Does God actually tell us His plans ahead of time? How would we know that it was Him speaking? And would anyone bother to pay attention? Is there an example in scripture that could be examined that would illustrate this and would point us to Messiah?
Isaiah was one of the major prophets in ancient Israel who spoke around the year 600 BC. He explained many things on behalf of the LORD concerning Israel and her future. Some of these prophecies detailed a coming Servant that would suffer and die for the sins of the people.
In Chapter 53 Isaiah describes this Servant in great detail and in Verse 1 he writes this:
Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
In this statement, Isaiah writes that the LORD is asking a revealing question. Who has believed our report? The LORD has been offering a report on the arm of the LORD to which no one is apparently interested in hearing. As Isaiah continues this passage, the arm of the LORD is shown to be the Servant that will not just make, but be an offering for the sins of the people.
The report to which Isaiah refers is the Hebrew word Shemuah. This is an example of the LORD revealing His plans to us. Shemuah usually means a message, instruction, teaching, or doctrine. Solomon in Proverbs 25 verse 25 says this about Shemuah:
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
The good news to which Solomon refers is Shemuah. The five letters that spell Shemuah are pictograms that contain content which can be very instructive. What can we learn from these Ancient Hebrew Pictograms? Shemuah is spelled Sheen Mem Vav Ayin Hey.
Sheen is the picture of teeth and means to consume, to crush, to press, or to destroy. It is the one letter God uses to identify Himself.
Mem is the picture of waters that can be the gentle waters of life , or chaotic and destructive like a tsunami. It can refer to the Word of God or the Living Waters that bring life.
Vav is the picture of the wooden hook or metal nail and means to fasten or secure two things together that are separated from one another.
Ayin is the picture of the eye and means to see, to know, or to experience.
Hey is the picture of the man with outstretched hands to the heavens and means to look, behold, or pay attention to what follows.
What can we determine from this?
The Sheen tells us that this message is from God.
The Mem tell us that this message is about the Living Waters.
The Vav relays that this is connected to what comes next, which is the Ayin.
The Ayin means we will see and know and experience this Living Water.
And finally, the Hey reminds us to behold this Living Water and pay attention to what follows.
To whom is this referring? Who is the Living Water that comes from the LORD? The Apostle John wrote these words which were spoken by Jesus Christ to the woman at the well in John Chapter 4 verse 14:
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst:
but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water
springing up into everlasting life.
God does tell us His future plans! Here in the pictograms for Shemuah the coming of the Messiah, the Living waters is foretold. He is warning us to pay close attention, everlasting life is at stake.
But there is something else hidden in the word Shemuah. There are two nested words to be found.
Remember, the Vav connects and fastens things together that are separated from one another. Here, the Vav connects what is on the right side of the word, the Sheen Mem, to what is on the left side of the word, the Ayin Hey.
Sheen Mem is the word Shem and is often simply translated name. in Hebrew thought the Shem or name of someone had meaning. It was often a summary of the exploits or a description of the characteristics of the person named.
Ayin Hey is the word Ayah and means salvation.
Can you see the hidden message found here in these two nested words? In Shemuah a significant name is connected to salvation!
Where will this appear in history? Can we confirm what the significant name is?
In the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 1 verse 21 Matthew records the words that the angel Gabriel told Joseph about his betrothed wife Mary. This is the only place in the New Testament that the phrase he shall save his people appears with the word sins.
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call this name JESUS:
for he shall save his people from their sins.
We get the name Jesus from the Hebrew word Yeshua which means to deliver, to rescue, or to save. Yeshua or Jesus is the name of the one Isaiah connected to our salvation.
The apostle John confirmed this truth in 1 John Chapter 4 Verse 14 and 15:
And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent
the Son to be the Savior of the world.
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God,
God dwelleth in him and he in God.