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"But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause." John 15:25




Subject Prophecy Fulfillment
The Messiah would be despised. Isaiah 49:7 John 10:20
The Messiah would be despised. Zechariah 11:8b Matthew 27:20
The Messiah would be despised. Isaiah 53:3a Luke 4:28-29
The Messiah would be hated by many without cause. Psalm 69:4 Luke 23:13-22
Political and religious leaders would conspire against the Messiah. Psalm 2:2 Matthew 26:3-4
The Messiah would be despised. Psalm 22:6 Luke 23:21-23



The Messiah would be despised.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Isaiah 49:7
"Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee."
John 10:20
"And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?"

Matthew 27:22
"Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified."

More Prophecies From This Book Additional Fulfillment Examples
Mark 6:3,  Luke 4:28-29,  6:11,  23:18-23,  John 5:16,  7:7

The Messiah would be despised.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Zechariah 11:8b
"Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me."
Matthew 27:20
"But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus."

Matthew 26:3-4
" 3 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 4 And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him."

More Prophecies From This Book Additional Fulfillment Examples
Matthew 9:34,  12:14,  12:24,  16:21,  26:59,  26:65,  27:1,  27:20-22,  27:41-43,  Mark 3:6,  3:22,  3:28-30,  6:3,  11:18,  15:11,  15:31-32,  Luke 4:28-29,  5:21,  6:11,  11:15,  16:14,  19:47,  20:1-2,  22:3-5,  23:13-23,  23:35,  24:19-20,  John 5:16-18,  7:7,  7:20,  8:52,  9:30-34,  10:20,  10:33,  11:47-48,  18:22,  19:6,  19:12-15
Notes

Some Bible commentators note that while the English translation seems to indicate that it is the three shepherds that the Good Shepherd is weary of, the actual Hebrew implies that it is the "flock," and not the three shepherds that is being referenced (this is further supported by the fact that verse 9, speaking of the flock, develops progressively from verse 8). 1  The leaders of Israel were not the only ones guilty of rejecting the good shepherd, the people, the "flock," also turned from Him. Ultimately we are all responsible for our individual actions and choices. Though Jesus was joyously received by many upon His entrance to Jerusalem on what is now referred to as "Palm Sunday," by the end of the week He was abandoned, rejected, and put to death. The word "abhorred" (loathed) comes from the Hebrew "bachal," and implies "nausea." The people had total distain for the good shepherd. " 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." (John 1:4-5)

1. "Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Bible"

The Messiah would be despised.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Isaiah 53:3a
"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not."
Luke 4:28-29
" 28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong."
More Prophecies From This Book Additional Fulfillment Examples
Matthew 27:22,  Mark 6:3,  Luke 6:11,  John 5:16,  7:7,  8:52,  10:20

The Messiah would be hated by many without cause.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Psalm 69:4
"They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away."
Luke 23:13-22
" 13 And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people. 14 Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people; and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him: 15 No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him. ... 21 But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him."

John 15:24-25
" 24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause."

More Prophecies From This Book Additional Fulfillment Examples
Matthew 27:15-25,  Mark 15:6-15,  John 19:6

Political and religious leaders would conspire against the Messiah.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Psalm 2:2
"The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,"
Matthew 26:3-4
" 3 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 4 And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him."

Mark 3:6
"And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him."

More Prophecies From This Book Additional Fulfillment Examples
Matthew 12:14,  26:59,  27:1,  Mark 11:18,  Luke 6:11,  19:47,  22:4,  23:13-14,  24:19-20,  John 11:47-51,  Acts 4:25-28
Notes

The highest ruling body and court of justice of the Jews in Jesus' time were the Sanhedrin. The Sanhedrin included the Sadducees, sometimes referred to as "chief priests" and "elders," and the Pharisees, referred to as "scribes." These groups were both religious and political parties. The Sanhedrin were sometimes referred to as "rulers" as in Luke 24:20. Caiaphas and Annas were high priests of the Sanhedrin. Since the office of high priest was for life, many Jews still recognized Annas as the "official" high priest, even though the his son-in-law Caiaphas had been appointed to that position by the Romans. The Pharisees had significant influence and authority, as shown in John 7:45-49 and John 12:42. The Heriodians were Jews of high stature and authority who had allegiance to Greek customs and Romans law. The word "kings" from the Hebrew "melek" which means "king," can also refer to officials of many different levels. Like much of Psalm 2, this prophecy has multiple fulfillment - in Jesus' first coming, as well as his second.

The Messiah would be despised.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Psalm 22:6
"But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people."
Luke 23:21-23
" 21 But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. 22 And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go. 23 And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed."
More Prophecies From This Book Additional Fulfillment Examples
Matthew 12:14,  Luke 6:11,  16:14,  John 7:7,  19:6
Notes

Reference Isaiah 49:7, "Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, ..." and Isaiah 53:3; "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not."