Jesus in the Old Testament - Why Jews Don’t Believe in Jesus


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On my first post on Jesus in the Old Testament, my fellow blogger Monique left a very thoughtful comment.  I won’t quote it here, if you’d like to read it, you can click on the link above that goes to that post.

One of the points she made was a reminder that the Old Testament is the Bible of the Jews, which is called the Tanakh, and that even though Jews and Christians are reading the same books, the Jews do not believe Jesus is the Messiah. 

Although humanity has been waiting for the Messiah since Genesis 3, when God promised that the seed of woman would bruise the head of the serpent, the Messiah was later promised to come through the bloodline of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Their descendants, the Jews, produced and protected the scriptures that told of His coming.  The Messiah was to come from their people.  If Jesus is the Messiah, and they, more than all people, were looking for Him, why do so many Jews not believe in Jesus?

I’ve been thinking about this for a while now, and even though I’ve done some reading, I don’t feel like I am at all qualified to make any statements about why the Jews don’t believe in Jesus.  If you have any respectful thoughts about this, I’d love to hear them in the comments.

I do know that the first believers were Jews.  Jesus’ disciples and most of His other followers were Jews.  A significant portion, if not all, of the converts on the day of Pentecost were Jews who had come to Jerusalem to celebrate the festival. 

According to, the Jews remained distinct from Gentile believers until around the seventh century, when they assimilated into the Gentile church.  The website continues by saying, “Though Messianic Judaism as a distinct movement faded in the seventh century, there have always been individual Jewish Believers in Yeshua. Beginning in the early 1800s increasing numbers of Jewish people began believing in Yeshua.”
Today, there are many congregations of Messianic Jews in Israel and around the world. 

Tents of Mercy is a group of Messianic congregations in Israel led by the Jewish founders, Eitan and Connie Shishkoff.  I have heard Eitan speak on multiple occasions about their work in Israel and the tremendous impact they are having. 

The Messianic Jewish Bible Institute works around the world “to bring Jewish people into a personal relationship of faith with Yeshua as Messiah.”  They have locations in the US, Israel, Russia, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Argentina, Mexico, Korea, Hungary, Brazil, and Zimbabwe. Many of my friends and acquaintances are supporters and the minister of a church I was a member of for about four years is on the board of directors.

If you have a desire to support Israel and help teach Jews about Jesus, either of these organizations would be an excellent place to start.

I know that over the centuries, countless Jews have rejected Jesus, but I know as well that Jesus first came to the Jews and now many, many are coming to Him.

This is the final post in the series on Jesus in the Old Testament.  If you missed any of the previous posts on Jesus in the New Testament, you can see each one of them here.

Jesus in the Old Testament
Prophecies of Jesus' Birth
Prophecies of Jesus' Life
Prophecies of Jesus' Death and Resurrection
Types of Jesus

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