Originally Posted by savafan
I think I said "probably", but you're correct. Of course the Jews of that time believed that the Messiah would come and overthrow the government and rule them like a king, but that wasn't really the plan.
And that has always been my objection to those who denied Christ's messiahship. They weren't really arguing from the Scriptures, they were arguing from the "messiah" they had created based on not understanding the Scriptures. I think he ripped the scribes and Pharisees a few times, and some are even recorded, for that very thing. And of course, as you pointed out, the misunderstanding continues. Sorry for the abrasive reply to your point.