How Kingdom Connection is Uncovering the Deeper Hebrew Meaning of "Comfort My People"
Isaiah 40 reminds us to "comfort my people Israel." Today, "Israel" is a modern State; it is also a first name for many Jews and even some non-Jews, however, its origin, of course, is the Bible.
Israel is the name given to Jacob after wrestling and overcoming an angel as recorded in the Book of Genesis, showing his spiritual strength:
And he said: 'Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel; for thou hast striven with God and with men, and hast prevailed' (Genesis 32:29).
Following the angelic name change, "Israel" in Scripture can refer both to the Land and the People of Israel, for God's chosen people and His promised land, reflect the essence of the angel's blessing.
Furthermore, the very word itself "Israel" has deep and profound significance in the Hebrew language. Israel (pronounced "Yisrael") is spelled with five Hebrew letters: יִשְׂרָאֵל - Yud, Shin, Resh, Alef and Lamed (remember that Hebrew goes from right to left!)
If you notice, the first letter of the word “Israel” is the י – yud, which is the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet. The final letter in “Israel” is the tall lamed – ל, the largest letter in the alphabet.
The very name of the Jewish people, ישראל – Yisrael, alludes to both its humble beginnings as well as its lofty destiny. Even though the People of Israel have been persecuted throughout history, and we have been made small by our enemies, in the end, God promises throughout the Bible that Israel will be raised high at the end of days. How fortunate are we to live in a generation that has seen the transformation of Israel from a persecuted people into a mighty nation!
When we follow Isaiah's injunction and provide comfort to Israel, we are tapping into the deepest meaning of the Hebrew word for Israel and fulfilling the prophetic purpose of the Jewish people. This is precisely what Pastor Jentezen Franklin and all the partners of Kingdom Connection have done by showing great love for the families in Moshav Mevo Modi’im who have been victimized by fire. You have truly brought great comfort to God's people Israel and have helped raise them up from the ashes to regain their dignity and humanity.
by Rabbi Tuly Weisz
Rabbi “Tuly” Weisz is the founder of Israel365 and serves as the editor of The Israel Bible and publisher of Breaking Israel News. Rabbi Tuly often speaks to Evangelical groups visiting Israel and loves to fellowship with Christians about Israel and the Bible, so please feel free to send him an email at [email protected].