By David Cook
Many of the Rabbis and religious leaders of the Jewish community today do not now believe that Messiah is divine and therefore is one of the reasons they reject Jesus as the Messiah since He claimed to be the Son of God. (Although, certainly the Messianic Jewish Rabbis do believe Messiah is the Son of God.)
Evidently, these Rabbis who do not believe that Moshiach/Mashiach (Messiah) is divine have overlooked their own scriptures (or perhaps do not understand them or worse yet do not believe the Tanakh). For example in the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) the prophet Micah gives us this clue;
“But thou, Beth-lehem Ephrathah,
which art little to be among the thousands of Judah,
out of thee shall one come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel;
whose goings forth are from of old, from ancient days.”
Micah 5:2 Hebrew Bible JPS version
This ruler (King) who will come from Bethlehem will rule Israel in the future who existed from long ago from the ancient days. This phrase from “ancient days” is a reference to eternity past, this ruler existed before his birth on earth. The name “Ancient of days” a reference to Hashem (Hebrew word for “the name” since the Jews rarely us the name for God so as not to accidently use His name in vain). The prophet Daniel uses this name for God, “Ancient of days” in Chapter 7:13-14 One who existed from long, long ago, from eternity.
“I saw in the night visions, and, behold, there came with the clouds of heaven one like unto a son of man, and he came even to the Ancient of days, and he was brought near before Him.
And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Daniel 7:13-14 JPS
In this scripture passage in Daniel there came with the clouds of heaven a “son of man” (a name Yeshua the Messiah used to refer to Himself) approaches the throne of the “Ancient of days” (the throne of God) to receive authority for an eternal kingdom that will never be destroyed. Jesus is both the son of man and the Son of God. He approaches the throne of His Father to receive the Messianic eternal Kingdom that will never be destroyed.
When the Magi followed a star and traveled from the east (most likely Babylon modern day Iraq) to Jerusalem to worship the new born King of the Jews (Messiah) this caused quite a uproar in Jerusalem and especially with King Herod who was greatly threaten by this.
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'”
Matthew 2:1-6 NIV
Note above when King Herod asked the Chief Priests and Rabbis where would Messiah (the Christ) be born they answered in Bethlehem of Judah and then they quoted the prophet Micha 5:2. So it was the belief of the Jewish experts who were alive when Messiah was born (who were well versed in the study of the Tanakh) that the Messiah would be from Bethlehem. And they where right, He was born in Bethlehem. Yet the Moshiach (Messiah) existed “from of old, from ancient days”, before His birth in Bethlehem; before Genesis 1:1.