And Hosea prophecies earlier that the Lord shall Trample down Death:
"I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes."-Hosea 13:14
I looked this one up, but it seems to be referring more to the punishment of the tribe of Ephraim. I think this one's a bit iffy.
Christians believe in double-prophecy, that a prophecy may be fulfilled in part once and then in full later. I chose the above passage from Hosea because St. Paul makes the reference in the First Epistle to the Corinthians: "But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP' in victory. “O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?" 1st Corinthians 15:54-55. Thus I considered it a decisively "Orthodox" reference. I am not trying to "force" the prophecy interpretation on you, but I happen to believe it
I'm more comfortable accepting Wisdom of Solomon 2:23-24. It confirms a strictly Jewish message that I learned reading the New Testament. This is definitely confirmation for me that Christianity is Jewish in its message... or Eastern Orthodoxy is anyway.
Thank you for directing me to these. I think the majority of these are much better than the ones that I've gotten from Protestants. And seeing the mission of Jesus spelled out completely in the Wisdom of Solomon only lends more credibility, imho, to Jesus become some kind of a Savior, if not the Jewish Messiah.
I am so glad that I was able to be of help to you. I would like to clarify a few things so as not to deceive you through silence.
1.Orthodoxy affirms that Jesus Christ (Christos being the Greek word used to denote Messiah) is the Messiah expected in the Old Testament. Prophecies that are unfulfilled for the Messiah will be fulfilled in the second coming of Jesus Christ.
2.Orthodoxy does not deny the Messiah prophecies which refer to sacrifice, "blood"-- comparison with the passover lamb-- these are true prophecies of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Penal Substitutionary Atonement is a dastardly theory propagated in the West because of theological errors and medieval barbarian and latin judicial language. The notion that the Father is bound by a human concept of justice, and thus demanded sin payment in the form of a dead/tormented innocent man is foreign to Orthodoxy. The passover lamb is viewed as a "type" that was fulfilled in Jesus Christ, and it does not shy away from language involving sacrifice or blood; in the Eastern/Orthodox view this is not a contradiction. Why?
Because the Triune God sacrificed Himself FOR the redemption of Mankind. The Triune God did not sacrifice Himself to appease His own wrath. The saving work of Christ did not change God's view of us, because God is revealed to be unchanging infinite love. Instead it healed the gap we ourselves had placed between God and Man, and redeemed mankind thus. Christ became man, thus beginning his Recapitulating Saving work; He grabbed humanity by the arm, dragged him down into Hades (Sheol), harrowed the bonds of Hades, and pulled him forth from the tomb, a new creation:
Christ is risen from the dead,
Trampling down death by death,
And upon those in the tombs,
It will take a while to be able to look at these prophecies, at this language of sacrifice, and not see Penal Substitution. It will take an entire shift of one's world view. The entire purpose, significance, and result of sacrifice is different in Orthodoxy vs. Penal Substitution theory.
But it's worth it a thousand times, as you're already realizing. If you haven't already, read about the doctrine of Recapitulation. You might also be interested in the story/works of the Archpriest James Bernstein, who was raised an Orthodox Jew, became a Protestant, and then found his way to Orthodoxy. He, like you, yearned for the fulfillment of a truly Jewish understanding of sacrifice, salvation, Divine Love and worship; he found it in the Orthodox Church.
I hope that helps, my friend!