The Art Of Conversing
WHY WERE PEOPLE WAITING FOR THE MESSIAH?I'm not sure precisely what you mean. Perhaps you mean that the language of scripture is vague and subject to personal interpretation. If so, how useful is that?
I don't know what honor thy father and mother means. Honor could mean to speak well of them, toast them at parties, give them an award - perhaps at a banquet thrown in their honor, or maybe just obey them. If it's obedience that's being commanded, why not use that language? And if it is obedience that is being called for, why isn't it qualified obedience. Certainly one should not obey some parents and their parental commands. Does the Bible command us to go out and rob, kill, or deal drugs if a parent orders us to? That's up to each individual to decide. Some will say yes, some no. What can one do with such an idea? Vague language simply isn't useful.
When I read scripture, I find mostly poetry with no clear meaning, poetry that no two readers read the same way. The words mean what the reader wants it to mean, meaning that the words are functioning as a verbal Rorschach test onto which the reader projects himself.
And of course this fact undermines any claim of there being a proper understanding of what scripture says. Perhaps this is what you mean by subjective.
I'm looking for clear language and useful ideas in any resource, especially one purporting to tell others how to live.
So you read scripture and see a perfect match between Old Testament messianic prophecy and Jesus? I don't. I see that Jesus cannot possibly be the Hebrews' messiah. nPeace reads scripture and finds no contradictions anywhere, calling claims to the contrary opinion and air. From the outside, we call that a confirmation bias - seeing what one wants to see or expects to see rather than what is there.
3, 4. How did the prophecy at Daniel 9:24, 25 come true?
3 Many years later, John the Baptist started his preaching work. Because of what he said and did, some people began to think that maybe he was the Messiah. (Read Luke 3:15.) But in the Bible, there is a prophecy that talks about 70 weeks, and it helped people to know when the Messiah would appear. The prophecy says: “There are seventy weeks that have been determined upon your people . . . From the going forth of the word to restore and to rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Leader, there will be seven weeks, also sixty-two weeks.” (Daniel 9:24, 25) Bible experts agree that these are not weeks of days but weeks of years. So each of these weeks is seven years long. The Revised Standard Version Bible says at Daniel 9:24: “Seventy weeks of years are decreed.”
4 Today, Jehovah’s people understand that the 69 weeks of Daniel 9:25 are equal to 483 years and that they began in the year 455 before Christ. This was when King Artaxerxes of Persia told Nehemiah to repair and rebuild Jerusalem. (Nehemiah 2:1-8) Those 483 years ended in the year 29 when Jesus was baptized. At that time, Jehovah anointed him with holy spirit and he became the Messiah.—Matthew 3:13-17.*—See footnote.
5. What prophecies are we going to learn about?
5 In the Bible, there are many other prophecies about the Messiah. We will learn about some of them in this article. They are prophecies about his birth, his life as a child and as an adult, and his ministry. We will learn about how these prophecies came true during the life of Jesus. This will make our faith in the Bible stronger and also prove that Jesus was the Messiah whom people were waiting for.