Word of the Week

Baruch haba

Hebrew

Today’s Hebrew is actually 2 words: baruch haba. It looks like this:

ברוך הבא

“Baruch haba b’Shem Adonai—Blessed is He who comes in the Name of Adonai. We bless you from the House of Adonai.” Psalm 118:26 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

Although it is a phrase that Jewish people use to mean “welcome,” it literally means “blessed is [the person] who comes.”  Baruch means blessed.

Shem means name, and be means in, so b’Shem is “in the name.” (Parenthetical thought: Orthodox Jews never pronounce the name of God, instead saying HaShem which means the Name. Ha means the.)

Maimonides, the 12th century philosopher, astronomer, physician and rabbi, wrote his famous “Thirteen Principles of Faith” to encourage every Jew to remain faithful to Messianic expectation. Principle twelve states:

I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah. And even though he may tarry, I will await His coming every day. And he who doubts or diminishes the greatness of the Messiah is a denier in all the Torah for it testifies to the Messiah…And part of this principle is that there is no king of Israel except from the house of David and from the seed of Solomon alone.”

Interestingly, Orthodox Jews proclaim this today while at the same time actually doing the opposite. Their Messiah did come, and they did not recognize the day of their visitation.

and they will level you to the ground, you [Jerusalem] and your children within you. They will not leave in you one stone on another, all because you did not[come progressively to] recognize [from observation and personal experience] the time of your visitation [when God was gracious toward you and offered you salvation] (Luke 19:44 AMP).”

In Matthew 23:39, we read: “For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'” That’s a quotation from Psalm 118:26 which says: “Bless the one who comes in the name of the LORD. We bless you from the house of the LORD.”

It is that verse in Psalms that gives us the modern-day Hebrew greeting baruch haba. (Haba actually means the house. Remember that ha means the. The word for house is ba’it.) It’s kind of like people used to do in centuries past when they would holler “Hello, the house!” when riding their horses up to someone’s house to announce their presence. Only in this case, they are saying “the house bless you”!

That Messianic prophecy also includes: “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” (I really love the last part of that verse!) They have rejected the very One who is the Cornerstone of their rebuilt house.

So while Jews recite principle 12, they are blinded to the Messiah who has already come and reject as Jewish those Jews who recognize Him. (Won’t they be surprised some day?)

It is because they refused to recognize the time of their visitation that God has blinded them in part until the “time of the Gentiles has been fulfilled.”

Some will fall by the edge of the sword, others will be carried into all the countries of the Goyim (nations), and Yerushalayim will be trampled down by the Goyim until the age of the Goyim has run its course (Luke 21:24 CJB).”

“I do not want you, believers, to be unaware of this mystery [God’s previously hidden plan]—so that you will not be wise in your own opinion—that a partial hardening has [temporarily] happened to Israel [to last] until the full number of the Gentiles has come in (Romans 11:25 AMP).”

One day, the remnant of the Jews that survive the coming day of God’s wrath will say Baruch haba!

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