Theological question on FB: “Where is the command in the Hebrew Tanakh (ot) to believe in J-s death (human sacrifice) for salvation and forgiveness of sin?”
Though Isaiah (Ch. 53) and the Psalmist (Ch. 22) prophesied about the atoning death of Messiah, the Covenant of Law does NOT offer or provide regenerative atonement for sin as the Law of Moses/the Sinai Commandments only defines sin and condemns the soul (Romans 3:20) and this is why David, having attained righteousness through faith (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22), noted that his soul would be relegated to Sheol (Paradise) and that the Holy One (Yeshua) would not suffer decay.You see, everyone from Adam until Messiah’s atoning sacrifice on the Cross, no one could enter the Kingdom of God because sin minus atonement can never enter the Kingdom (Revelation 21:27); therefore, those who had found righteousness (a right standing) with God the Father through their “faith” during the Old Testament dispensation, they were forced to await Messiah’s atonement before they could be released from Sheol-Paradise and enter the Kingdom (Luke 16).
Even the thief on the Cross that expressed faith in Yeshua was told by Messiah that he would be with Him in “paradise” that very day subsequent to their death as Yeshua descended into Hades-Sheol/Paradise and preached liberty to the Old Testament captives there and subsequently escorted them into the Kingdom while His body of flesh laid in the tomb yet said body did not suffer decay but was resurrected as prophesied by David.
It is written concerning “Paradise,”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!” 43 And Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” 44 It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over all the land until the ninth hour.… Luke 23:42-44
It is written concerning Messiah in Isaiah,
For you said, “We have made a covenant with death; we have fashioned an agreement with Sheol. When the overwhelming scourge passes through it will not touch us, because we have made lies our refuge and falsehood our hiding place.” 16 So this is what the Lord GOD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; the one who believes will never be shaken. 17 I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the level. Hail will sweep away your refuge of lies, and water will flood your hiding place.… Isaiah 28:14-17
The Psalmist declares,
The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. Psalm 118:22