Friday, January 14, 2011

Aaronic Blessing - Hebrew

Y'va-reh-ch'cha Adonai v'yeesh-m'reh-cha, Ya-air Adonai pa-nahv ay-leh-cha vee-choo-neh-ka, Yee-sa Adonai pa-nahv ay-leh-cha v'ya-same l'cha Shalom.

In English
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.


Watch this sh
ort video explaining the Jewish understanding of Isaiah 53.


Chosen People Ministries has focused on Isaiah 53 because it believes this passage is one of its most powerful proof-texts. When read out-of-context and mistranslated, Isaiah 53 gives the impression of a prophecy describing the suffering and death of the messiah, specifically Jesus dying for our sins.
This Christian interpretation is absolutely incorrect for several good reasons. Isaiah commonly uses familiar metaphors and often speaks of the people of Israel as a single individual referred to as the Servant of God. Moreover in nine previous  passages, Isaiah identifies the Servant to be  Israel, as we see in Isaiah 41:8  “Israel is my Servant…” and Isaiah 43:10 “You are My witnesses says the Lord, and My Servant whom I have chosen…”
Chapters 52-53 describe the reaction of the nations of the world when they witness the future and ultimate redemption of the Jewish people.
Initially, the nations viewed the Jewish people scornfully and considered them to be rejected by God and deserving of suffering and His divine punishment. Isaiah states that in the future, the nations will be shocked and dumbfounded when they witness God’s unexpected and glorious redemption of the Jewish people.
The nations will then contrast their new realization of Israel’s grandeur with their previous beliefs. Ultimately, they will conclude that the Jews were not rejected by God, but in fact, they suffered from the unjustified and disproportionate persecution inflicted upon them by the nations of the world.
To validate their biased misinterpretation, missionaries intentionally avoid mention of a critical fact. In Isaiah 53:5, they deliberately mistranslate the word “from” as“for”, andthereby claim that the Servant will suffer for the sins of the Jewish people. In fact, the verse says that the nations of the world will actually admit that Israel – the Servant of God – “was wounded from our transgressions, bruisedfrom our iniquities.” In the original Hebrew, the letter “מ – mem” which serves as the prefix to the words “transgressions” and “iniquities” means “from”, not “for.”Therefore, this verse cannot be read as supporting the Christian view that the Servant, namely Jesus, suffers for the sins of the world.
In fact, many Christian commentaries including the New English Bible: Oxford Study EditionThe New Interpreters Study Bible and The Harper Collins Study Bible agree with the Jewish interpretation of Isaiah 53. For example, the Oxford Study Edition states, “Israel, the servant of God, has suffered as a humiliated individual.”



  1. Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
    yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
    5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
    the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
    6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
    and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

    If "he" is Israel please tell me who "us" is, who "our" and "we" refer to. You can't take one verse out of context and build a theology you need to read the entire chapter to see what it means. "The punishment that brought US peace was on HIM and by HIS wounds WE are healed." This passage makes no sense whatsoever if "HE" and "US" are the same people.

    1. Well said Monteiro! God bless you!

    2. It is about more then the Jewish people. It is about our Messiah and how much Adonai loves us that He gave us away the Only Way because there is NO OTHER WAY to get to heaven but through Him. He paid the price for our sins, He was beaten, spit on and hung so that we are free no longer a slave to sin. There is no Jew or Gentile we are all one in Yeshua HaMashiach

    3. It is about more then the Jewish people. It is about our Messiah and how much Adonai loves us that He gave us away the Only Way because there is NO OTHER WAY to get to heaven but through Him. He paid the price for our sins, He was beaten, spit on and hung so that we are free no longer a slave to sin. There is no Jew or Gentile we are all one in Yeshua HaMashiach

    4. Crystal and Monteiro, you are right,("You can't take one verse out of context and build a theology you need to read the entire chapter") and the chapters before it and after...

      "As it turns out, if you are not thoroughly familiar the chapters that precede it, this text can appear quite puzzling. Let it be said once and for all: These passages were never meant to be confusing or mysterious. The prophet presupposed, however, that the reader of Isaiah 53 is already familiar with the chapters that introduce it.

      Never lose sight of this point: If a verse can be understood in more than one way, what is the correct rendering? One that is in agreement with the rest of the Hebrew Scriptures. If a person ignores vital portions of the immediate context of a passage, and builds his belief around a favorite rendering of a particular text, then what he believes really reflects, not the Word of God, but rather his own ideas, and perhaps those of another imperfect human.

      Students of the Bible who explore the last 27 chapters of the Book of Isaiah grasp the identity of the “Suffering Servant.” These stirring chapters triumphantly reveal God’s sovereign plan for His “servant Israel” (Isaiah 41:8-9; 43:10-11; 44:1; 44:21; 45:4; 48:20; 49:3). Israel’s neighbors will be dumbfounded by the startling events that unfold during the messianic age. These events will not go unnoticed. Together, they will comprehend that their age-old assessment of the Jew was wrong.

      Isaiah 53 is the last of four powerful and inspiring Servant Songs. The identity of the servant is clearly established as the nation of Israel throughout the first three Servant Songs, which begin in chapter 41.

      As it turns out, we are introduced to different speakers in these famed passages: God and the gentile kings of nations (the astonished gentiles). Each is expressing, from a very different perspective, why the servant of God, the humiliated and battered Jews, suffered so much during their long bitter exile. Understandably, gentiles and God do not have the identical outlook of this striking phenomenon. To be clear, God/Isaiah is speaking in Isaiah 52:13-15. The astonished kings of nations are alone speaking in Isaiah 53:1-8. God resumes speaking in Isaiah 53:9-12. If you grasp the breakdown of these passages, this timeless, crystalline chapter comes into view in full color."

      Let’s break down these oracles. Read more:

    5. Monteiro, do you not know the people Israel at the present time are persecuted and oppressed, despised, harassed, overcome by afflictions? Only through eisegesis is one able to conclude otherwise.

      Let's take the pierced, crushed and wounds. For a sacrifice to be acceptable it must be WITHOUT BLEMISH? Not only that but, Easter/Passover had absolutely nothing to do with sin. Read the chapters before Isaiah 53 and after.

      Jewish scripture in Isaiah 52:13 through Isaiah 53:12 describes the servant of the Lord as the Nation of Israel itself: “My Servant…” (Isaiah 53:11), “…a man of pains and accustomed to illness…” (Isaiah 53:3). “The theme of Isaiah is jubilation, a song of celebration at the imminent end of the Babylonian Captivity”. Judaism sees this passage, especially “God’s Suffering Servant”, being written over 2500 years before nowadays, without a reference to the king Mashiach. Jewish teaching also does take note of the historical CONTEXT in which God’s Suffering Servant appears, particularly because it speaks in the PAST TENSE. The Jewish nation has borne unspeakable injustices, under Assyria, Babylonia, Ancient Greece, ancient Rome, Nazi Germany, which are all gone, and bears persecution and targeted mission to this day. Jewish scripture in Isaiah speaks in the light, when it says:

      “Israel is my Servant…” (41:8)

      “You are My witnesses says the Lord, and My Servant whom I have chosen…” (43:10)

      “For he was cut off from the land of the living; because of the transgression of My people, a plague befell them.…” (53:8) [THEM]

      “My servant would vindicate the just for many, and their iniquities he would bear…”(53:11)

      CONTEXT dispels false doctrines.

    6. The actual prophecies about the Jewish Moshiach

      The actual prophecies about the Jewish Moshiach are focused on the fulfilled promises that will mark the era and age of his coming not on the Moshiach himself as his role is in leading people into the proper worship and glorification of G-d alone .
      * The Sanhedrin will be re-established (Isaiah 1:26)
      * Once he is king, leaders of other nations will look to him for guidance. (Isaiah 2:4)
      * The whole world will worship the One G-d of Y’srael (Isaiah 2:17)
      * He will be descended from King David (Isaiah 11:1) via King Solomon (1 Chron. 22:8-10)
      * The Moshiach will be a man of this world, an observant Jew with “fear of G-d” (Isaiah 11:2)
      *****In other words – this must all be accomplished in a human lifetime*****
      * Evil and tyranny will not be able to stand before his leadership (Isaiah 11:4)
      * Knowledge of G-d will fill the world (Isaiah 11:9)
      * He will include and attract people from all cultures and nations (Isaiah 11:10)
      * All Israelites will be returned to their homeland (Isaiah 11:12)
      * Death will be swallowed up forever (Isaiah 25:8)
      * There will be no more hunger or illness, and death will cease (Isaiah 25:8)
      * All of the dead will rise again (Isaiah 26:19)
      * The Jewish people will experience eternal joy and gladness (Isaiah 51:11)
      * He will be a messenger of peace (Isaiah 52:7)
      * Nations will end up recognizing the wrongs they did to Israel (Isaiah 52:13-53:5)
      * The peoples of the world will turn to the Jews for spiritual guidance (Zechariah 8:23)
      * The ruined cities of Y’srael will be restored (Ezekiel 16:55)
      * Weapons of war will be destroyed (Ezekiel 39:9)
      * The Temple will be rebuilt (Ezekiel 40) resuming many of the suspended mitzvot
      * He will then perfect the entire world to serve G-d together (Zephaniah 3:9)
      * Jews will know the Torah without Study (Jeremiah 31:33)
      * He will give you all the desires of your heart (Psalms 37:4)
      * He will take the barren land and make it abundant and fruitful (Isaiah 51:3, Amos 9:13-15, Ezekiel 36:29-30, Isaiah 11:6-9).

    7. 'He' is the Christ. The plural pronouns refer to mankind in general. The Christ is the unique sacrifice that The Father made to atone for the sins of all persons anywhere who would acknowledge the 'Gift' of atonement. The Father foreknew that the Temple would be destroyed and when it would be destroyed. He would never abandon His people without hope of redemption/atonement. So, He made this offering of His Christ knowing that after the Temple was gone there would be no place on earth where a sacrifice for atonement of sin could be made without incurring another sin (that of offering a sacrifice in a non-authorized place). All that is necessary is admit that Father G-d knew what He was doing and that He did for our benefit. If you can accept this, you can be saved.

  2. how can a website call itself 'the branches' but deny the root?

    if the he and the his in Isaiah 53 is the jewish people, well then Yeshayahu is a false prophet.

    verse 9 ....nor was deceit in His mouth.....

    what are these books we have which are higher than the torah?

    a bunch of rabbinical lies??

  3. OF course if Isaiah 53 does not refer to Messiah Y'Shua, one is constrained the crucifixion vision of David in Psalm 22:1-18 and the "look on me whom they have PIERCED" in Zech. 12:10. Blessings and Shalom, John Donahue, M. Div. Candidate

  4. More evidence that Messiah is Y'Shua Jesus can be found in Daniel 9:26 where we are told that after 69 weeks of years from a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem (which can only be 444/445 BC per Neh. 2:1-9), Messiah will be "cut off" (killed). Correcting for the Jewish lunar calendar, this works out to be between AD 31-33. Know anyone claiming to be Messiah who was "cut off" around that time? -- Blessings and Shalom, John Donahue, M. Div. Candidate

  5. I pray for Elohim to remove the scales from all eyes so the the whole earth may behold the revelation of the true descendents of Father Abraham so that the sons of Satan may be exposed. Hallelujah Yeshua lives!!!