Sometimes we have one fixed expectation. And if things don’t work out according to this, we lose perspective and even objectivity.
Say a couple is expecting their first baby. It is an interesting time to say the least. The prospect of parenthood is both exciting but equally daunting. As the hormones kick in for the mom she goes through an incredible phase (almost glowing) as she bonds with her baby. It is an awkward time for the father as there is no change in his body. At first it’s almost hard to believe but a monthly visit to the gynae gives reassurance that yes, there is a baby in there. Later it becomes more real when he has to go and help his wife shop for clothes in the maternity section. But for the most he is a bit ‘out of it’ and simply has to rely on information from his wife. ‘Feel here, the baby just kicked’ she would say.
Couples take different approaches. Sometimes they prefer to know the sex of the child, other times not. The same couple may decide to know the first baby’s and then opt not to know the second’s. If differs from couple to couple is what I’m trying to say. But there is another aspect that may go unnoticed at first. Say the father wants a boy for whatever reason. Maybe he is close to his father and wishes to have a similar relationship with his boy. Or maybe he is not that close to his father and has a deep need to rectify this. This is not far-fetched as fathers very often have issues with their children.
But here is the thing: if this expectation blended with hope is crushed as the first born turns out to be a girl, how does the father react? Many will say: ‘I don’t care as long as there are 10 fingers and 10 toes.’ By the way, this fingers and toes thing must be right up there with the top 3 irrational fears of fathers. And so when the confirmation comes that yes they’re all there, there’s huge relief. Nobody talks about it, but even as you read this, somewhere in the world, there is a dad who just received this confirmation and it means the world to him. It means that he is after all, also normal (smiley face)
But let’s continue our discussion on the reaction on hoping for a boy but getting a girl. Anybody will agree that it is in the father’s own best interests to move on. The baby is there, the mother is in good health and there’s no time to dwell on secret hopes and expectations.
Jewish traditions (sages) refer two Messiahs: Messiah ben Yosef and Messiah ben David. Messiah ben Yosef is the suffering Servant. Messiah ben David is of the tribe of Judah who will reign in the Messianic Age. However when the Jewish people refer to Mashiach they generally have in mind Messiah ben David. It is understood that both are Redeemers that save the Jewish people from galut (exile). The prophet Zechariah describes how Messiah ben Yosef gets killed in the war against evil (Zech 12:10) and Messiah ben David then appears to avenge his death and establish the Messianic Kingdom on earth.
Let’s go to the Tanakh - Isaiah 53. The book of Isaiah was written a good 700 years before Yeshua ben Yosef (did you notice the ben Yosef) lived. Now we already know how Yeshua died but consider the details of this Hebrew prophecy: ‘He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief’; ‘surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted’; ‘He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed’ and finally ‘He was oppressed and He was afflicted; yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.’
Those are passages from the prophet Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) and thus from the Tanakh. Yeshua as Messiah ben Yosef fulfilled all this and other Hebrew prophecies. After His resurrection from the dead, the angels said to His Jewish followers (Acts 1:11): ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Yeshua who was taken up from you into heaven will so come in like manner as you say Him go into heaven.’ Thus the two redeemers are really one Person but with two missions.
Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah as prophesied by the Hebrew prophets. His first mission as ‘ben Yosef’ has been completed. When He returns again to Israel it will be as ‘ben David’
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