July 1: Redemption and salvation

We’ve been studying the word “atonement” as the basis of our relationship with God. There is another important Hebrew word that is crucial in this relationship: salvation. Christians usually use the word only in the sense of affect of our atonement. But in the Hebrew it has a much broader meaning.

Psalm 18: 1-6

I will love You, O Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;

My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;

My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

“Salvation is used here as a noun… יִשְׁעִ and it comes from the root [יָשַׁע]. Hebrew is a picturesque language. The following verses give us the picture of salvation….”being delivered, rescued” from distress. One could say that “salvation” gives us room to breathe.”

I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;

So shall I be saved from my enemies.

The pangs of death surrounded me,

And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.

The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me;

The snares of death confronted me.

In my distress I called upon the Lord,

And cried out to my God;

He heard my voice from His temple,

And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.

The Psalmist’s cry has been heard. His praise gives us a hint of Yeshua, God becoming flesh and dwelling among us. Furthermore, Yeshua is the Hebrew form of “Jesus” and is obviously rooted in the same יִשְׁעִ

Psalm 18:16-19

He sent from above, He took me;

He drew me out of many waters.

He delivered me from my strong enemy,

From those who hated me,

For they were too strong for me.

They confronted me in the day of my calamity,

But the Lord was my support.

He also brought me out into a broad place;

He delivered me because He delighted in me.


The Knesset, seat of Israel's government.
The Knesset, seat of Israel’s government.

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