Psalm 118 is an important portion of Scripture. It is part of the Hallel in the Book of Tehilim (Psalms). It goes from Psalm 113 to Psalm 118. This prayer is sung during the three Festvals ( Pesakh, Shavuot and Sukkot)-and also during Rosh Hodech (new moon) and the days of Hannukah.
The New Testament mentions Yeshua and His disciples singing the Hallel before Pesakh. Psalm 118, when examined in Hebrew, is reinforced in its very Messianic dimension. Interestingly, the Name Yeshua appears three times here. The Psalm also prophecies about our Messiah’s rejection. The rejected Maschiach has become the cornerstone ( rosh pina) .
The three occurences of Yeshua’s Name in Psalm 118
For some obvious reasons of clarity and Hebrew cultural heritage, I’ve chosen the OJB ( Orthodox Jewish Bible) translation.
Yeshua first appears in the context of the righteous person being harrassed by numerous enemies. Yeshua is described as the personal rescuer in verse 14:
עָזִּי וְזִמְרָת יָהּ; וַיְהִי-לִי, לִישׁוּעָה
Hashem is my oz (strength) and zimrah (song) and He has become my Yeshua.
Please also note that the Name Yeshua is written here in its plain form : ישׁוּעָה. The letter ה us of importance. ה symbolizes the breath of life.
The second occurence of the Name Yeshua appears in the following verse. If we are daring enough to replace “Salvation” by Yeshua, here is what we are obtaining:
The voice of rejoicing and Yeshua is in the ohalim ( tents) of the tzaddikim ( righteous).
Yeshua’s place of residence is in the tent of the righteous.
קוֹל, רִנָּה וִישׁוּעָה–בְּאָהֳלֵי צַדִּיקִים; יְמִין יְהוָה, עֹשָׂה חָיִל
Finally, verse 21 projects Yeshua in praise in an answered prayer:
אוֹדְךָ, כִּי עֲנִיתָנִי; וַתְּהִי-לִי, לִישׁוּעָה
I will praise you because you answered my prayer and you have become my Yeshua ( my personal Savior).
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone (rosh pina)
אֶבֶן, מָאֲסוּ הַבּוֹנִים– הָיְתָה, לְרֹאשׁ פִּנָּה
Interestingly, verse 22 carries the very prophetic message of the Messiah’s rejection.
One has to remember ( as an invitation to humilty) that the rejection of Maschiach ben Yosef happened for the sake of the nations’ Salvation. In many ways, Yeshua’s Suffering has been a stumbling stone to many Jewish people who expected the glorious Maschiach Ben David straight away.
Maschiach ben Yosef is hard to understand unless one has some clear insights about Hashem’s Salvation plan.
Many people missed Yeshua’s first coming. Some of them were Scripture-savvy.
But NOW is the time for eyes to recover from their former blindness. Israel will rejoice in Yeshua the Messiah as the fulfilling of the Torah’s promises. Tongues will profess again ” Baruch ha ba b’Shem Adonai.” Then Maschiach ben David will return in glory.
Make sure to keep humble before His eyes, so you will be able to recognize Him and rejoice will all children of light when He returns.
Come soon Lord Yeshua. Come and restore peace where the enemy is destoying souls intentionally.
I will praise your Name, Yeshua Messiah of Israel and of the Nations. I will lift up your Name and sing your loving kindness for ever and ever. Amen.
Listen to Psalm 118 in Hebrew here.
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