Hinei El Yeshuati – A Reflection on King Messiah

 הִנֵּה אֵל יְשׁוּעָתִי, אֶבְטַח וְלֹא אֶפְחָד,

כִּי עָזִּי וְזִמְרָת יָהּ יְיָ, וַיְהִי לִי לִישׁוּעָה

Hinei El yeshuati, evtach velo efchad,

ki ozi vezimrat yah, Adonai vayehili liyeshuah.

On Saturday night with these powerful words we begin the Havdalah service to conclude Shabbat.

In this phrase from the Prophet Isaiah we conclude our experience of Shabbat, a foretaste of the Messianic kingdom, by firstly acknowledging that it is God that is “yeshuati” (my salvation).

It is no mistake that the One to fully embody God’s salvation work was named Yeshua, even Him who is our righteous Messiah.

The One in whom God’s hand so mightily dwelt, the One in whom God’s love was manifest so completely within the created order was the very One, who was named Yeshua, God’s Redeemer, our Messiah, as Yochanan would say:

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory” (Yochanan 1:14)

This is the greatest thing about Messianic Judaism, we know the Messiah.

He is not just one that we pray about and long for (of which we should earnestly await His glorious return), but we have the reality, the very indwelling experience of our Messiah in our midst.

Rather than as a figure of speculation, as among others longing for Messiah, we know who the Messiah is and we today can live in the new life that only He provides as the very agent of God’s salvation.

We can live now basking in the knowledge that the long awaited Messiah has come and He will return to rule and reign as is His due, because He is the great Son of David and the One to take the eternal throne as King Messiah and Lord of Lords.

This is the Messiah that fully enlivens us as MESSIANIC JUDAISM.

He is Yeshua, our living and coming King Messiah.

May we live in the reality of Yeshua in our midst and may we make Him known by living lives of devotion to God and walking in the way of Torah.