While reading the Book of Sirach, my jaw dropped as I saw these words:
I turned every way, but there was no one to help me,
I looked for one to sustain me, but could find no one.
~ Sirach 51:7
Those words are a perfect match of these words:
…I looked, and there was none to help;
…I wondered that there was none to uphold:
~ Isaiah 63:5
A Clear Messianic Prophecy
In Isaiah 63:5, those words are a Messianic prophecy. That is, they are a prophecy about the coming Messiah of Israel, Jesus Christ. In fact, they are not only “about” him, they are spoken by him. So when I saw those same words in Sirach, it caught my attention– I was seeing yet another example of harmony between one of the seven books Protestantism has deleted from the Bible, and one of the 66 books that remain in it. While reading through these seven books, I have seen example after example of this harmony, after hearing for years from Protestant pastors that it didn’t exist.
Test All Things (Including Protestantism)
I do not believe that Protestant pastors intentionally suppress the truth about these precious books. The fact is, I believe that most Protestant pastors who malign these seven books have never even read them! These seven books were in the Septuagint, the Scriptures in use during the time of Jesus and the Apostles– yet neither Jesus nor the Apostles spoke one word against these books. These seven books remain in the Catholic and Orthodox Bibles to this day. Protestantism often accuses Catholicism of adding to the Word of God. The truth is that Protestantism has subtracted from the Word of God.
Let’s continue with Sirach.
Jesus, The Son Of God
As I continued reading Sirach, I saw this verse:
I called out: O Lord, you are my father… ~ Sirach 51:10
Hello??? First I see words in Sirach that perfectly match what the Son of God prophetically states in Isaiah 63:5. Then I see the speaker of those words in Sirach refer to God as his Father, just as Jesus referred to God in the Gospels.
He [Jesus] went away and prayed [to God], saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” ~ Matthew 26:42
In Sirach 51:10 as in Matthew 26:42, Jesus Christ (the Son) calls out to God (the Father).
Here’s what caught my eye next:
When I was young and innocent, I sought wisdom. ~ Sirach 51:13
Already suspecting that I was reading about Jesus, I thought back to the one time we know of in the life of Christ when he was young, but still old enough to seek wisdom. Sure, Jesus was young as a baby in the manger, but an infant is not cognizant to seek wisdom. The one time we know of when Jesus was young, but old enough to conscientiously seek wisdom was when he was twelve years old, and went to the Temple. I remembered from that account that the teachers were impressed by Jesus’ knowledge at that age, but I could not remember if anything in the account indicated that Jesus actively “sought wisdom” as Sirach 51:13 states. I looked up the account and found this:
… they [Mary and Joseph] found him [Jesus] in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Luke 2:46
Young Jesus was indeed seeking wisdom!
Later in his life, Jesus would have the guilt of the entire world laid upon him.
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:21
But when he was in the Temple at age twelve, Jesus was still “young and innocent,” exactly as foretold in the prophecy of Sirach 51:13.
Luke 2:46 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 are confirmations of (and elaborations upon) Sirach 51:13.
Did Jesus Go To Hell?
This is one that I’ve heard mixed teachings on over the years. There are Protestant Bible teachers who say he did, and there are Protestant Bible teachers who say he didn’t. Let’s look at a passage of Scripture in the Protestant Bible indicating that Jesus did in fact descend into hell at his death on the cross.
Now this, “He [Jesus] ascended” — what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? [hell] ~ Ephesians 4:9
Sirach Chapter 51 wholeheartedly supports Ephesians 4:9, and indicates that Jesus did in fact descend into hell.
From many a danger you have saved me, from flames that hemmed me in on every side; From the midst of unremitting fire, from the deep belly of the nether world… my soul was nearing the depths of the nether world… I turned every way, but there was no one to help me, I looked for one to sustain me, but could find no one. But then I remembered the mercies of the Lord… so I raised my voice from the very earth, from the gates of the nether world, my cry… thereupon the Lord heard my voice, he listened to my appeal… he saved me… ~ Sirach 51:3-12
The Bible is always proven true (even the parts that Protestantism has deleted).
Categories: Deuterocanonical ("Apocryphal") Books