Many times I’ve heard people say that the Ancient Jews were so well versed in Scripture. Yet, from reading the Gospels, I think they were probably asking themselves, “What? Where?” when Jesus said:
39Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
Unless Jesus opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, as He did the Apostles, they could not make the connections between the Old Testament Suffering Servant and the Messiah.
So, in a way, I feel sorry for them. Not all, but many, probably most of them, were sincerely following their faith. Then this guy shows up, performing miracles, doing signs and claiming He is God. But what does Scripture say to do with guys like that?
1If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
2And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 3Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, ….
5And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death;….
And that is what they did. They put Him to death on the Cross.