The Anointed begotten
9. Messiah or Anointed one
As Christians we do speak about Jesus Christ the Messiah. The term Messiah is derived from the Hebrew root word mashiach. The verb is used when an object, an altar for example, was consecrated for a sacred purpose. The noun mashiach is used to describe a person consecrated for service to God. The Hebrews believed that when God anointed a person, that person received a measure of the Holy Spirit. He became a vehicle of the activity of God in a special way. Prophets, priests and kings were anointed for the sacred offices they held. Thus the OT Scriptures speak of many “christs” or “anointed ones.”+
There was one Messiah who was promised long beforehand.
“Those who oppose יהוה are shattered, from the heavens He thunders against them. יהוה judges the ends of the earth, and gives strength to His sovereign, and exalts the horn of His anointed.” (1 Samuel 2:10 The Scriptures 1998+)
‘And I shall raise up for Myself a trustworthy priest who does according to what is in My heart and in My being. And I shall build him a steadfast house, and he shall walk before My anointed forever. (1 Samuel 2:35 The Scriptures 1998+)
The sovereigns of the earth take their stand, And the rulers take counsel together, Against יהוה and against His Messiah, and say, (Psalms 2:2 The Scriptures 1998+)
יהוה, remember the reproach of Your servants, That I have borne in my bosom – Of all the many peoples, With which Your enemies have reproached, O יהוה, With which they have reproached the footsteps of Your anointed. (Psalms 89:50-51 The Scriptures 1998+)
“For the sake of Your servant Dawiḏ, Do not turn away the face of Your Anointed One.” (Psalms 132:10 The Scriptures 1998+)
“And I put deliverance on her priests, And her kind ones sing for joy. “There I make the horn of Dawiḏ grow; I shall set up a lamp for My Anointed One. “I put shame on his enemies, While on Him His diadem shall shine.” (Psalms 132:16-18 The Scriptures 1998+)
“At the beginning of your supplications a word went out, and I have come to make it known, for you are greatly appreciated. So consider the word and understand the vision: “Seventy weeks are decreed for your people and for your set-apart city, to put an end to the transgression, and to seal up sins, and to cover crookedness, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up vision and prophet, and to anoint the Most Set-apart. “Know, then, and understand: from the going forth of the command to restore and build Yerushalayim until Messiah the Prince is seven weeks and sixty-two weeks. It shall be built again, with streets and a trench, but in times of affliction. “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off and have naught. And the people of a coming prince shall destroy the city and the set-apart place. And the end of it is with a flood. And wastes are decreed, and fighting until the end. “And he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week. And in the middle of the week he shall put an end to slaughtering and meal offering. And on the wing of abominations he shall lay waste, even until the complete end and that which is decreed is poured out on the one who lays waste.” (Daniel 9:23-27 The Scriptures 1998+)
“So when you see the ‘abomination that lays waste,’ spoken of by Dani’ĕl the prophet, set up in the set-apart place” – he who reads, let him understand – (Matthew 24:15 The Scriptures 1998+)
“You shall go forth to save Your people, To save Your Anointed. You shall smite the Head from the house of the wrong, By laying bare from foundation to neck. Selah.” (Habakkuk 3:13 The Scriptures 1998+)
 What the Bible Teaches About the Promised Messiah, Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1993, 2.
 The term mashiach appears as a designation of various persons in the Old Testament:
Saul – 12 times: 1 Sam. 12:3, 5; 24:6 (twice), 10; 26:9, 11, 16, 23; 2 Sam. 1:14, 16, 21.
David – 6 times: 2 Sam. 19:21; 22:51; 23:1; Ps. 18:50; 20:6; 28:8.
Priest – 4 times: Lev. 4:3, 5, 16; 6:22.
Reigning king – 3 times: Lam. 4:20; Ps. 84:9; 89:38.
Patriarchs – twice: Ps. 105:15; 1 Chron. 16:22.
Solomon – once: 2 Chron. 6:42.
Prospective king – once: 1I Sam. 16:6.
Cyrus – once: Isa. 45:1.
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