Some might reason that the resurrection is a thing of the New Testament that points straightforwardly only to Messiah Yeshua; however, if we consider after carefully reading the entire Bible (from Genesis to Revelations), any Bible enthusiast can conclude...
* that since the beginning of time, the Heavenly Father has been preserving mankind from mortal danger;
* Yahweh had a common practice of raising people from the grave;
* raising the dead from the grave is NOT limited to Messiah Yeshua as some suppose.
A lot of people may not know this, but I'm going to ask anyway. Who was the first person to have given life when life itself was absent from his body? Well, the Bible says, "Then Yahweh Elohim formed Adam from the dust of the ground. [Yahweh] breathed the breath of life into Adam’s nostrils, and Adam became a living person" (Genesis 2:7, NLT). Adam's body had no life. Adam wasn't completely unaware of his surroundings; yet, Yahweh gave Adam life. Yahweh literally rose Adam from the grave and introduced Adam to the light of life.
Think about that one. The Bible introduces its readers with the idea that the Heavenly Father is capable of, not just creating life but, raising the dead from the grave. This is not a New Testament thing! It's a biblical concept that the prophets of old believed in and spoke about time and time again. According to Job, the resurrection is something that Yahweh have repeatedly done in a number of instances!
This, Adam being raised from the grave, wasn't the first time that the Bible introduces its readers with the idea that the Heavenly Father is capable of doing such a deed. In fact, the Hebrew Bible is filled with such amazing convictions! King David himself said, "For you [Yahweh] will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption" (Psalm 16:10). Yes, there are those who might argue that King David was only prophesying about Yeshua's resurrection from the grave; however, King David himself believed that just as Yahweh was capable of raising Adam from his lifeless condition upon the dust of the earth to later be introduced to the light of life, so too Yahweh was capable of raising King David from the grave so that King David might enjoy life! King David admitted to his belief in the resurrection with much conviction so much so that his confession paved the way as a prophetic message that foretold of what Yahweh was going to do in Yeshua's life!
But, did Yahweh raise other Old Testament saints from the grave? Of course! Through Elijah The Prophet, Yahweh brought the Widow's Son back to life from the grave (1 Kings 17:21-22). Through Elisha The Prophet, Yahweh brought the Shunamite's Son back to life from the grave (2 Kings 4:35); his corpse touched the bones of the prophet and Shunamite's Son's life was restored to him! What for? Yahweh restored all of these people's lives so that they could enjoy the light of life.
Other than King David, did Old Testament Bible writers actually believe that the dead was able to regain life? Most definitely. Consider the words of Isaiah The Prophet. He penned, "But those who die in Yahweh will live; their bodies will rise again! Those who sleep in the earth will rise up and sing for joy! For your life-giving light will fall like dew on your people in the place of the dead!" (Isaiah 26:19, NLT). The New Testament reiterates this idea: "Women received their loved ones back again from death. But others were tortured, refusing to turn from Yahweh in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection" (Hebrews 11:35, NLT).
Now, some may wonder, "Hillel, why do you believe that Yeshua was raised from the grave?" To that, I'd have to say, "I believe that Yahweh is capable of raising the dead. It's something that he tends do! Not only does he safeguard mankind from life threatening injuries and situations, he also restores mankind's life."
So, what does this mean to you who believe that Yahweh can raise the dead from the grave? Well, the Bible promises of raising our loved ones from the grave. Yahweh promises to restore the life of those who trust in him so that they may enjoy life, and enjoy it abundantly. This is what Yeshua said, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (John 10:10b, NKJV). Just like Yahweh used the prophets of old to raise the dead, Yahweh appointed Messiah with the ability to raise the dead from the grave hence the reason why so many of us are waiting for Messiah to come:
"16 For the Lord (i.e., Yeshua) Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with Yahweh's trumpet, and the dead in Messiah will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord (i.e., Yeshua) in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, NASB).
Belief in the resurrection is not a New Testament thing. It's actually one of the first things that the Bible introduces its readers to. Most biblical authors speak about the resurrection! It just so happens that many of us haven't taken the time to read the Bible, contemplate on it and realize, "Hey, they've all been saying this all along!" It's something that Yahweh has been doing again and again. It's something that we can look forward to. The resurrection is a belief that has been around for thousands of years, a hope that many throughout countless generations look forward to enjoy. It just so happens that I believe that Yahweh chose Messiah as his agent to raise the dead from the grave.
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