Oh my, how lost can some people be? Please read Will Hodges’ words above (which were posted publicly on Facebook), and then read our response to his accusations – assertions that prove that he doesn’t have a clue about God’s Word!
First of all, YHWH didn’t “arrange for the murder of his own son.” Our all-knowing, all-seeing ELOHIM already KNEW how humanity would react to the teachings of His Son! He KNEW they would kill him … and the thing is, he HAD to die to become our atonement. He MARTYRED himself, against which there is no law! (See our blog article which explains: https://blog.therefinersfire.org/2018/12/challenging-counter-missionary-argument.html)
Mr. Hodges doesn’t think “the Hebrew scriptures” foreshadows the death, burial and resurrection? Hmmm. In that case, one has to wonder what these passages are all about:
Concerning the death of Messiah, check out Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53. Psalm 22 is especially remarkable since it predicted numerous separate elements about Yeshua’s crucifixion a thousand years before he was crucified. Here are some examples (and please don’t try to tell us that anyone else besides Yeshua has EVER fulfilled all those Messianic prophecies, because we ALL know that's not true!)…
Messiah will have His hands and His feet “pierced” through (Psalm 22:16; John 20:25). His bones will not be broken (a person’s legs were usually broken after being crucified to speed up their death) (Psalm 22:17; John 19:33). Lots would be cast for Messiah’s clothing (Psalm 22:18; Matthew 27:35).
Isaiah 53, the classic messianic prophecy known as the “Suffering Servant” prophecy, perfectly details the death of Messiah for the sins of His people. More than 700 years before Yeshua’s birth, Isaiah provided details of His life and death!
Messiah would be rejected (Isaiah 53:3; Luke 13:34); killed as a vicarious sacrifice for the sins of His people (Isaiah 53:5–9; 2 Corinthians 5:21) – all the while, he would be silent in front of His accusers (Isaiah 53:7; 1 Peter 2:23). Messiah would be buried with the rich (Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 27:57–60), and with him at his death would be criminals (Isaiah 53:12; Mark 15:27).
King David wrote about the Resurrection in Psalm 16, which was also written a millennium before the birth of Yeshua: “For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay”...
On Shavuot (Weeks or Pentecost), when Peter preached the first gospel sermon, he boldly asserted that God had raised Yeshua from the dead (Acts 2:24)., and then explained that God had performed this miraculous deed in fulfillment of David's prophecy in Psalm 16.
Matter of fact, Peter quoted the words of David in detail as contained in Psalm 16:8–11. A few years later, Paul did the same thing when he spoke to the Jewish community in Antioch, when he declared that ELOHIM had raised Messiah from the dead in fulfillment of Psalm 16:10 (Acts 13:33–35).
Returning to Isaiah 53: After prophesying that the Suffering Servant would suffer for the sins of God’s people, the prophet says he would then be “cut off out of the land of the living.” However, Isaiah then stated that Messiah “will see His offspring” and that the Father will “prolong his days” (Isaiah 53:5, 8, 10) ... offspring not referring to children, but spiritual offspring, which we Believers are!.
Isaiah then proceeded to reaffirm the promise of the resurrection in different words: “As a result of the anguish of His soul, he will see light and be satisfied” (Isaiah 53:11).
Every aspect of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Messiah Yeshua WERE prophesied in the Hebrew Scriptures long before the events ever unfolded in the timeline of human history!
No wonder Messiah would say to the Jewish religious leaders of His day:
John 5:39. Search the Scriptures, because in them you think you have that life that is eternal, and they testify concerning me. 40. And you do not desire to come to me, that you may have that life that is eternal. 41. I do not receive praise from the sons of men. 42. But I know you that the love of Elohim is not there in you!
43. I have come in the name of my Father, and you have not received me. Yet, if another should come in his own name, you will receive him. 44. How are you able to believe, who receive praise from one to another, and yet the One that is from Elohim you do not seek? 45. Why? Do you think I will accuse you before the Father? The one who will accuse you is Moshe, in whom you place your hope.
46. For if only you had believed in Moshe, you would also be believers in me, for Moshe wrote concerning me. 47. And, if you do not believe the writings of that man, how will you believe my words? (AENT)
 All forms of science and religion have a “Messiah” and “priesthood.” A “name” carries authority, or “branding” just as a university awards degrees in its “name”. Honor and recognition by the faculty or “priesthood” extends the use of the “name” to its “disciples.”
Y’shua comes in his Father’s Name; mankind struggles to distinguish the Name of YHWH, versus the name of man. Most who practice Judaism or Christianity know that Yahweh is the Personal Name of the Creator of the Universe, yet most prefer to follow religious traditions about His Name.
Rabbinical authorities have long established a ban on verbalizing the Name of YHWH, they’ve invented the title “HaShem” to replace YHWH’s Name. Christians say, “the LORD”. In such cases religious traditions come in “their own name” the followers of these two religions have accepted longstanding religious traditions against the Word of YHWH. By usurping authority over Scripture, religion sends followers out “in the name” of their religion.
So, yes, Yeshua (Jesus) WAS innocent! That was actually part of the whole point. This guy should actually read the Tanakh…
YHWH (God) did not "arrange for the murder of his own son"! He sent a part of himself (redeemer) as a blood redemption just as he did for Abraham when he sent a ram to be slain instead of Issac. Again, this guy should actually read the Tanakh.
Yes, murder is a crime. (Buzzers and bells sound, the guy got one right!) But think about this: The point is missed entirely. He does not see that even Pilate, the Roman pagan, understood that Yeshua's blood was "on their hands"; he said "My hands are clean of this man's blood; it's your responsibility."
So, legally (Roman law was the rule), Pilate (not “Pilot”!) gave the authority to the frenzied crowd, led by the Jewish cohanim, to slay the Messiah. Thus the prophecy was fulfilled.
Sadly, and again, this guy should actually read the Tanakh.