term prophetic fulfillment, and the servant is
> the far-term fulfillment. Cyrus was a king, and this helps us to see
> that servant will be a king. Cyrus is called God's anointed, and this
> helps to make the comparison closer. Cyrus will save Israel from its
> exile and captivity, and in that way he is especially like the servant,
> who will do the same for Israel. God even calls Cyrus his servant. But
> we know that the Messiah will be an Israelite, and this helps us to see
> that the servant is not Cyrus. The servant will be the ruler of Israel
> as an Israelite:
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> Is. 49:3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will
> be glorified.
> Is. 49:4 Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength
> for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my
> work with my God.
> Is. 49:5 And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his
> servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet
> shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my
> strength.
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> HH: The Lord makes this comparison between Cyrus and the servant so that
> history can catch a glimpse of the servant's future greatness,
> 
> Yours,
> Harold Holmyard
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> Yours,
> Harold Holmyard
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