The traditional blessing for entering the mikvah is “Baruch
ata adonai eloheinu melech ha-olam asher kid-shanu b'mitzvo-tav
v'tzi-vanu al ha-tvilah. Blessed are You, Oh Lord Our God, King of
the Universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and has
commanded us concerning immersion.”
Hatvilah means “immersion/mikvah – ‘pool’ or “where the waters are
The word “mikvah” begins with the Hebrew letter “mem.” “Mem” means
“water” in the ancient Hebrew pictograph. “Mem” is also the first
letter of “mayim” which means “water.”
There is an interesting connection between “mayim” and “Miryam.”
According to Numbers 20:1-2, when Miryam (sister of Moses) died,
there was no longer a “water supply” in the wilderness for the
Israelites. The water was cut off along with Miryam. But God
miraculously made water flow from the Rock, which is Yeshua (1
Corinthians 10:4), Who is the source of “living water” (“mayim
Chayim”), in John 7:37, “If anyone thirsts, let
him come to Me and from his innermost being will flow rivers of
look at the concept of mikvah from “the beginning.”
Genesis 1:9 - the
waters being “gathered into one place” –in Hebrew reads “Makom Echad.”
From the root word “Makom” comes “Mikvah” (a “pool” or “gathering or
water”), again - natural water created by God - not anything
manufactured, treated or made by man.
In Genesis 1:1-2 it says, “the Spirit of God was hovering above the
waters.” According to the Midrash this was the “Spirit of the
Messiah.” It reads in MIDRASH RABBA 1:2, “And the Spirit of the
Lord shall rest upon Him,” meaning that the Spirit of the Messiah
that was “hovering” over the waters during creation would one day
“rest” upon the Messiah in the future.
The Jewish sages concluded this from Isaiah 11:1-2:
There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
The Spirit of the
shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the
As Messianic Believers in Yeshua, we can agree with the Jewish sages
and add some further insights. The same Holy Spirit that
“overshadowed” the waters during “creation” also overshadowed
“Miryam” (similar to “mayim”/“water”) the mother of Yeshua,
impregnating her and forming within her a “new creation” (2
As we all know a very famous messianic prophecy is found in Isaiah
7:14, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give
you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and
shall call His name Immanuel.”
Another Messianic prophecy connects with Isaiah 7:14 found in Isaiah
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His
government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the
of hosts will perform this.
It is very interesting that the writer (Isaiah) intentionally
misspelled the Hebrew word in verses 7, “MARBAY” which means
“increase.” It begins with the letter “MEM.” There are two forms
of the letter MEM. One is open at the bottom, which is typically
used at the beginning and middle of a word, and the closed bottomed
MEM, which is only used at the end of a word.
Mysteriously Isaiah uses a “closed MEM” AT THE BEGINNING OF “MARBAY!”
The Talmud agrees that the closed “MEM” reveals a secret and hidden
teaching which is related to the “sealing up” of Messiah’s identity.
Could it be that the “closed MEM” Isaiah uses here represents the
“closed WOMB” that brings for the Messiah that he is speaking of? A
womb never penetrated by man, but a “closed womb” sovereignly
impregnated by the HOLY SPIRIT!
Add to this – the Lord says to Isaiah in 42:9 “new (secret) things I
declare to you before they spring into being.”
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