Isaiah 59:20
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20  He shall come as redeemer to Tzion, To those in Yaakov who turn back from sin —declares Hashem.

u-VA l’-tzi-YON go-AYL ul-sha-VAY FE-sha b’-ya-a-KOV n’-UM a-do-NAI

כ  וּבָא לְצִיּוֹן גּוֹאֵל וּלְשָׁבֵי פֶשַׁע בְּיַעֲקֹב נְאֻם יְהֹוָה׃

 59:20   He shall come as redeemer to Tzion

Ancient ruins in Caesarea.

After the climactic battle described above, Yesha­yahu promises that a redeemer will come to Tzion. Rashi observes, “As long as Tzion is in ruins, the redeemer has not yet come.” On a simple level, Rashi is saying that once the redeemer comes, Tzion will be rebuilt. Hence, if Tzion remains in ruins then surely he has not yet come. On a deeper level, perhaps he is implying that for the redeemer to come, Tzion cannot be in a state of disrepair; instead, the city of Yeru­shalayim and the Land of Israel must first be built by the returnees to the land. Only then will God’s spirit enter the people. Indeed, as the returnees of modern times have begun to rebuild and Eretz Yisrael flourishes, our generation eagerly awaits the redeemer to come.

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  • Seeker

    Tzion being in need of a redeemer doesn’t connote that it lies in ruins or even in disrepair. Too much of an emphasis is put on man’s part in this redemption narrative. HaShem doesn’t need man in order to accomplish His plans. If He’s God (and He is!), what He does and accomplishes is certainly not dependent on anything man does. Of course, He wants our cooperative efforts, but He is all-sufficient—or He is not God.

    Personally, I think we’re concerned too much with the words of Rashi and not enough in awe of the words of HaShem. If we truly reverence what HaShem says, we won’t be so quick to make addendums with what some commentators have to add in their speculative extra-biblical opinings. Opinions are here today, gone tomorrow; God’s Word is eternal.

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