Word Nerd Wednesday – Messiah

Susan Mead joins us around My Messy Desk again this week to talk about why Jesus really came to earth and what His Name Messiah means.

Messiah. Hebrew and Greek differ slightly in the usage in the Bible, yet both mean anointed one. So let’s dive in deeper to this beautiful word – Messiah.messiah

In the Strong’s Concordance for the Hebrew word, it is 4899 – mashiach, meaning anointed. The Original Word in Hebrew is מָשִׁ֫יחַ. Want to know how to say mashiach? Phonetic Spelling is maw-shee’-akh.

In the NAS Exhaustive Concordance, the Word Origin is from mashach and means anointed.

In the NASB Translation, Anointed (capitalized) is used once, anointed (not capitalized) is found 34 times, anointed ones is used twice and Messiah is found twice.

In the Englishman’s Concordance, Strong’s Hebrew 4899 has 39 Occurrences. Interesting detail – ALL are found in the Old Testament!

In the Strong’s Concordance for the Greek word, it is number 3323 Messias meaning Messiah which is the Old Testament title corresponding to Christ. The original word in Greek is Μεσσίας, Want to know how to say Messias? Here’s the phonetic spelling – mes-see’-as. Yes, it means Messiah, the Anointed One.

According to the HELPS Word-studies, word number 3323 is Messías – literally meaning “the anointed one,” and referring to Jesus as the Christ – supremely empowered by the Holy Spirit to accomplish all of the divine plan.

In the Englishman’s Concordance, Strong’s Greek 3323 has 2 Occurrences, both in John in the New Testament. INTERESTING…

Other versions of the New Testament use the word Messiah a few more times, yet still a very significant word and when used means Anointed One.

42 For the Scriptures clearly state that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, the village where King David was born.”

John 7:42 (NLT)

And He was. Angels sang in the Heavenlies to the shepherds tending the fields down from Bethlehem.

The lambs were raised in this field down from Bethlehem had to be perfect. Even their hooves were protected at birth to prevent any blemishes. How were they protected? Their hooves were wrapped with swaddling cloths (do you know swaddling cloths are burial cloths?!)

Their destiny? To be sacrificed in the Temple in Jerusalem.

Do you see the story of Jesus – Messiah – unfolding before your very eyes?

And the shepherds went up to Bethlehem to see…

Does your Bible say UP? Mine doesn’t! it says over or to, yet in Bethlehem last year, our guide told the story of the angels coming to the shepherds DOWN in the fields (that field is still down from Bethlehem – we saw it) and the shepherds going UP to Bethlehem.

I had to find this version of the story in the Bible. And I did – in the Orthodox Jewish Bible.

Here’s the story for you [or go to Biblegateway.com and search for Luke 2 (or Lucas 2) and select the Orthodox Jewish Bible. It’s in English and Hebrew, so read it along with your Bible for clarity.]

Now Yosef [ben Dovid] also went up from the Galil, from the shtetl of Natzeret, to Yehudah, to the Ir Dovid (City of David), which is called Beit-Lechem, because he was of the mishpochah and Bais of Dovid.

And Yosef [ben Dovid] went up to register with Miryam, who had been given to him in erusin (betrothal) and who was with child.

And it came about, while they were there, the yamim (days) were fulfilled for Miryam to give birth.

And she bore her ben, her Bechor (firstborn); and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in an evus (animal feeding trough), because there was no place for them in the malon (inn).

And ro’im (shepherds) were in the same region, living outside in the open air, and keeping shomer over their eder (flock) balailah.

And, suddenly, a malach Hashem stood before them, and the kavod Hashem shone around them; and they were afraid with a yirah gedolah (great fear).

10 And the malach said to them, Do not have pachad (fear, terror); for hinei I announce Besuras HaGeulah to you of great simcha (joy) which will be for kol Am Berit (all the People of the Covenant);

11 Because hayom, in Ir Dovid, has been born to you a Moshia (Go’el, Savior, Oisleizer), who is Rebbe Melech HaMoshiach HaAdon. [YESHAYAH 9:5(6)]

12 And this will be HaOt [The Sign] to you: you will find a small child, an infant, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in an evus. [SHMUEL ALEF 2:34; MELACHIM BAIS 19:29; TEHILLIM 86:17; YESHAYAH 7:14]

13 And, suddenly, there was with the malach a multitude of the Tzivos Hashem, the Tzivos HaShomayim (Armies or Hosts of Heaven) praising Hashem, and saying,

14 Kavod to Hashem in the Highest; and on haaretz shalom among Bnei Adam kavvanah tovah (of good intention). [YESHAYAH 9:5-6; 52:7; 53:5; MICHOH 5:4-5]

15 And it came about, when the malachim withdrew from them to Shomayim, the roim (shepherds) were saying to one another, Let us go now up to Beit-Lechem and let us see this thing that has come about which Hashem has made known to us.

16 And they came in haste and found both Miryam and Yosef [ben Dovid], and the child was lying in the evus (animal feeding trough, see Isa 53:7 on Moshiach the Seh).

17 And when the roim saw this, they made known the dvar concerning this yeled which had been told them.

18 And all who heard it were amazed about the things which were told them by the roim (shepherds).

Oh what other nuances from the Jewish culture and area where Jesus lived have I missed and need to learn?!

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And then the first proclamation – we have found the Messiah!

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).

John 1:35-42 (ESV)

CAN YOU IMAGINE? Truly I ask a favor of you now – savor this thought for a moment and imagine hearing for the first time ever spoken aloud – “We have found the Messiah!”

And then imagine you and all your “baggage” are at the well drawing water when Jesus Christ, the Messiah, asks for a drink…

21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”

John 4:21-26 (ESV)


What a mess I’ve made, Lord, yet you instruct me to let my mess become my message that points others to You.

That’s what our Messiah does for us. When we surrender our mess to Him, our burden is lifted from us as His blood washes us clean and white as snow.

Just like the woman at the well. So go and tell so others may come and see!

“We have found the Messiah!”

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16 thoughts on “Word Nerd Wednesday – Messiah

  1. Oh yay, Susan! 🙂 Love her. — And, love this post. So interesting. Will have to share this with my Jewish husband and get his thoughts on it. Thanks for sharing! And, thank you, Liz for sharing Susan. Merry Christmas, ladies. *hug*

  2. Sometimes I don’t get to emails the day they come and have been thinking about this very subject the last couple days. Grateful for the insight – thanks.

  3. Oh Susan, I am so thankful for your post. I didn’t know that the sacrificial lamb wore swaddliing cloths. Where did you find that information? When the angel proclaimed they would find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths they would have immediately known it was the Christ. I love Hebrew history and how it makes the life of Christ come alive. Praying you girls have the Merriest of Christmases.
    ~Sherry Stahl

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